Discovery Day Treatment offers individualized treatment plans for each student. Our clinicians boast over 75 years of combined experience treating teens.
Students receive 1-2 hours of psychotherapy with their individual therapist each week. Individual therapy sessions will address the student’s needs as identified in the student’s individualized treatment plan goals and objectives. Our therapists are trained to address issues associated with depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, attachment, substance use, and related behavioral issues.
At Discovery Day Treatment, we believe successfully treating the student means addressing the family’s needs as well. Each family will have the opportunity to participate in a minimum of one hour of weekly family therapy. In family therapy, family members will identify relationship patterns and roles and help uncover ways each family member can support the student’s progress. These sessions can be conducted in person at the facility, by teleconference, or by telephone.
Group therapy occurs daily at Discovery Day Treatment. Group sessions will include psychotherapy process, recreation, and expressive group therapy.
- Psychotherapy group therapy provides each student the opportunity to grow and develop in the areas of managing thoughts and emotions, developing and maintaining healthy relationships, and the process of making a healthy change.
- Recreation group therapy groups utilize recreation to encourage learning and therapeutic change through goal-oriented activity interventions.
- Expressive group therapy gives each student the opportunity to gain confidence and build resilience by inviting them to risk and grow by “taking the stage.”
EXPRESSIVE ART THERAPY
Discovery Day Treatment provides a variety of Expressive Art Therapies during the week. Expressive Art Therapy provides students the opportunity to process feelings, experiences, and memories that may be difficult to verbalize with words. We utilize story and poem writing, music, drama, dance, and crafts such as set and prop design and production. Discovery Day Treatment students will learn and practice principles of resiliency as they hone their talents and interests and as they experience challenges and success. Expressive Art Therapy is not about the goal of creating flawless performances or works, but rather growing through the process.
Discovery Day Treatment’s recreation therapy groups consist of recreation tasks combined with therapeutic goals. These groups may be psychoeducational or process-oriented, aimed at supporting the client’s individualized treatment goals. The recreation tasks are used as a tool to facilitate change in a client’s functioning, with special emphasis on leisure strategies.
Recreation therapy tasks may also utilize music, art, movement, sports, games, sensory experiences, outdoor adventure (rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, skiing, etc.), and cultural and educational outings. Our goals in this area for the Discovery Day Treatment program include increasing personal expression and self-awareness, learning stress management and relaxation strategies, expressing gratitude and optimism, connecting mind and body through mindfulness, and increasing self-efficacy and resilience. Students will increase their understanding of leisure education in order to pursue their lifelong use of recreation for social connection, relaxation, personal development, and health promotion.
SAND TRAY THERAPY
One form of Expressive Therapy provided at Discovery Day Treatment is sand tray therapy. Sand tray therapy is a nonverbal, therapeutic intervention that makes use of a sandbox, toy figures, and sometimes water, as communication tools to create scenes of miniature worlds that reflect a person’s inner thoughts, struggles, and concerns. This form of therapy is utilized along with individual and family talk therapy sessions.
Neurofeedback is a method that directly trains and improves brain function. Neurofeedback allows students to observe their brain in action from moment to moment and shows that information back to the student. The student can then change their brain activity to more appropriate patterns. This is done by placing a band or electrodes on the head to monitor different parts of the brain. Then, through audio or visual feedback, students can see how their brain reacts to different prompts. Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain dysregulation associated with anxiety, depression, sleep, PTSD, and ADHD.