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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.

Neuro Interventions

For individual who struggle with relationships, emotional regulation, cognition, or sensory awareness, there is many times an imbalance in the brain and nervous systems..

Our Neuro specialist at LHA combine research and evidence-based practices that incorporate all aspects of the student including: the sensory system, relationship understanding, emotional capacity, and overall cognition. This is tailored directly to the student treating a multitude of diagnosis specifically: ADHD, OCD, Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD.

Considering all aspects of the student, our neuro team will create individualized neuro training sessions including: Neurofeedback, Brain timing therapies, Cognitive abilities training, Biofeedback, Audio-Visual entertainment, Cranial Electrical Stim (CES), Auditory Processing Training (SSP, AIT), Red-IR Light (PBM), and Virtual Reality Therapy along with daily interventions.

At LHA we truly value the scientific evidence of emotional regulation and combining emotional processing with brain-based exercises.

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.


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