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Former Parent and Student Testimonials - The Clearview Testimonial Archive
“I have gained credibly and changed both mentally and physically. Before I came here I despised reading, I would never pick up a book and finish it. I have read more than 7 books since my stay here. When I read a book I am deep in the story. My vocabulary increased immensely and I’m able to understand much more than I did before my stay here. I am getting really good grades; when I need assistance in my work I am not afraid to ask for help. I am fortunate to take part in a few trips this past summer. I went on a rock-climbing trip and a river rafting trip with the other girls here. It was an unforgettable life experience! I told my therapist and director about when I first started to climb the mountain – when I was climbing the first rock I climbed halfway and when I got to the middle of the rock I would just hang there. I would try again and work my way up to the top but I stopped and hung on the rope. I finally got down and gave up. This is what happens in real life with me, I will do really well and keep persevering to the top, but then something goes wrong and I fall straight down hitting rock bottom.
There are 4 levels here:
1) Resistance – you refuse to cooperate and work your program
2) Open – you’re open to change and advice on improving your well-being
3) Initial – you’re holding yourself and others accountable, being honest and reliable, taking risks, and stepping out of your comfort zone to make changes in your life
4) Internalizing – taking action without thinking about the situation, internally being the changes you’ve made without having to remind yourself.
I have been Level 1 three times, level 2 when I was in a better mindset, and I recently voted up to level 3. I sat in my crap for a year thinking I was going to get out sooner than later. When I realized I’d be here longer than I had planned I stopped being stubborn and wasting my time by deciding to really make an effort to change. Level 3 is a lot of responsibility and hard work; there are times when I want to give up. This is the positive grown up responsibility that I need to accomplish instead of responsibility that is non-working and unhealthy for me.
All the girls and staff here are a positive influence. They and incredibly supportive and take the time to listen and talk with you being completely genuine, honest, patient, and compassionate. In the beginning, I was very negative and brought down anyone else who seemed as vulnerable as myself. I did this for quite some time until the day I said to myself this negativity is only making me worse and wasting my time. With my education, Clearview has helped me finish my credits faster so that I can receive my diploma soon. Every week they have me set goals for my schoolwork so I can stay on track and remain focused on each class. I receive one-on-one work from the teacher every day when I need help and I know the have my best interest in mind when they continue to help push me instead of giving up. They’ve also gotten me a tutor for extra help once during the week. This program has provided me with the best education I’ve ever acquired.
I am really blessed and thankful to be here because there is so much encouragement and compassion; it’s been my second chance in life. I am thankful to be sober and where I am because I know if I were to go back to South Pasadena I would go straight back to my past without any hesitation. That’s when my impulsiveness would take over. I do not like how I am in the middle of nowhere in Montana, but it is good for me because there are no drugs and people to influence me in non-working actions. I understand it’s what I need for my own good to keep me alive and healthy.
Thankfully, I’ve been able to make many changes at Clearview with my education and wellbeing. I am now honest with my parents, staff, the girls here, teachers and therapist. I have the closest relationship with my parents now that I have ever had before. For once I actually enjoy and look forward to talking with my mom and dad each week! In regards to my education, my reading level has gone up vastly and I am able to work independently on my schoolwork without relying on others to give me the answers. I am also able to concentrate and take the time to finish my work as best as I can instead of taking the easy way out. None of this would have been possible without the help, support, and time from Clearview that allowed me to work through my issues.
Thank you for your time, energy, and hard work with everything you are doing to help support my education and family”
-- Whitney S.
“Clearview helped me so much. I learned that I need to hold safe boundaries with guys so that I am doing anything non-working. I also learned about the safe boundaries with my birth-family. Clearview also helped me with relationships, especially with my family! All the not working choices I made pre-program, I do not want to make again because I want a relationship more with my family than with my non-working choices.
I learned a lot about God, too; He is always there. He is always right beside you to hold your hand. I let God in because I knew that if God was with me I was able to fly! God helped me a lot through my program but I also helped myself.”
-- Student 6/2015
“Saying goodbye is something you have to do with everyone and everything at least once. It is one of the hardest things I have had to do. Being here eleven months is unreal! I have gotten to watch people who I loved more than ever leave as amazing people and now that I get to leave after growing and becoming stronger is such a struggle. I am now saying goodbye to the people I love and care about who have helped me grow into the person I am today.
Clearview has helped me more than I can express! I came here with so many issues that I didn’t even know about, and some that I just didn’t want to admit were true. I was a liar, I stole, I had a bad relationship with my family, I showed emotion through anger, self-harm, and making bad decisions, I had low self-esteem, I didn’t have a real relationship with God and with others, and I was confused, hurt and lonely. As I began to grow at Clearview I got a Clear View of why I did some of these things and why I felt the way I did. Once I got to Clearview my struggle with knowing what to do with all the emotion inside of me was still there. Within the first few months, I tried running away thinking it would get me away from my pain, but I found it follows you everywhere you go.
