Re-Creation Retreat: Finding Happiness for Teen Girls Battling PTSD
At Re-Creation Retreat, we understand the profound challenges that teen girls face when dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our specialized program offers a safe haven for these young survivors, providing them with the tools they need to heal and thrive. Through a combination of evidence-based therapies, including individual counseling, group support, and holistic activities, we empower these resilient young women to confront their trauma head-on. Our compassionate staff and serene environment foster a sense of belonging and trust, enabling our teen girls to rebuild their lives, regain their confidence, and emerge stronger than ever. Re-Creation Retreat is a beacon of hope for those seeking to break free from the grip of PTSD, offering a pathway towards lasting recovery and a brighter future.
Re-Creation Retreat understands that parents want to send a child to a safe, monitored environment where their child receives personal care and individual therapies that help heal emotional and mental disorders–whether brought on by trauma, foster care, adoption, or family genetics.
While the young child or teen enrolls in our therapeutic boarding school for counseling, treatment, and improving academic/life skills, (school name) also helps students struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder improve their mental and physical health.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Teens
“Many people will experience traumatic events in their lives, including children and teens. Some researchers estimate that as many as 40% of children and adolescents will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. While most people are able to “bounce back” from the event after a few days, weeks, or months, others struggle to cope with the experience and the memory of the trauma. These people, including children and teens, can develop what is known as PTSD, or Post-traumatic stress disorder.”
“Traumatic events often include physical violence, an accident, a natural disaster, war, or sexual abuse. Children or teens may have experienced these events themselves, or they may have witnessed them happen to someone else.”
Common PTSD Symptoms in Teens
- Avoiding situations that make them recall the traumatic event
- Experiencing nightmares or flashbacks about the trauma
- Playing in a way that repeats or recalls the trauma
- Acting impulsively or aggressively
- Feeling nervous or anxious frequently
- Experiencing emotional numbness
- Having trouble focusing at school
Treating PTSD in Teens
Cognitive behavioral therapy – A trauma-focused CBT therapist helps a child identity and correct irrational or illogical thoughts they might have about the trauma itself or people and situations they encounter in everyday life. CBT also typically includes psychoeducation about relaxation and coping techniques for stress.
Play therapy – This type of therapy can work especially well for younger teens who struggle to communicate their reactions to the trauma and understanding of what happened. Play therapists use art therapy, games, and other interventions to help a child process a trauma and cope resiliently with life.
Eye movent desensitization and reprocessing – EMDR is a technique that incorporates guided eye movement exercises while a child recalls the traumatic event and works through cognitions and emotional responses they have about it.
Medication – There is no medication that “cures” PTSD, but sometimes antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication can help relieve symptoms in some teens while they are also seeing a therapist.
“PTSD symptoms frequently co-occur with other types of mental illness or lead to other issues with teens, including substance use, risky behaviors, and self-injury. These issues may need to be addressed in treatment as well to protect your child and help them achieve a full recovery.”
Re-Creation Retreat Gives Students Healthy Ways to Heal PTSD
Therapists address your child’s mental and behavioral issues, and create an individual treatment plan to follow at school, including therapy. We also provide nutritious meals, and healthy exercise and activities. We want each student to experience effective counseling and treatment, as well as improve daily life at school, and back home with family.
If you want to learn more about therapy and treatment for your teen girl struggling with PTSD at our therapeutic boarding school, please call 385-414-8865 now.