Finding the path to wellness with a teen or adolescent debilitating anxiety or depression is a journey. At Nathan’s Waypoint, we are here to help navigate that journey, your GPS through a difficult and challenging time. For many of our clients, this means a four-stage process, which we refer to as Waypoints, getting you through the journey to a happier, healthier teen and family.”

The Journey: Waypoint 1

Waypoint 1 involves a free one-hour consultation, either via phone or in person, during which we will explore the details of your unique experience. We will discuss things such as:

  • The behaviors and symptoms that your child has demonstrated;
  • The structure of your family and family dynamics;
  • The impact of what is happening on other members of the family (parents, other siblings, other caregivers);
  • The approaches you have tried to help your child and your family;
  • The financial implications of finding the right path for your family; and
  • Your needs and expectations moving forward.

If, at the end of the conversation, we each decide that Nathan’s Waypoint can be of help to you and your family, I will put together a report summarizing what we discussed and recommending next steps on the journey.

The Journey: Waypoint 2

Choosing a Path

Waypoint 2 begins with a broad look at the best options for your family based on your unique situation, and the costs associated with each. In particular, we will get down to the details of:

  • The challenges unique to your situation and how best to address them;
  • A customized list of questions for you to ask potential treatment providers as you investigate identified options;
  • Some options you can explore to help cover costs of treatment;
  • The possibility of using “transport” and how that would work.

The Journey: Waypoint 3

Navigating the Journey

Waypoint 3 is about implementing all the hard work that you accomplished during Waypoint 2. Nathan’s Waypoint will provide steady support and encouragement through this stage to:

  • Educate and prepare you for some things you might not expect;
  • Guide and support you as you navigate your role in your child’s treatment experience;
  • Help you acknowledge and accept what you can change, and what you cannot.

The Journey: Waypoint 4

Transitioning Home

If your child’s treatment plan involves them leaving home, whether to a wilderness program, therapeutic boarding school, or other treatment facility, Waypoint 4 will focus on preparing your family and your local support network to replace the structure of their treatment environment. During this stage we will help you think through:

  • Possible changes to the home environment;
  • Re-integrating in to the family;
  • Smoothing the transition back to a local school, including syncing academic calendars and transferring credits
  • Re-establishing social ties; and
  • Investigating possible transition support services.