Our Approach

Our therapeutic approach helps your child develop a healthy sense of self, create and sustain healthy relationships, and address their individual clinical needs. What makes our approach so effective is the strong relationships that are developed between your child, their therapist and all of our staff. By establishing rapport and setting clear and consistent boundaries, an optimal therapeutic environment is created, resulting in positive changes and growth in your child.

Your child will benefit from:

Individual Therapy

Our therapists work with your child to examine their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and the relationships and patterns between them, so that they can better understand themselves and the issues that cause them to struggle. Therapists use a variety of therapeutic models, including Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy and Interventions, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Social Skills Training, Anger Management, a variety of therapy workbooks on such topics as grief and loss, adoption, trauma, functional family therapy, family systems therapy and other therapy modalities as deemed appropriate.

We also work to resolve frustrations, fears, angers, and felt inadequacies that may have led to your child’s problems. Counseling is individualized and focuses on:

  • Finding and increasing sources of self-confidence
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Understanding strong feelings
  • Processing solutions
  • Developing healthy coping skills
  • Seeing behavior objectively and gaining a sense of control

Group Therapy

Your child will participate in group therapy five days per week. Therapy may focus on a specific weekly theme or specific issues. In group therapy, a safe environment is established that creates trust and enables your child to openly express his or her feelings within a group of peers. The group sessions are staff directed and your child is encouraged to openly give and receive feedback. One of the biggest values of group therapy is that your son or daughter will be interacting with other adolescents who may be facing similar issues to the ones he or she faces. Your child can begin to see that they are not alone in their struggles and that there is hope and help. It is comforting to hear from other teens that may have a similar difficulty or have already worked through a problem that deeply disturbs another group member. The group interaction also offers your child the opportunity to learn more about the way they interact with others.

Milieu Therapy

Milieu therapy is a planned treatment environment in which every day events and interpersonal interactions are therapeutically designed for the purpose of producing and supporting changes in behavior. The objective of the therapeutic milieu is to provide a clearly delineated set of expectations for your child, combined with a secure and nurturing environment. At Boulder Creek Academy, all of our staff members serve as role models to assist your son or daughter in learning improved problem solving and individual and community relationship skills.

Family Therapy

You will be involved in counseling with your child and their therapist on a weekly basis. Our family therapy is done through a conference call or an online video platform. Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling. Through this process, we work with you and your child to help deepen family connections, improve communication, resolve conflicts and identify family dynamic issues that need to be resolved. Letter writing or written assignments may also be a key component of improving relationships, as well as in person therapy sessions during parent workshop/visits.

Activity/Recreational Therapy

Through our Adventure Education curriculum, we provide experiential activities that offer a proven and creative way to explore treatment issues in a non-threatening and dynamic way and that help your child develop a variety of strengths. For example, while rock climbing with a group of students, your son or daughter will have the opportunity to work on communication skills and collaborative problem-solving. Experiential activities also provide great opportunities for students to develop leadership and self-regulation skills. In addition, we offer Parent-Child adventure education trips that create an opportunity for connection, growth and a memorable experience for you and your child.

Therapeutic Behavioral Interventions

Behavioral management protocols are used for responding when your child exhibits ongoing negative behaviors. Interventions are implemented to address these behaviors and are tailored to meet the therapeutic needs of your child. Our individualized behavioral management strategies follow a progressive, intervention model including redirection through verbal cuing, self-monitored time out and staff-directed time out. All of our staff, both office and direct care, are trained in verbal de-escalation and Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI).

Restorative Circles

At Boulder Creek Academy we are using Restorative Circles to support students when they have a conflict with one another. The restorative approach affirms the inherent worth of every child. The process holds students accountable, while empowering students with responsibility for resolving their own conflicts. Moreover, students gain valuable insight as to the perspectives of others and learn active listening skills. Restorative practice provides our students with valuable tools for healing relationships and for achieving mutual understanding and collaboration.

Substance/Internet/Gaming Abuse Prevention and Education

If your child struggled with extreme internet/gaming or substance use, we will work with your son or daughter to understand the effects of his/her abuse, how to identify addiction issues, and to look into the reasons for use. Your child will also work closely with our certified substance abuse/addiction specialist, who collaborates with their individual therapist on areas of concerns, goals and relapse prevention plan.