Help With Stress At An RTC
Virginia teenagers in the modern era face difficulties that their grandparents could have never imagined. Electronic media had compounded many of the “typical teen” conflicts that parents and teens normally encounter. Other issues, like issues with authority and control, are as old as time.
At Evangelhouse RTC, we approach treatment knowing that teens’ interactions with their classmates and romantic interests have changed. Many of the issues we see from anxiety to acting out are rooted in screens or as a result of the widespread use of digital communication.
During treatment, we seek to address a student’s potential lack of crucial interpersonal communication skills such as the ability to recognize social cues. Social skill is a common topic in our therapeutic environment. A lot of the anxiety and stress our students face over socialization can be traced back to excessive use of technology.
At Evangelhouse RTC, Virginia girls learn how to interact without the use of screens. We teach our girls how to manage their social media and texting habits. In insight-oriented therapy, they learn how they consume media, and how media can influence how they communicate, date, learn, sleep, and more.
Stress is a typical reaction to the pressures, demands, and difficulties of life. It serves as a mental and physical cue to help you get ready for what is ahead.
What Causes Stress?
When your brain senses a danger to your safety, your body immediately releases a wave of stress chemicals. You consequently become more attentive. You widen your eyes. Your breathing and heartbeat quicken. For increased power and speed, your heart pumps more oxygen to the muscles.
The stress reaction in your body serves to keep you safe. If necessary, it enables you to respond immediately, fight fiercely, or flee rapidly. Stress is also referred to as the fight-or-flight reaction for this reason.
The majority of the time, stress-inducing factors are not harmful. Commonplace events like taking an exam, being called upon in class, uncomfortable circumstances, or having too much to accomplish frequently lead to stress. This leads to emotional tension. However, your body produces stress hormones in response to emotional stress just like it does in response to a threat to your safety.
In-The-Moment Focus to Avoid Stress
Our girls focus on the present because they don’t have constant access to the internet. With an absence of digital distractions, girls at Evangelhouse Residential Treatment Center face the issues that led them to our therapeutic community.
To help combat these stressors, our therapists use:
— Group therapy sessions to develop insight into what is causing stress and to teach techniques to reduce stress. Group therapy sessions are led by a qualified treatment professional.
— CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT sessions are led by a licensed therapist.
— DBT- Dialectical Behavior Therapy. DBT sessions are led by a licensed therapist.
— Homework assignments to support therapy outside of sessions
— Family therapy to prepare the student for a successful transition back to the home environment.
All-Girls Residential Treatment Center (RTC) Milieu
Residential treatment centers (RTCs), commonly referred to as “RTCs,” are establishments that offer therapeutic services to troubled teen girls. They are centers that provide counseling through programs that have been scientifically proved to help troubled kids who are having problems in their life.
For the specific requirements of each teen, each program is different. RTCs work to help disturbed kids find themselves by using cutting-edge therapies as well as some more conventional techniques. An RTC may help your kid create their life objectives, find fulfillment, and mature enough to grow up to be a healthy, content, and self-assured adult.
The strength of the Evangelhouse RTC for Virginia girls 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 Virginia 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.