In my time here I have gained so many qualities I will be able to use throughout my lifetime. Having fourteen or more girls living in one house can get quite crazy. There is tons of drama, you never have time to yourself, and sometimes people are here that you just don’t get along with. Because of this, I gained the ability to stay out of the drama, be patient and forgiving, and to love and care for people who need it. The friendships I have made here are what got me through these eleven months. I now have healthy people to contact and keep me in my higher self. Along with my relationships with friends my relationship with God played a huge part in my life. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “Plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a FUTURE and HOPE.” That promise God made for us kept me going through it all. Knowing I have a purpose, and that I am not here for nothing helped me see myself in a brighter light.
Clearview also helped me face my fears and experience “the great outdoors.” I have never been an outside kind of girl so this was hard for me. The two big adventures we went on were a canoe trip and a white water rafting trip. The white water rafting trip is when I really began to see the world’s beauty and began figuring out who I was. There were no outside distractions. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I will carry those memories with me for the rest of my life.
As I look back at my time at Clearview there are things I hated about it, but the good things that I learned from this place overpower the bad! I am a new person and I still have more growing to do but with the tools Clearview gave me I will be able to fight and push through all the hardships life throws my way.”
This is a super fantastic program. If it were not for Clearview I don’t know what or where my life would be.
-- Sarah – Former Resident
I graduated from Clearview last month. During my stay at Clearview, I learned the importance of relationships. My mom and I had a pretty bad relationship where trust was completely lost and we both felt hopeless to ever get along again. During our weekly phone calls, my mom and I practiced building trust and talking through important topics. My therapist helped us understand that. We were able to have conversations about hard topics and try to understand where each of us was coming from. Let me just say that Clearview was the hardest thing for me to do. The work is challenging, and once I decided I needed help and Clearview wasn’t such a bad thing, it was all worth it.
-- Savanna W. (from Google Reviews)
“We are very, very grateful for all you’ve done for our daughter. You have changed the lives — three lives — of us!”
-- Parents of a Student
“I just had to drop you a quick note to let you know how [our daughter] is doing. We continue to be amazed at the progress and positive changes in our daughter. (WE LOVE IT!) She was able to stand up at a fundraising banquet in front of 600 people and share her testimony. She was able to share openly and honestly about the good and bad things in her life. We know that [our daughter] has done a lot of hard work but we truly don’t think that she would be at this place had we not found Clearview. Kim, Mike, Mickey, and the rest of the staff we want to thank for working so hard with [our daughter] during her stay. Thank you so much for never giving up on our family. You were ALL so instrumental in helping her start her healing journey. We hear so many comments that [our daughter] looks so joyful and content. All we can do is smile and agree with them.”
-- Parents of a Graduate 2015
“When everything else failed and the future seemed hopeless, when there was no place to turn for help, Clearview Horizon accepted my daughter into its program and did what seemed impossible; it gave us new hope and a turning point in my daughter’s life.
Coming to Clearview Horizon with problems of anorexia nervosa, sexual abuse, substance abuse, and problems with the family and law, and dealing with it all trying to heal the pain was not easy, but the dedicated Clearview staff did a wonderful job to help my daughter start recovering and get her on the right path to return to life. The ongoing intensive individual and group therapy sessions, with the qualified expert therapists such as Mike and Mary, and the application of the level system really worked and slowly my daughter started dropping her protective shells and trusting again and opening up to reveal her pain that was causing her problems and her act out in destructive ways. She started to heal. Our mother/daughter relationship started to recover. We could have normal conversations again; I could hear my old real child again, who started to talk to me and smile and just be herself. With the therapist-assisted weekly phone calls, we could work on the family issues that otherwise would never be brought up and would’ve caused more pain in the future.
As a result of my daughter’s stay at Clearview Horizon, she has become a new person, one who is open to accept life’s challenges in a positive way, one who is open to recovery and the work that needs to be done to accomplish that, one who has gained the self-esteem needed to get to a better place in life and one who started to trust others and…. herself.
I would like to recommend the Clearview Horizon Therapeutic Boarding School to every parent who is looking for a place that heals, builds self-esteem, rebuilds family relations, or helps with addictions and any other problem your teenage daughter might be facing. I am confident that the dedicated, experienced and qualified Clearview Horizon staff will be able to provide the best possible environment for recovery, not only to the child but the parent as well.”
