During individual therapy, students establish a one-on-one relationship with a licensed mental health therapist who is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for them to share and process their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Through individual therapy, students are able to receive targeted, customized attention and support in a completely confidential and caring environment.
Zion Hill's focus is on enabling students to reenter the family environment. When a student is struggling, there’s often a family component – whether the family has contributed to or been impacted by a student’s behaviors and challenges. Through family therapy, all members of the family can learn to express themselves, improve listening skills and uncover underlying issues that can be brought to the surface and dealt with. New, productive modes of communication and self-expression can help lay the foundations for lifelong healthy family relationships.
Group therapy is often an excellent complementary approach to other forms of therapy. In addition to processing their thoughts and feelings directly with a skilled facilitator, residents are invited to share their experiences with their peers in a supervised clinical environment. Group therapy is an important component of Zion Hill’s positive peer culture, which helps students learn through others’ experiences and by playing an important role in facilitating the growth and healing of other students.
Developmental Object Relations Treatment:
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that aims at addressing the needs of children and adolescents (ages 3 to 18) with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other difficulties related to traumatic life events. The goal of TF-CBT is to provide psychoeducation to both the child and the caregivers and help them to identify and cope with emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Research has shown TF-CBT to be effective in treating childhood Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and children who have experienced traumatic events.
EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is a technique that’s used to help individuals process disturbing memories. It’s often used as an approach to help people suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This therapy is usually employed when an individual has made enough progress in TF-CBT that this type of deeper treatment is indicated and safe. When students receive EMDR treatment, they typically recall difficult memories while following a therapist’s instructions regarding eye movements and other external stimuli. Numerous clinical studies have shown EMDR therapy is an effective, non-invasive strategy for helping process traumatic memories over time.
Experiential therapy builds on the work done through other forms of treatment, such as group therapy or individual counseling and general daily experiences that can help teach and develop different, healthier thought patterns. The “experience” itself varies based on the needs and interests of the student, and could range from music to art to outdoor therapy. By taking action, students are empowered to take an active role in their own recoveries and find a way to meaningfully integrate what they are learning in other contexts into the physical world and their day-to-day lives.