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
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.