-- Parent of a Student
“I have been very pleased with the way my daughter has responded to the mental therapy, home environment, socialization process, and overall concern and attention given her by the Clearview program. My daughter began the program as a withdrawn, sullen fourteen-year-old, using deception and cunning to manipulate and control her environment. She is now blossoming, exhibiting a burgeoning positive attitude, is more open with her feelings, and has learned that all actions do indeed have consequences for which we all must take responsibility. She is now earning back the respect of her family. Her main focus no longer being simply on herself, but rather on how to work together as a whole to get a job worth doing done well.
I can’t express how much I appreciate my daughter’s new, open, up-front positive attitude and seeing how her priorities have changed so entirely. Her grades are back up to the level they were prior to her involvement with drugs, alcohol, and abusing ‘friends.’ Her confidence is gradually coming back, and her sense of self-esteem increases daily. She is also much more responsible regarding the saving and spending of money. I attribute all of this to the time she has spent in the Clearview program.
Overall, I cannot give a higher ‘thumbs up’ to the Clearview program, set in the beautiful northern Idaho community of Sandpoint on Lake Pend Oreille, and to its director, Mary Thielbahr, and the effect she and her program have had upon my daughter, and therefore, upon the healing of our whole family.”
-- Parent of a Student
“I enrolled Karla in a wilderness program pending the successful completion of that program I would make the ‘next step’ decision for Karla. During the time Karla was in the wilderness program I did the research for her next placement. I consulted with a well respected educational counselor in Seattle. I asked for recommendations from the local mental health agencies. In each case, Clearview was the recommendation.
Clearview is a residential facility that is located in a serene, peaceful setting. It offers a controlled, structured environment providing one-on-one as well as group therapy and family counseling. We were looking for possible chemical imbalances as well as possible psychological problems. Karla had such large self-esteem issues and we were looking for ways to explain the motivation behind her self-destructive and hostile acts. With Mary’s advice and guidance, much has been revealed.
A year ago I would not have believed we could come so far. The expense has been well worth it. The combination of an accurate mental diagnosis, controlled medication, therapy, and a nurturing environment has improved Karla’s chance for normalcy. She is well on her way to learning to deal with and face her problems giving her a new sense of self-confidence and an ability to move forward past the past.”
-- Parent of a Student
“I highly recommend Clearview Horizon for girls. When our daughter entered Clearview we felt like we had done everything we could and that we needed help. Clearview was exactly the help we needed. Our daughter had multiple things to deal with including learning disabilities, addictive behaviors, depression issues, and self-image problems. Over the time she was at Clearview she developed tools to deal with her challenges. She came to love and respect us again.
Throughout all the challenges, Clearview was there for us. Sometimes the staff told us things we did not really want to hear, but always they counseled and coached us out of love and extensive experience. The staff there have seen just about any possible issue. They know when tough love is best and when other forms of love and treatment might bring different results.
I unreservedly endorse Clearview. Please call with any questions.”
-- Parent of a Student
“I am writing this letter to let you know that we have been very happy and satisfied with our daughter’s progress at Clearview. When we made the decision to send our daughter to an establishment such as yours, we made sure we researched it, since we were ensuring our daughters well being to someone other than ourselves. We heard good things about Clearview and when we had any questions or inquiries, your staff was more than pleased to respond to all our questions. The fact that Mickey called me and spoke with me at length, as well as Mary, reassured us that our daughter was going to be in good hands.
The decision to send a daughter away is a hard one. We were desperate to help our daughter any way we could. She had been to several counselors and psychologists in the past and could never achieve the results that we hoped for. We felt that more intensive counseling and treatment was needed. At Clearview, we were able to see that our daughter had achieved personal and emotional breakthroughs that she had never able to achieve. We saw for the first time in years, that there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
The program has restored our hope. We can now feel our daughter making the transformation into a loving, productive, and the responsible young woman that we hoped all our lives she would be. Our daughter is not yet finished with the program, however, I know every day she spends there is a valuable lesson in life that she will eventually appreciate and thanks us for. We would like to thank you for your caring and empathy and congratulate you on your psychologists which are truly wonderful people. We are blessed to have our daughter there.”
-- Parent of a Student
“Results don’t lie. What Clearview does, works! God used Clearview to work a miracle in our lives! Kathryn is now a joy to be around! We are functioning as a healthier family unit, and I have new ways to deal with my pre-program non-working behaviors.
I am in awe of Mary and Mike and are impressed with their knowledge of what makes a teenage girl acts the way she does and their skill in turning around non-working beliefs and behaviors. I am thankful for their dedication to the girls at Clearview.”
