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Alabama Therapeutic Boarding School for Girls

Evangelhouse is an ideal option for parents seeking an Alabama girl’s therapeutic boarding school. Since 1995 Evangelhouse Christian Academy has graduated over 200 students attending from over 30 states and 5 foreign countries. We have enrolled multiple students from cities such as Birmingham, Huntsville, and Montgomery. Our Christian Academy employs licensed teachers with advanced degrees who administer a nationally accredited curriculum. Our unique and thorough therapeutic evaluation process guides education planning for each student.

A Therapeutic Boarding School Alabama Girls Love

We are a Christian Therapeutic Boarding School for girls from Alabama and all over the southeast. Located in Louisana, we serve girls with depression, anxiety, problematic behavior, social issues, family discord, and more from Alabama and across the US. The Evangelhouse therapeutic boarding school was established in 1995 to serve Christian families with a quality residential treatment option for troubled teen girls.  In its quest to do so, Evangelhouse pioneered a treatment model that blends licensed behavioral healthcare with the structure of a traditional Christian boarding school.  Since then, it has evolved to become the premier non-denominational Christian option in the marketplace of high-quality teen residential treatment centers.

We are the #1 choice for a therapeutic boarding school for girls for Alabama families. We have enrolled students from Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, and across the state. Give us a call today to set up a tour and see if Evangelhouse is right for your daughter.

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    Alabama Teen Mental Health Stats

    You can find local resources in Alabama here: https://mh.alabama.gov/

    • In Alabama, about 12,000 adolescents aged 12–17 received treatment for major depression.
    • 8.33% of teens in Alabama have used drugs and 9.15% of teens in Alabama have consumed alcohol.
    • One out of five girls ages twelve to seventeen had experienced major depression within the last year.
    • 8.9 percent of teens experiment with drugs every month.
    • 16.4 percent of teens abuse alcohol
    • 9.5 percent engage in binge drinking
    • 7.7 percent of children between 4 and 17 are diagnosed with ADHD every year.

    10.3% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.4 million) have diagnosed anxiety or depression. Diagnoses of depression and anxiety are more common with increased age.

    Specialty Services offered for Children and Adolescents in Alabama (state resources)


    Child and Adolescent services are offered for those 18 years old and younger who meet the criteria for SED. Alabama’s treatment providers offer a continuum of care ranging from crisis, outpatient, outreach, day, and residential. One or more of these services is offered in all 67 counties. If your daughter would best benefit from a therapeutic boarding school that caters to families from Alabama and surrounding states, start our assessment process today by clicking here.

    School-Based Mental Health Collaboration (SBMHC)
    First Episode of Psychosis (FEP)
    Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)

    Interested in learning more? Click on a button to learn about our academic component, therapy offered, or the spiritual component of the program.

    The Evangelhouse Boarding School Milieu

    The strength of the Evangelhouse program is based on our ability to establish a supportive community environment for your daughter. Essentially, we have developed communities within communities that have layers of support deriving from residential, clinical, and academic staff. Each staff member is responsible for leading comparable-aged girls on similar topics that are formed based on the unique emotional needs your daughter presents. These communities aim to be more like a family, with more warmth and acceptance.

    The therapeutic boarding school program at Evangelhouse emphasizes and promotes community service. There are many benefits that our students receive by participating in this aspect of the program. One benefit is learning by doing to develop strong working relationships. While students are giving back to their communities, they are learning how to become responsible and respectful. They grow to understand that teamwork is established on the basis of trust in that each individual promises to deliver on their responsibilities to the program. The Evangelhouse community service program fosters a friendly social environment that engages our teenage girls to work with staff and colleagues.  This aspect of the program in turn nurtures their confidence and trust in each other outside of the academic setting. 

    Your daughter will benefit by living in a structured community like Evangelhouse. Part of the experience of this community is becoming a member of positive peer culture. Receiving helpful feedback from her peers will be helpful to your daughter as she learns to work with her peer group to overcome challenges.  When your daughter experiences positive connections with her peers, it will foster her positive self-esteem and image. The therapist’s role during individual sessions includes facilitation and observation while in the milieu. The therapist also provides feedback and direction. To sum it up, the peer-group connection at Evangelhouse is a vital experience because it will foster your daughter’s positive growth.

    During milieu therapy, every member of the peer group has a responsibility for their own welfare as well as for the welfare of the group. Milieu therapy provides a safe setting where your daughter is encouraged to share emotional issues. Prior to the therapy session, the group will establish norms and expectations and then come to an agreement on how to enforce them. Therapists commonly initiate a talking point on the basis of how a decision or behavior affected the larger group. One goal of milieu therapy is for the community member to develop relationship skills. Another goal is to develop adaptive coping methods. The overall process fosters positive growth and connectivity to the community of peers.

