3 Most Effective Troubled Teen Residential Treatment Options

The other day, I had an interesting conversation with a mom about her 15-year-old girl. We discussed her daughter’s struggles with chronic depression and anxiety. She talked about her beautiful daughter’s potential and dreams and how suddenly, when she was 12 years old, her life came to a halt.  She told me she could not recognize […]

Is My Teen in Need?

The teenage years are a time of experimentation and pushing boundaries. Hormones and emotions can become overwhelming, often swinging wildly, and both parents and teens can find themselves left feeling baffled by the behavior.  As a parent, you might wonder what happened to that sweet little girl or that affectionate little boy you once held […]

Five Steps To Help Your Daughter From Spiraling Down

As a parent with a daughter, your hands will be full when it comes to navigating her emotional life, especially during adolescence. Between the pressures of social media, friendship drama, and body image, there’s plenty of room for your daughter to decline into bouts of anxiety, depression, and reckless behavior. But it’s possible for you […]

Teen Suicide Risks, Warning Signs, and Intervention

Suicidal teenagers are in the deepest and darkest pain imaginable. A teen will typically think a suicide plan through in detail while being stuck in this pain. But many suicides can be prevented when the adults in a teen’s life know the risks and warning signs — and understand what to do and who to […]

Mental Health and Teens: Know the Signs

Oftentimes, it can be a struggle to acknowledge the sneaking suspicion that your teen may be dealing with mental illness. But ignoring the problem will not make it go away and will more than likely make the problem worse. An undiagnosed mental illness can lead your teen down a dangerous path of self-medicating with drugs, […]

Substance Abuse Treatment – How To Choose The Program For Your Daughter

There are many substance abuse treatment programs available to help your daughter deal with her substance abuse.  Many of these programs offer the same benefits and advantages and are probably the types of programs that you are most familiar with.  If you feel like something more specialized would be of greater benefit to your child, […]

A Girls Therapeutic Boarding School – Is It Right For Your Child?

Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Until They Don’t. Girls have a reputation for being more difficult to raise than boys–past a certain age. It’s not entirely their fault, though. Part of it has to do with puberty and the hormones involved, and part of it has to do with society. The “cool” kid […]

ADHD Myths And Where To Find Help

Teens often have trouble sitting still, listening, and paying attention, but when teens don’t follow instructions and blurt out inappropriate comments, they might have a problem deeper than simply being a teenager. ADHD is a disorder that often appears early in childhood. When you see your teenager acting strange, you might wonder if they have […]

Why Shame Is The New Trauma And How It Fuels Substance Abuse In Teens

  Substance abuse in troubled teens is often a result of shame, or more specifically, shame-based trauma – so, why is it then that parents never hear about it? It’s not because it doesn’t exist; it’s primarily because shame isn’t something people want to discuss, nor is it a comfortable topic when they do. However, […]