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DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)

DBT is the acronym for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Originally designed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), DBT skills are also used to optimize treatment modalities for other challenging conditions. For example, DBT therapy is often used to address teen eating disorders. What Is DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)? Dialectical Behavior Therapy [...]

Nature Therapy and Teen Treatment

The benefits of nature therapy are powerful for teens. That’s why residential treatment centers for youth often feature Adventure Therapy and Horticulture Therapy in the great outdoors. Hence, teens experience the joy, fun, and positivity that come with nature connection. Therefore, adolescent residential treatment centers that are on or near beautiful landscapes have the opportunity […]

How Do SSRIs Work in the Teen Brain?

SSRI is an acronym that parents and teens may hear when researching options for treating depression. SSRI stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. This drug is the most commonly prescribed antidepressant. In addition, SSRIs are prescribed to treat anxiety. How do SSRIs work? Let’s take a closer look. First, a few statistics: The number of […]

Shawn Daugherty

Executive Director Shawn Daugherty Shawn Daugherty has extensive leadership experience in the mental health treatment field. His roles have included director of behavioral health at Parkland Medical Center in Derry, New Hampshire; executive director at Lowell Treatment Center in Lowell, Massachusetts; and director of clinical services and case management at the Medical Center of Aurora, [...]

William Mackey

Counselor William Mackey William chose the field of teen treatment in order to help teens going through what he once experienced. Therefore, he works with adolescents struggling with addiction, as well as anxiety, depression, disordered eating, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and family issues.  William is a recovery specialist and uses approaches drawn from trauma-informed treatment, Motivational [...]

Andrea E. Greenberg

Family Therapist Andrea E. Greenberg Andrea E. Greenberg believes that we all have the capacity to shine, and sometimes we need help to reach our goals. As a child, Andrea experienced homelessness, abuse, and neglect. She credits her guidance counselor in junior high school for saving her life and, as a result, she was inspired [...]

Signs of a Major Depressive Episode in Teens

More and more teens are experiencing what’s known as a major depressive episode. Also referred to as an MDE, these episodes are severe periods of clinical depression. Over the past 30 years, mental health experts have expanded their understanding of teen depression. In the 1980s, depression was considered primarily an adult disorder. However, an epidemic […]

Types of Mental Health Treatment for Teens

Adolescent treatment for teenage depression, teen anxiety, and other teen mental health challenges take time and care. Thus, different stages of the healing process may require different types of mental health treatment. Therefore, mental health treatment options for teens range from youth residential treatment to intensive outpatient therapy to partial hospitalization programs to day treatment […]

Anxiety in School: How Parents Can Help

Most teens get a little anxious about starting school. A certain amount of school-related anxiety is normal for adolescents. But when nervousness crosses over into full-fledged anxiety in school, teens need extra support. Anxiety disorders in teenagers is increasingly common among adolescents. In fact, studies show that nearly 32 percent of American teens between the ages […]

Warning Signs of Teen Self-Injury

Self-Injury refers to injuring yourself on purpose. Also known as self-harm, self-injury is a symptom of extreme emotional distress. Unfortunately, this act is becoming increasingly common in teens. A recent analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control reveals that up to 30 percent of teenage girls say they have intentionally injured themselves. Moreover, they […]