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Elk Mountain Academy

Elk Mountain Academy is a therapeutic boarding school in Idaho, designed to help young women solve difficult emotional issues.  We work with issues such as: attachment disorders, attention deficit, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and self-destructive or antisocial behavior.

Therapists work with girls who are acting out or making inappropriate decisions due to emotional issues stemming from: major trauma or loss in their life, physical or mental abuse, death of a loved one, or attachment disorders related to adoption. We also specialize in treating eating disorders and self-harming.

The Elk Mountain Academy experience is not short-term. Our program is designed to last for a minimum of twelve months. If we could help your girl have lifelong success with a shorter term program, we would do that, since there is an ongoing need for help by families across America and around the world. We’ve learned that one year is the minimum time required for most girls to: become open to change, accept that they need help, learn from our therapists, and to put new behaviors and thinking into habitual practice. For some girls, it can take many months of counseling before they even begin to get to the bottom of their internal issues, and then more time is needed to work through those issues and the ways for the girl to cope more positively.

Elk Mountain provides innovative therapy, including individual, group and family counseling. We also provide specialized help for students dealing with trauma and/or abandonment issues. The goal is to uncover the psychological factors contributing to the student’s unhealthy behavioral choices. The student will then learn therapeutic tools that will assist her for the rest of her life to be a healthy woman.

Girls who are having emotional and behavioral problems tend to be failing in school. So, our on-site, accredited academic program is intentionally computer-based, and assisted by a licensed teacher, so that girls get caught up and even get ahead in their schooling. Regular academic progress reports are available at any time. Elk Mountain Academy is an accredited school that provides a recognized transcript for classes.

Equinblanke Therapy — working with horses is a vital part of the work we do here at Elk Mountain. We utilize horses to help the girls learn and build…

  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity
  • Endurance
  • Responsibility
  • Relationships

Elk Mountain emphasizes a healthy, nutritionally-balanced diet along with regular physical activities, restful sleep and fun times; all designed to teach a healthy lifestyle. Girls participate in many outdoor and recreational events during the year, as well as organized team sports. Girls in our care also enjoy periodic camping and hiking outings in the beautiful and rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest. For spiritual support, girls are given encouragement and instruction by our Christian staff and attend non-denominational church services. The students are required to attend church services, youth group, and Bible study, but they are not forced to participate in these activities.

Your daughter will learn to evaluate her relationships in life with God, self and others. She will learn to determine what her weaknesses are, how they affect her behavior, and how to eliminate them. She will learn to listen to her conscience and develop it to be more attuned to her weaknesses. Your child will begin to monitor herself – something teens rarely do on their own. But one of the most beneficial results of this process is that she will learn to control her impulsive, emotionally driven decisions and begin thinking about the impact of her actions and responses on others around her, including her parents and family.

Your daughter will restore her awareness of right and wrong actions. The serenity and beauty of God’s creation in Idaho encourage the softening process and reinforce this understanding that God is the Master of Life and the lover of every troubled teen’s soul.

Behaviors Which Typically Bring Girls to Elk Mountain Academy:

  • Inconsiderate of Others – does things that are damaging to others
  • Low Self-Image – often feels put down or of little self-worth
  • Authority Problems – does not want to “be managed” by anyone
  • Misleads Others – draws others into negative behavior
  • Easily Misled – is drawn into negative behavior by others
  • Aggravates Others – treats people in negative, hostile ways
  • Easily Angered – often irritated
  • Stealing
  • Alcohol or Drug Abuse Problems
  • Eating Disorders
  • Inappropriate behaviors stemming from adoption/abandonment issues
  • Lying or Cheating
  • Acting – puts on an act rather than being real

Our clinical staff includes a psychiatric specialist, a primary care physician, a dentist, and licensed psychotherapists as well as teachers, mentors and residential care staff. Each student receives coaching and one-on-one mentoring. Recreation opportunities include snow and water skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, swimming, camping, snowshoeing, sledding, rock climbing, and river rafting.

The transformation is amazing! Girls and their families who thought they wouldn’t make it another month are now living in renewed peace and grace. Read about the experiences of some of the girls that have come to us.

You Will Be Pleasantly Surprised that Our Rates Are WELL BELOW Therapeutic Boarding Schools Around the Country, Without Sacrificing Quality of Care.

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“I had been living a life full of lying, shallow relationships, and addictions. At first it was hard to accepting that I needed to change in order to be happy, but once I accepted that I needed to leave the things that no longer served me, I became happier, and I was ready to work. Clearview is where I grew up, not physically, but mentally. I struggle with a drug addiction, but I have learned how to love every quirk I have…Don’t rush the process. Accept that healing takes time.” – Graduate 2014