Teen Issues Treated with Therapy at Shepherd’s Hill Academy
Shepherd’s Hill Academy has successfully treated a wide range of teen (ages 12-17) issues and behavioral conditions. With a highly-trained boys and girls residential team and fully-licensed therapeutic team, Shepherd’s Hill Academy offers a unique blend of holistic and evidence-based practices combined with a proven wilderness component.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Diagnosis
- Anger Issues
- Mood Disorders- Anxiety, Depression & Bi-Polar Disorder
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
- Self-Harm & Suicidal Thoughts
- Sexual Abuse Victims
- Are there Exclusions from the Shepherd's Hill Academy Program?
- Student Success Rate
- Substance Abuse and Digital Addiction Recovery
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Diagnosis
Sixty-nine percent of students at Shepherd’s Hill Academy who were on a medication regimen for ADHD and other disorders were able to be taken off their medication or saw a significant reduction in their regiment during their time at Shepherd’s Hill Academy. Our therapeutic team offers a wide range of therapeutic methods, including cognitive behavior therapy, in order to create an individualized program for your teen with ADHD.
Many teens arrive at Shepherd’s Hill Academy with anger issues. Twenty-seven percent of our students have been involved with their county’s legal system. Our program is extremely effective in dealing with anger and the underlying causes.
Equine, group, and individual therapies allow your teen to develop healthy coping mechanisms and relationship-building skills. When combined with our wilderness component, cultural and digital influences are removed, creating a simpler environment for your teen to truly heal. Anger management therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness techniques are used by our therapists.
Mood Disorders- Anxiety, Depression & Bi-Polar Disorder
Mood disorders are prevalent among today’s teen population and are no stranger to Shepherd’s Hill Academy. Our therapeutic team works specifically with teens suffering from anxiety, depression, bi-polar, and other mood disorders.
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and the practice of mindfulness are two of the therapeutic methods used to offer healing to teens with mood disorders.
Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
Shepherd’s Hill Academy has seen success in teens suffering from oppositional defiance disorder. There is no medication designated to treat ODD. Residential care at Shepherd’s Hill Academy has proven to be an effective treatment.
Our licensed therapeutic team specializes in anger management, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy, allowing them to successfully work with teens suffering from ODD. In addition, family sessions for the adolescent, equine therapy, and the unplugged wilderness environment offered at SHA are conducive to a teen’s success.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD treatment is successful for teens dealing with a wide range of traumatic life events. A teen may develop PTSD as a result of a violence, natural disasters, or sexual or physical abuse.
At Shepherd’s Hill Academy, our therapist holds a certification in family trauma. Our team works extensively with cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness to create a comprehensive plan and conducive environment for your teen to heal.
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Another form of trauma, often associated with neglect or lack of basic care, RAD is a common disorder treated at Shepherd’s Hill Academy. Often seen in adopted children or those who have had traumatic childhood experiences, RAD often results in poor relationship skills, lack of trust, defiance, anger, and other issues.
Our licensed therapeutic staff are fully equipped to deal with trauma, including that of reactive attachment disorder. Our safe environment is structured and secure, aiding your teen’s development. The wilderness component is unplugged, allowing teens to build healthy relationships and develop coping mechanisms.
Self-Harm & Suicidal Thoughts
Eighteen percent of the Shepherd’s Hill Academy student population has suffered from and engaged in some form of self-harm. Our therapists and staff are trained to recognize self-injurious behavior and to take necessary steps to guide and enable healing. Shepherd’s Hill Academy is fully equipped to recognize and handle self-harm threats and suicidal ideation. We are able to provide safety watches without outsourcing to a hospital or acute facility.
Our therapy program has assisted numerous students in healing from self-harm. Our wilderness component removes students from the current cultural environment and replaces it with a simpler living atmosphere that further aids in the healing process.
Sexual Abuse Victims
Teens who have been victims of sexual abuse find healing at Shepherd’s Hill Academy. Our environment is conducive to healing for those who have been victims of sexual abuse or assault.
Our therapists are trained in trauma therapy, allowing them to offer the best possible care to your teen. Our wilderness environment will remove your teen from the influences of popular culture, saturated with sexualized images and ideas. Our program, while accepting both boys and girls, is 100% separated by gender, removing distraction and allowing for full recovery.
Are there Exclusions from the Shepherd's Hill Academy Program?
Yes. At this time Shepherd’s Hill Academy is unable to accept students with an intermittent explosive disorder, certain sexual deviances, severe reactive attachment disorder, arson, cruelty to animals, homicidal or violent tendencies (particularly outside the home), eating disorders or psychosis.
Please give us the opportunity to evaluate your unique situation to determine your teen’s eligibility for our program.
Student Success Rate
Teens who have entered our program and graduated have gone on to do great things with their life. You can visit the Graduation Statistics page to see information on what teens have been able to accomplish through SHA. For more resources, visit our Resources page.
If you have any questions about our programs or approach, please do not hesitate to call us at (706) 779-5766
Substance Abuse and Digital Addiction Recovery
The environment at Shepherd’s Hill Academy is conducive to substance abuse and digital addiction recovery, particularly within our wilderness therapy component and unplugged therapy. Our holistic healing approach, when combined with other evidence-based therapy methods, offers teens a full range of therapy programs and activities for true recovery, healing, and healthy development.
*Teens who are addicted to chemical substances must detox before their enrollment at Shepherd’s Hill Academy. Our facilities do not provide detox services.