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Clinical Approach

Lake House Academy's clinical focus is rooted in a relational model emphasizing commitment, acceptance, security, and attunement to create experiences of secure attachment.

Our clinical team utilizes concepts of interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, and overall research that promotes self-development through relationships. This allows us to not only to address maladaptive behaviors using boundaries, but the emotional wellbeing of the family and student as a unit.

The treatment structure provides tangible markers to both individualize and streamline treatment across all departments as well as guide family therapy and help access student privileges.

Family Sytems Therapy

Family Systems interventions lean on the belief that within families, we discover who we are; we develop and change; and we give and receive the support we need to thrive.

The family systems therapy and theory has evolved over many years, starting with Alfred Adler and continuing to Murray Bowen and Virginia Satir, all providing clinical expertise in multigenerational techniques, structural approaches, and human validation processes.

At Lake House we lean into these evidence-based tools that support family connection and secure attachment. Within these interventions, we address family patterns, functions, unspoken rules, development, and generational trauma.

Emotional Regulation Techniques

At Lake House we understand the power of skills and the goal of self- regulation for each student. While we continue to grow within relationship, we also like to equip our students individually. We do this by utilizing DBT- Mindfulness, TS-CBT, and REBT approaches. Research has guided us to understand the power of grounding techniques, breathing exercises, reframing negative thinking patterns, and interpersonal skill building.

Attachment Based Interventions

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy is an attachment-focused therapy developed by Dr. Daniel Hughes, which stems from evidence-based treatment for complex trauma, reactive attachment issues (RAD) and other issues with attachment.

DDP is inherently relational in its approach, meaning both a child and caregiver are actively involved in the intervention and both are reflecting on growing individually while also growing dyadically. DDP’s focus is to increase emotional awareness and regulation to improve the relational experience for the child and between the child and caregiver.

DDP achieves this outcome by using affective-reflective dialogue and playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE). PACE shapes how one behaves, communicates, feels and thinks to allow a child to feel safe. It is through this sense of security that exploration and healing can begin.



Neurofeedback (NFB) is a therapeutic intervention that trains the brain to initiate and practice self-regulation.

NFB can manage the brain so that it functions in a healthier manner, by stimulating the reward system which releases dopamine into the sub-cortical regions, informing the brain to change its behavior. The result is an increase in the regulation of the brain, which allows the areas of the brain that were dysfunctioning to improve and be better prepared for treatment.

A Neuro specialist combines research and evidence-based practices that incorporate all aspects of the student including: the sensory system, relationship understanding, emotional capacity, and overall cognition to create a tailored approach to working with ADHD, OCD, Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD.

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