Our small nurturing environment provides the springboard to healing and wellness. We feel that a smaller program such as Moonridge Academy allows for more individualized treatment and a lot of one-on-one time for each student.  This is an ideal situation for students who might struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma or attachment issues. Because our overall census and therapist caseloads are small, Moonridge Academy staff have the time, training and ability to focus on the root cause of clinical issues rather than dealing with superficial symptoms.  We are able to individualize to meet each girl's needs.  Each student has a primary therapist as well as a mentor.  These caring individuals help each student explore the "why" and "how come" of behaviors.  We believe in relationships, individualization and experiential activities help our students learn new skills to be successful when they return home.  

 Students at Moonridge Academy learn the following:

  • Expressing feelings before acting out
  • Appropriate Social skills
  • Relationship skills
  • Deepening relationships with parents and siblings
  • Communication about fears and hurt
  • Having healthy boundaries
  • Correctly reading social cues in social settings
  • Making good decisions "in the moment"

Moonridge Academy also utilizes instensive clinical services to help teens with special needs and struggles. Therapeutic modalities include teaching DBT skills, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Adventure Therapy, Equine Therapy, EMDR and other trauma work.