7 Damaging Words you Should Never Say to Your Teenager

Adolescence is a time of independence. It’s a time when your teenager breaks free of her childhood and may begin to resist your influence in her life. Regardless of the behavior she is currently displaying, your daughter needs your support, encouragement and guidance. According to Psychology Today, parents influence their teens through instruction, by example,… Read more »

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5 Benefits of a Therapeutic Boarding School

While a traditional boarding school is often an ideal solution for students who need to be challenged academically or need structure to keep them on track, Greenbrier Academy’s therapeutic boarding school provides additional benefits. Greenbrier Academy for Girls is a residential facility created to provide help for troubled teens. Like traditional boarding schools, we provide housing and academics,… Read more »

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Unhealthy Privacy: Is Your Teenager Isolating?

Teenagers are social by nature, especially with their peers. The teenage years are also a time of growing independence. Your teenage daughter may assert this independence by spending more time by herself when she’s at home and asking others to respect her privacy by knocking before they enter her room. This is normal and does not necessarily mean… Read more »

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I Think my Daughter has an Eating Disorder: 10 Signs

Eating disorders are complex and potentially life-threatening conditions that affect an individual’s health and relationships. According to NationalEatingDisorders.org, approximately 20 million women in the United States suffer from a type of eating disorder. These disorders often begin early on in life with concerns about body shape and weight. In fact, approximately 40 to 60 percent… Read more »

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Can Drum Therapy Cure Mental Illness?

  The use of drums in our lives is nothing new. Excavations of Mesopotamian sites have revealed that drums existed as early as 6,000 BC. Throughout the years, drums have been used for creating music, for rituals, and for ceremonies. Older cultures also used drumming for therapeutic purposes. While many individuals have claimed over the… Read more »

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Parent’s Corner: Family Healing Begins With You

“What is my part in this?” This is an important question that every individual can ask themselves whenever there is a problem, a disconnect, or a situation that is in need of change. Often, as parents, it is difficult to look at our part in the problem, especially when our teenager is suddenly acting out… Read more »

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How to Recognize Childhood Trauma in Your Teen

  Childhood trauma can occur in many ways. Parents who foster or adopt children are more likely to experience the effects of childhood trauma due to extreme losses, adverse experiences and challenges the children have encountered. However, even children born into safe, protected homes and families may experience trauma at some point in their life.

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Self-Harm: What Every Parent Should Know

For many parents, the concept of self-harm is strange and confusing.  You may feel helpless and anxious about the fact that your daughter is engaging in this behavior. Estimates show that approximately one in every 200 teens between the ages of 13 and 19 cut themselves on a regular basis. This isn’t the only type… Read more »

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Equine Therapy and Mental Health

When you’re searching for the best therapeutic boarding school for your daughter, there are important questions to consider: What is the credibility and success rate of the program? How caring and equipped is the staff? Have I heard any of the testimonies of alumni? Is the location and atmosphere conducive to recovery? What about the curriculum? These… Read more »

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