-- Parent of a Graduate 2015
“I just want to take a moment to express my appreciation for all your hard work with [my daughter]. The staff at Clearview have exceeded my expectations. She is a tough nut to crack, and it is often frustrating trying to make an impact with her. Believe me, I know that! With us she was constantly “in refusal” and a request to help sweep the floor could result in a screaming tantrum. I was surprised when Clearview got her to do any chores at all. She has achieved a level of self-awareness and ability to discuss feelings that I find impressive. Your work with her gives me hope for her future. Thank You.”
-- Parent of a Current Student 2016
“I think what impacted me the most was to see the girls be honest and open with each other. It was a real blessing. It required courage and authenticity ….I guess it was one of the best examples I have seen of “Speaking the truth in love.” It was nice to see them be so real and so encouraging – to care for each other. “
-- Parent of a Current Student 2016
I can’t say enough about our 15 months at Clearview. Y’all have become a family to us! My daughter has grown so much and made such great (lifelong, I hope) friends! Thank you to Mary Thielbahr who opened the door for us and Jason who guided us through the process! Jeremiah Guidos was our therapist and I know it was God’s design. He was amazing with our girl! I was actually a little sad…bittersweet….to see Montana disappear as we flew back home. It’s such a beautiful place and I know my daughter will be back again to visit! Thanks for all the wonderful workshops and thank you to Luna the amazing horse who was so patient with my daughter! And to the parents who have worked alongside us in this journey who I can now call friends! It was truly an honor to know everyone there.
-- Parent of a 2019 Graduate
As with a lack of expertise in the English Language and deep humility I would like to address the families at Clearview and whoever will be at the next workshop. My heart is poured out before God because of what God is doing at Clearview.
We all know how difficult it has been to send our daughters “away” to a boarding school. This is a complexity that we all face. I know one thing for sure, that the last two years of my life have been the most transformational and productive years in my life. I am a seeker of Christ and I want to be transformed by the love of Christ. I truly believe now that healing in every way, shape, and form can only come through true humility; (This does not mean a doormat).
The staff have shown the utmost love and respect to my daughter and have been used by God to shape her in the last two years to become what she is now. (Yes, and I hate to say it, trust the process, I think God’s process). He truly loves us and he is not done with any of us until our last breath. God bless you all richly with His great love and humility because he died for us. Rejoice and thank God for all the things and do the next right thing. To Him be glory and honor and praise.
I want to thank Mike from the bottom of my heart is the therapist to my daughter for the last two years. I trust him wholeheartedly to be a male therapist in an all-girls boarding school. I trust him with my whole heart to have the integrity and gift to do the work that he does. He has the fear of God in him.
I do want to thank Alicia and Jo the teacher especially, for their way and gift to look at each person and give the remedy necessary to guide each girl in the right direction. And last, but not least all the House moms that fill in the gaps in the tapestry of Clearview.
I ask for your forgiveness for my lack of humility and trust in God at times, and I Thank God for all of you. May we stay in the race until our last breath.
-- Parent of a 2016 Graduate
“My daughter is totally owning her school work and showing great responsibility for getting her homework done…I am so proud of her! I cannot stress the importance of the home contract enough to the parents — a plan developed at the end of the Clearview program. Whenever I go into fear-based thinking, I remind myself to read the contract and see what I am supposed to do, and then I own that.”
-- Parent of a Student 2015
My daughter’s stay at Clearview Horizon was life-changing for her. She felt safe enough during her stay that she was able to work on some deep trauma issues which had been keeping her stuck for years. All the direct care staff who we had contact with are caring and all about having fun with my kid as she was at Clearview. The therapists did an amazing job building a healthy relationship with my family so that we felt safe to share and grow. I highly recommend this facility
-- Pamela G (from Google Reviews)
Our daughter is a graduate of Clearview and is doing great! If you ask her who made the most profound impact in her life and who she misses most, her answer will be Mike. Mike Linderman, the head counselor at Clearview, is an amazing therapist and a very compassionate, insightful, wise, and caring person to whom we will be forever grateful for his service to our daughter and this family. If we had to do this all over again we would want Mike as our leader and guide.
-- Mother of a Resident (from Facebook)
I would like to recommend the Clearview Horizon Therapeutic Boarding School to every parent who is looking for a place that heals, builds self-esteem, rebuilds family relations, or helps with addictions and any other problem your teenage daughter might be facing. I am confident that the dedicated, experienced and qualified Clearview Horizon staff will be able to provide the best possible environment for recovery, not only to the child but the parent as well.