    Alabama Girls and Depression

    Evangelhouse therapeutic boarding academy is for girls from Alabama and the surrounding states. In the southeastern US, depression is generally a more common, and potentially more impactful illness than most girls realize. Research tells us that an estimated 3.2 million teenagers in the United States experienced at least one major depressive episode. It’s no surprise that quality treatment options like Evangelhouse Christian Academy are in demand. Current statistics tell us that approximately 13% of teenagers will experience sadness before they reach adulthood.

    To combat depression in girls from Alabama, at Evangelhouse Christian Academy, our students are included in a close-knit peer group. We limit our total census to just 16 girls at a time. Also, with the absence of smartphones, our girls learn how to express themselves and their frustrations face-to-face, not through a screen. Overuse of electronic devices may be preventing young people from hobbies, religion, sports, friendships and socializing, which might help them avoid depression in the first place. 

    Our mission is to enable our girls from Alabama to learn the skills to overcome issues like depression, anger, relationship problems, ADHD and more. Part of the program focuses on the transition home as students learn to manage their symptoms in the next environment.

    Depression rates among adolescents, particularly among females, have risen over the past decade, with around 8% of teens reporting being depressed. If your daughter has depression, now is the time to get help. As behaviors become more ingrained the more they are practiced, it’s important to break the cycle with your child as soon as possible. Complete an admissions assessment today to get started.

    When To Choose A Therapeutic School For Your Daughter

    Many families that enroll their daughters at Evangelhouse have already sought outpatient therapy. However, outpatient therapy is limited in scope. A therapist has to be 100% reliant on what a child says in therapy to be an accurate portrayal of what is going on in real life. At Evangelhouse, therapists and students alike interact eating meals together and attending activities. We can see how your daughter is interacting with peers and coping with her frustrations in real-time. 

    So what makes therapy at Evangelhouse unique? While general therapy can help, our therapeutic boarding school focuses on the most effective methods to help troubled girls. These therapies can include equine therapy, CBT, DBT, group sessions, individual sessions, and family sessions. 

    Further, we can help our students try out new coping skills in the moment. This “in the moment” therapy has many advantages over outpatient therapy. The best time to practice a coping skill is when you really need to cope, not hours or even days later in a therapist’s office when emotions have returned to normal. 

    There are several reasons why people choose therapeutic boarding schools like Evangelhouse over other options. A positive peer group and a support structure usually help troubled girls make greater progress than a peer group that has a history of negative or harmful behaviors. With staff present 24/7, you can rest assured that your daughter will be supervised and will receive multiple positive, therapeutic interactions every day. 

    Evangelhouse Christian Academy has been assisting families just like yours for many years. You will take an active role in your family’s recovery. Well-trained professionals and loving therapists of Evangelhouse will be there for you and your family. While it can be painful for parents to think about missing their child, keeping a teen girl in their existing circle of friends and influences can be more painful.

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    Gender and Age-Specific Treatment

    Researchers have found that gender-specific rehab is the most effective way to treat mental health and addiction issues. Evangelhouse Academy is only for girls grades 6-12. We also don’t accept girls with higher-level issues that would be disruptive to our program. This would include girls with severe drug addictions, psychosis, significant running away, or cruelty towards animals.

    With our positive peer culture focus, your daughter will learn to set boundaries with other girls. Because we are girls only, she will not have the distractions of boys and relationships around.  In our therapeutic milieu, she will learn to be assertive with her female peers in a safe environment.

    Evangelhouse is organized around five areas of wellness in which students grow – Spiritual, Therapeutic, Academic, Social, and Physical. This structure provides a holistic perspective of a student’s level of functioning. Our professional services address the following symptoms and their underlying root causes in each area of wellness.

    Quarterly, students participate in high-ropes confidence training and are taught to take on challenging tasks with the help of their peers. They are challenged to become aware of their communication habits and how to make meaningful contributions to others. Students’ unique leadership styles are identified and honed, as they learn to work cooperatively within a group.

    At Evangelhouse Christian Academy, we believe that physical education for girls is an important part of the therapeutic process. By allowing students to express themselves through a variety of supervised outdoor activities, they will learn valuable leadership skills that will help guide them through life. 

    If you have any questions about the program please call us at 1-800-924-4012 or visit our contact page.

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