Sometimes it can feel like the behaviors we see in our loved ones who are struggling come from out of nowhere. The truth is, however, their behavior is likely closely tied to an undercurrent of emotions. At Clearview Girls Academy, we aim to treat the emotional struggles underlying behavioral outbursts and struggles. Addressing the underlying emotions creates an overall healthier individual who can more easily achieve behavioral recovery.
Various therapeutic methods are used for this, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Through these methods, we help our students work through what is ailing them and gain more control over their behavior. When girls have better emotional control, their negative behaviors lessen.
Emotions and Behavioral Recovery
Emotions and behavior are closely linked. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) explains how mental health can affect emotions, stating, “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act, and helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.” If someone is struggling with their mental health, this will be reflected in their behaviors and how they treat others.
The best way to treat negative behavior is to treat the underlying mental and emotional health of the individual. If your daughter is struggling mentally and emotionally, it may come out as a behavioral outburst. While these behaviors are not desirable, there are ways to treat the underlying issues. Therapeutic approaches can be the first step in treating mental and emotional health issues.
Therapy and Behavioral Recovery
A variety of treatments can address the issues affecting our students and modify their behavior. We believe that a strong therapeutic approach can allow us to intervene in even the most difficult of situations. Therapy can help rewire one’s brain to respond differently in triggering situations. The evidence-based techniques used in therapy can give people the skills they need to cope with situations in healthier ways.
When a girl is exhibiting problematic or negative behavior, therapy can help her get to the root of the issue. As our team systematically works through what is causing her issues, she can work to change the behavior to something healthier and more productive.
There are many different types of therapy and programs offered at Clearview Girls Academy. When your daughter is here, she will have a personalized care team and plan. She will not be alone; she will have people to help her achieve her goals. We offer holistic therapies, like equine therapy, in which girls can bond with horses to soothe their emotions. We also offer proven therapies like individual counseling that can help your daughter work through her issues. Furthermore, therapists employ techniques like CBT and DBT, which address the underlying thoughts and emotions that give rise to harmful behaviors.
CBT is a type of psychotherapy that helps to change a person’s unhealthy ways of thinking, which in turn changes their mood and behavior. This technique has practical applications and can be used in daily life to improve functioning. CBT has some similarities to DBT, another therapy that can be effective for many people.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DBT is a type of talk therapy that helps people who are experiencing significant emotional reactions to everyday situations. Those who are having intense and seemingly uncontrollable emotional reactions can benefit from this approach. The therapy is based on CBT and is especially effective for improving emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT is a structured therapy that works to help people make changes in their own selves while accepting the complex nature of reality.
Getting to the Core of the Issue
When the core of the issue is revealed through therapy, the real work can begin. Our team of therapists can help settle your daughter into a routine of care and make steady progress on her journey to health. Each step our team takes with your daughter will help her gain behavioral control.
When emotional problems are treated, the desire for harmful behavior is mitigated. In short, behavioral recovery is possible through emotional recovery. Each therapy she uses on her treatment and recovery journey will bring her closer to a successful and harmonious life.
Achieving Long-Term Success
The hard work your daughter does in therapy will lead to several positive outcomes. She will gain a sense of confidence, self-worth, purpose, and serenity. Recovery is a long journey, but one that can be achieved through working together with a caring and compassionate team.
Behavioral outbursts can cause issues in your daughter’s life and the lives of her loved ones. As she regains control of her emotions and mental health, she can experience long-term improvement in her overall functioning. This will, in turn, help all of her relationships improve throughout her life.
When your daughter is struggling with something emotionally, she may find herself exhibiting unproductive behaviors such as lashing out. This cycle will repeat until she uncovers the deeper emotional issues underlying her behavior. Therapy can set your daughter up for success. When treatment is done correctly, it can alleviate the emotional struggles your daughter is experiencing. With each step toward emotional clarity, she will regain control of herself and demonstrate new coping skills. The skills she learns in therapy will help her take responsibility for her own actions and better control her behavior. If your daughter is struggling and acting out behaviorally, reach out to Clearview Girls Academy at (888) 796-5484.