-- Mother of a Resident (from Facebook)
My advice for parents is to push past the uncomfortable and the fear of leaving your daughter here. It’s not easy and it’s worth it. This place isn’t terrible. It’s not forceful or fear-based. The tools I learned here will help me for the rest of my life and it is worth it. I’m not afraid of things anymore. I am confident in myself and in my family’s work here. Clearview has helped me build a foundation for my family. Looking back on my time at Clearview, the biggest change in myself that I have seen is that I’ve found joy and I’m more positive about life and my future. I feel like I can be mad, sad, or afraid and its like a secondary emotion temporarily covering up joy. I feel like I can always fall back on that. I have a much more positive outlook on life. I believe in myself and in the future. I have a lot of self-love and acceptance. I’m also proud of myself. I know what I am capable of and I’m happy with the work I’ve done. I also love my parents.
-- Kira K (from Google Reviews)
Clearview was the best choice I could have made for my teenage daughter. She was on a destructive path. Destructive for her and destructive for the rest of us. Clearview provides a caring and structured environment that my daughter needed to connect to. The academic program is individualized and is delivering results as she has done a lot of credit recovery while she has been there and is back on track and slightly ahead of pace (keeping my fingers crossed). I was amazed and impressed by the campus. Small and quiet at the base of a mountain in Montana with trees, deer, and river streams all around it. It was ideal for the type of unplugged environment that I wanted to take my daughter to get her a fresh start. From Philadelphia to Montana, what a change for her and exactly what she needed. I can say without a doubt that the students are provided with excellent care by a Christian staff who truly wants to see our daughter cross over to a life of purpose and clarity. My daughter has been there almost 16 months now and the change has been significant. I truly thank God every night that she is at Clearview and know that it was the best decision I could have ever made to benefit my daughter and my family to place us on the right path. Do you know what the difference was? I was as much about my daughter seeing me doing my own work as it was for her to be doing her own work. Clearview asks a lot of us in this process. A lot in the form of engagement and trust. They are very direct about doing my own work. Doing my own work meant bringing vulnerability to the weekly family therapy call. It means coming to every family workshop they offered (we have been to three so far). It means dropping everything when they invited me to a therapeutic river rafting trip down the Salmon River for my daughter and me to work on us. Clearview holds a very high standard and we are getting the results we never thought possible. My daughter is more open than she has ever been. Open about her drug use and her boundary issues. This created a way forward. She is on the student leadership team now and we are seeing her build momentum towards her program graduation. We made the right choice with Clearview.
-- Jenny L. (from Google Reviews)
Enrolling our daughter at Clearview was one of the best decisions that our family has ever made. She dealt with depression and anxiety since she was a small child. We spent a great deal of time and energy going from doctor to doctor trying one medication after another without any results to point to other than major side effects. Before we arrived at Clearview, Mary, the owner, recommended we get my daughter tested at the Amen Clinic. They provide a psych test plus a brain scan. This testing had a profound impact on her ability to get off the majority of these meds within a year. Today, she is only on one of her medications and she is managing it on her own. Through individual, group, and family therapy, my daughter started to address some very real issues that were creating most of her self limiting beliefs. We were not aware of the trauma that she had experienced as a young child. This realization, and the work we did around it, allowed us to focus on the real issue at hand rather than using medications to simply treat her symptoms. Clearview got to the root of my daughter’s secrets and proved the wisdom that we are only as sick as our secrets. They gave her the tools that she needed to let her past go and find a way forward to keeping it simple and just focusing on doing the next right thing. After she graduated from Clearview, she returned home and is now preparing to start her Freshman year at a nearby university. No parent could hope for more for their child.
-- Jack S (from Google Reviews)
“I learned to not let others control me and I now don’t need to make everyone else happy to have good healthy relationships. It is a lot easier just to be me and not try and please everyone else – because it doesn’t work. I have also learned to hold myself to a high standard as well as others. I used to be so afraid of what everyone else would say or think about me, but now I have earned respect and have created strong honest relationships. Integrity is important – trust me it is so much easier to just tell the truth. Having integrity takes you so far – it has helped me not only not build trust with others, but also with myself. I am so much happier with the girl I am. By working on becoming me, I have started on a journey of self-love; one that is to be continued, and one that makes me truly happier than anything else.”
-- Graduate 7/2015
“As I started to peel back the layers of what was going on, I realized how much I was hurting inside. I can’t stress enough how much I think self-worth is the key to succeeding and recovering. As I continued at Clearview, I learned tons about myself, awareness of my issues, and that I could love myself.”
-- Graduate 2015
“A huge step for me was to run with love and not fear. I wasn’t genuinely honest with my parents and others around me with I was running in fear, but to see the change to run with love towards others makes me not so scared to love others who I know to love me unconditionally. I am excited and nervous about all that I have in my life in the future awaiting me. I am going to take it to step by step and look to God whenever I feel myself slipping into fear.
I am no longer afraid of succeeding; it feels great being able to succeed in your fears and your struggles. At home, if I had even a hint of myself succeeding, I would slip into self-sabotage. But now that I have worked through it, I am afraid of the opposite – failing.
