Neurofeedback treatment addresses numerous problems of brain dysregulation, including the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum and cerebral palsy.
Most children and adolescents at Mountain Youth Academy have multiple diagnoses. In addition to their primary diagnosis all students here also deal with either a perceived or actual traumatic event in their history. Developmental theorists state that when there is a perceived or actual traumatic event in the life of a child, they develop beliefs or lies about themselves that provokes their behaviors. These negative cognitions continue to build upon themselves with each acting-out behavior, leaving them with low self-esteem and hopelessness about their future. Our clinical program here is designed to work towards breaking these negative cognitions and replacing these beliefs with the truth about who these children and adolescents are.
Our program begins with helping the students face their current life situations, dysfunctional behavior, emotional upheaval, false beliefs and core wounding. Then we help them begin healing, looking at truth and acceptance, comfort and peace, empowered living and a hopeful future. Our program is based on a 12 month stay for the students during which time they will spend approximately two weeks on each of the following issues in individual and group therapy:
We will also spend time working with the students about attachment to others. Dr. Bessell van der Kolk has completed extensive studies after the 9/11 tragedies. His therapists did very detailed research regarding each person’s childhood history before they began treatment. The findings of this research clearly identified those individuals who suffered an acute episode of stress disorder (temporary) as those who had developed strong attachments in childhood. Whereas those who were diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder had poor attachments in childhood. This research is important to us as therapists to address the attachments of each student and teach them healthy attachments. This bears a huge responsibility as we want them to learn that people are not all good or all bad. It is a very sensitive subject in how we professionally handle the relationships that these students have or had with their families.
Our job is to teach the students the truth about themselves, who they are and what they deserve. Our responsibility is to teach them to see themselves as lovable, worth affection, attention, care and protection and how they can now meet these needs for themselves. Mountain Youth Academy will strive to teach each student how special they really are that they might internalize this and graduate from our program as a healthier person.
Mountain Youth Academy provides individualized, trauma-focused treatment to boys and girls ages 5–17. We strive to provide mental health and educational services that enhance the quality of life for at-risk youth and their families. See what Mountain Youth Academy can do for you and your family, call us today at 423-727-9898 for a confidential, no-cost assessment. You may also reach us by email at [email protected] or fax at 423-727-9899.