Treating the Whole Person
One of the aspects that sets us apart from other programs for troubled teens is our philosophy. The Solstice East philosophy also includes a belief in a holistic approach. This approach focuses on treating the whole person, not just the “identified problem” or “problem behavior.”
It isn’t focused on symptom reduction, but on getting to the core of the issues, and building a strong foundation. For instance, we view addictive behaviors, whether they be self-harming, substance abuse, or based in unhealthy relationships, as being symptoms of more core issues. The primary goal of therapy is to access those core issues so genuine healing can occur. This is why our troubled youth programs have changed so many lives.
In addition, a holistic approach accounts for the fact that our physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and relational selves are all bound together. This “mind-body” philosophy is supported by continuous research that our mental and physical health is intertwined. That being said, a deficiency in one area will impact the other. For more information on this, please refer to our “Student Life” section of this website, under Health and Fitness.
Our therapeutic program acknowledges the fact that to create lasting, effective change, a holistic approach to health is necessary. This belief is the foundation that drives all of the components of the Solstice program.