I am excited for myself and the progress that I will make at home with my friends and family.”
-- Graduate 2015
“I can’t thank Clearview staff enough for being honest and guiding me through my program. They have all given me gifts to be with me for the rest of my life. I couldn’t have done it without such a great support system and without these great friendships.”
-- Graduate 2014
“After being here a year, Clearview has become a home away from home… I had a feeling I needed help, but that I couldn’t do it at home, so I asked my parents and therapists to find me someplace to go. I realize now that this place was in God’s plan for me, and he protected me and showed me the way to go, even if I wasn’t aware of it at the time. I have changed a lot since my start here at Clearview…I have been through a lot at Clearview, but it ‘s an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world. I’ve learned way more than I ever thought I could… The closer and closer I have gotten to leaving, the more I realize what an impact this place has had on me…”
-- Graduate 2014
“Clearview Horizon has helped me open up the possibility that self-confidence was possible even for me once I achieved this. Non-working choices seemed far less appealing and not something I needed to do to be worth something. The tools I leave with will help me live the happiest, healthiest life possible that now seems very reachable.”
-- Graduate 2014
“Clearview has literally given me a “clear view” as to what life looks like when I apply myself; stay in my higher self. I’ve learned with the help of staff, in the importance of organization and how it can be applied to all aspects of life. Gosh, I don’t know how a year has come and gone so fast, but it has. Learn to love time with yourself. Especially here, it’s rare and valuable. I’ve learned so much. I will take everything I’ve learned here home with me…. Now, what was once a caterpillar has sprouted into a big blue butterfly, and so I’m going to spread my wings and fly.”
-- Graduate 2014
“Clearview has helped me more than I can express! I came here with so many issues that I didn’t even know about, and some that I just didn’t want to admit were true. I was a liar, I stole, and I had a bad relationship with my family. I showed emotion through anger, self-harm, and making bad decisions; I had low self-esteem. I didn’t have a real relationship with God and with others, and I was confused hurt, and lonely. As I began to grow at Clearview I got a clear view of why I did some of these things and why I felt the way I did. Once I got to Clearview my struggle with knowing what to do with all the emotion inside of me was still there.
In my time here I have gained so many qualities I will be able to use throughout my lifetime. I gained the ability to be patient and forgiving and to love and care for people who need it. I now have healthy people to contact and keep me in my higher self. Along with my relationships with friends my relationship with God played a huge part in my life. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “Plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a FUTURE and HOPE.” That promise God made for us kept me going through it all. Knowing I have a purpose, and that I am not here for nothing helped me see myself in a brighter light.
Clearview also helped me face my fears and experience “the great outdoors”. I have never been an outside kind of girl so this was hard for me. The two big adventures we went on were a canoe trip and a white water rafting trip. The white water rafting trip is when I really began to see the world’s beauty and began figuring out who I was. There were no outside distractions. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I will carry those memories with me for the rest of my life.”
-- Graduate 2014
“I had been living a life full of lying, shallow relationships, and addictions. At first, it was hard to accept 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 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
“I never thought that I could have accomplished all of this in one very short year. I have overcome a lot during my stay here at Clearview and I have shown so much growth from the beginning till now… I am now moving on in my program called life, and I am going to do the best that I can do with all the tools that I have learned here. Without Clearview, I can honestly say that I have no idea where I would be right now or even if I would be alive. Through my eyes Clearview has saved my life; I am so grateful for every single on the girls here and also all the amazing staff. My life has changed dramatically in a positive way and I am so thankful for this once in a lifetime experience. I will never forget this experience; I will always remember the memories created in this house… I am excited to see what the future holds for us all: we can do amazing things.”
-- Graduate 2013
“Clearview will teach you to change your life around, be sober, restore broken relationships, throw away masks you’ve been hiding behind, and take down walls you have built up. So, if you are coming here, search for the truth, to come clean about your past, to realize what you’ve done, and to find ways to cope… to remember who you are – beautiful, strong, worthy, loved, compassionate, funny, courageous young women. This is a time to discover who you are and who you want to be.”
-- Graduate 2013
“All my life I was a hurt girl. I have blocked away all the pain of my past and did everything I could not feel the pain of my childhood. I was the most negative person I knew. I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin, and I did everything I could to put a wall in front of me. Time and time again I was hurt, and my self-limiting beliefs rang true to me over and over again. I didn’t see any hope. I felt so alone and trapped. I didn’t even try to change or do something different in my life…. I came upon drugs and they filled the void. They were a constant in my life, and I liked them because they weren’t like people and they didn’t leave me. I played off this image of not caring what I did. The truth is I actually did care. My whole life was a spinning cycle. When I was given a second chance to change, I kept turning it down because I didn’t believe in myself. Sometimes I even lost track of how many programs I had gone to. I did everything in the book to try and hide, but at one point I got so tired of myself.
I finally decided to give it a chance just this one time. The door opened up for me and gave me so much hope. I have never been this happy before and true to myself. I have discovered things about me that I didn’t even know existed. The staff here has helped me so much through my endless struggles. The house moms dealt with all my crap for so long. They were there when I needed to talk. Angie and Toni were the most helpful to me because they gave me much hope. Mike gave me amazing therapy that helped me deal with things that hurt me the most. Luke was always honest with me and always there to help. Mickey was such a help through this whole process. She has stuck with me through so much. She is like a rock in my life that I will go to every time I am struggling… I am looking forward to showing the world what I have to offer. I will be a happy, sober, person. My family is so important to me, and they keep me going when all I want to do is give up. Before giving up, remember the reason you fought for so long. Thank you, Clearview for everything. Thanks for showing me that I am a free, brave, determined young woman of God.”
-- Former Student
“Moving across the country, making a whole new set of friends, going back to high school, and adapting to a new family and new life all ‘increased my comfort zone’ very much. I think the changes in themselves made me a stronger, more adaptable person and I am much more able to deal with change. Also, the program gave me the chance to really act my own age and experience the high school life that I never would have experienced had I not ended up here. I made friends that I would not have befriended in my old lifestyle. Basically, I opened my mind and found real friends.
Living here for the past almost 11 months has made me a much stronger person physically, mentally, emotionally, and morally. I have changed so much it’s hard to think of how I was before I came to Clearview. I have worked on the many aspects of making myself healthier and stronger and, therefore, happier. I have had the chance to really think about who I am and what I believe in. Right now I have a strong grip on myself and know myself more than ever before. I feel comfortable with who I am and I don’t feel the need to prove anything to anyone anymore, whereas I used to think that I had to use drugs, friends, relationships, etc., to gain respect for myself. I’m happy with myself and I know now that I deserve more than I used to expect for myself. Now that I have realized this, I think that I can handle relationships, friends, family, and life in general much better.
I’m not afraid to stand up for myself. In fact, these days it’s hard for me not to stand up for myself. Now that I’m happy with myself and my life, I have a lot more fun. I try things that I wouldn’t have tried before, and I want to really live my life now, really experience life to its fullest. I’m ready to go out and try everything I’ve always wanted to try!
I have learned so much this year about so many things. Mary Thielbahr, my mentor, has taught me so much about relationships, friendships, family, life, and men. I just hope I remember it all when I need it!
This year has been a really good experience and I have grown from it. Even though it wasn’t all fun and games. I’m glad it happened.”
-- Graduate 2013
“I came in as an immature 17 years old going into my senior year of high school. I had more problems than you could imagine. My passion is life was partying and getting as messed up as I possibly could and I had absolutely no intentions of stopping. I also struggled with severe PTSD from all the times I was sexually abused and had flashbacks numerous times a day because of that. I was also very suicidal and struggled with self-harm. I was a master manipulator and didn’t care at all who I hurt. My biggest issue was my anxiety disorder. I was having panic attacks every day and had trouble living my everyday life. I came to Clearview taking about 10 different medications and got the nickname “skittles” from Mike Linderman because of it. I was a mess but that’s where I felt comfortable. Eventually, I decided I didn’t want to be like this anymore. I started to actually do the work and take the therapist's advice and it worked for me. I started getting real with everyone and being honest and I was able to turn my life around. It was not easy but I managed to get through it with support from the staff and students.
I can’t thank all the Clearview staff enough for everything they have done for me. Thank you so much for talking to me and helping me every step of the way, especially the psychologists. I could not have done it without you guys. You are all amazing at what you do.
As for the girls, I am going to miss you guys more than anything. You are all amazing girls with so much potential. We have had many great times at Clearview and I am leaving with so many memories. You guys are my sisters and I will never forget any one of you.
Some words of advice I can leave with you are to take each day you have at Clearview and make the most of it. Although sometimes it seems like you may be here forever, I promise you, you won’t. So while you are here work as hard as you possibly can and enjoy each and every day because one day you are going to leave and it will all just be a memory. Although you are all here for different reasons, Clearview can and will help you as long as you let it. All you have to do is work the program and don’t hold back and you will succeed.
Never in a million years did I imagine that I would be leaving Clearview in a place that I am. I am leaving one day after my 5 month sobriety birthday. I am confident in my sobriety and plan on staying sober at home. I am also a high school graduate and am starting college in September. As far as me emotionally that is the most incredible shift. I am going home confident in myself, my choices, and my future. I am independent and can fully take care of myself. My relationship with my parents is going great. I have a positive outlook on my life. I have healthy coping skills that I practice every day. I also have integrity. And most importantly to me, I have self-respect and that was the most difficult thing for me to achieve.
My whole life I felt like my family was never proud of me because I was nothing but a screw-up and I was just a big disappointment to everyone. Today I can finally say that that is no longer true because now they are all proud of me, but more importantly, I am proud of myself. I honestly couldn’t be prouder of myself for all the progress I have made and everything I have accomplished here. I never thought this would happen. I have come so far in this program and in my life. I wouldn’t take back this experience for anything. Although, I realize that it is my time to move on and go back out into the real world. I do have a Chihuahua that needs me and is waiting for me to come home. I will never forget Clearview Horizon and everyone who has impacted my life here. I will miss you guys so much. Thanks for everything.”
-- Graduate 2011
“Wow, this has been such an exciting, unbelievable time at Clearview. I can always look back on my first rough months here and say, wow I’ve changed A LOT. I was this lost, crazy, out-of-control partier/druggie who needed safety and I actually decided it was time for some help. I had many regrets being here and I have lots of amazing moments with other students and staff. I was extremely manipulative and sneaky with everything I did here at Clearview. I was a compulsive liar and started a lot of drama. I was a big mess and I continued to self-sabotage myself anytime something good would happen to me. I continually got consequences for my poor choices.
I have grown so much this year. I can’t even believe all the crazy stuff I did here like when I stole the phone, ran away eight times, gave another student a razor, refused Sat crew, refused my consequences, refused school, getting in people’s faces, locking myself in the bathroom, piercing my ears, stealing people’s clothes, using other people’s things, and it goes on and on. But now I take a look at myself and I see a completely different person in me. I’m this strong woman looking for another chance at life. I know that I’ve earned a new beginning, I deserve and accept it. My mom and I had a toxic relationship and we both didn’t know how to be in a “real” positive relationship. I always told her things to push her away and had no hope. Now we have an amazing relationship thanks to Clearview.
I want to give thanks to everyone who’s helped me through the rough times and all the troubles. Clearview has taught me a lot and has helped me learn how to say no to things and say no to people. I have grown a lot stronger in myself and learned patience, even though I still have a hard time being patient. I’m working on being patient. I am now in an amazing place with myself and everyone here. I still look back to those days and think why did I do these things to myself and to other people? I appreciate all the staff, as much as they can get under my skin sometimes, and I am happy that they have been there for me through hell and back.”
-- Graduate 2010
“Clearview taught me to live authentically, accountably, and with integrity. I can tell you that these three things will take you very far in life. By living within these values, you will find that life is simple… I have overcome such hurt and pain and I can honestly say my past no longer defines me, fazes me, or destroys me. I am thankful to get this once in a lifetime opportunity that many people in their lives don’t ever get… I want to thank my family … they gave me one of the greatest gifts of all…a second chance at living a healthy life.”
-- Graduate 12/15
“I was terrified of relationships, with anyone. I hated myself and thought that everyone else did too. I thought everyone has out to hurt me and that no one was safe or trustworthy. I screamed at my adoptive parents…about how much I hated everyone and that all I needed in this life was me. I was carrying around so much fear and hurt, but as a little girl around 5 or 6 years old, I promised myself that I would never let anyone see me weak, hurting, scared, or anything less than independent. I wanted so badly to feel loved and to love others, but I couldn’t let myself reach out for those relationships that I wanted so badly, for the longest time, I gave up what I wanted most because I was letting fear drive me. Clearview taught me to no longer fear others and to accept myself the way that I am. I have made some really strong relationships since.”
-- Graduate 10/2015 – Adopted
My daughter went to Clearview for almost 17 months. During that time, I have learned more than I imagined about emotional growth, about me, and my parenting, and what I bring to the table than I ever imagined. This decision for my wife and I was very difficult but sitting on the other side of it, I am full of gratitude for the staff at Clearview. I could tell many stories about staff going the extra mile to make my daughter know she is loved and valued. The staff here put in endless hours of ups and downs, and yet they show up time and again with love over fear in their heart to do it all over again the next day. Sound familiar? Sort of like being a parent. Clearview is not perfect. No school is at any level of care. If you are looking at a private boarding school for your daughter, then the critical components you are looking for are safety, an experienced therapeutic team, and a loving environment. In my experience, Clearview is one of the best at these three things. In a year and a half, my daughter has gone from self-destructive behavior and not wanting any relationship with my wife and I, to an understanding of who she is, an appreciation for the change she has gone through, and to hope for her future, and a desire for that future to include us (rather than excluding us). She has grown and gained life experiences that have saved and will serve her life. We got our daughter back.
-- Daniel W. (from Google Reviews)