Your daughter’s anxiety is unique to her. Genetics, personal values, individual experiences, patterns of thinking, and her goals for the future are all evaluated to determine the root cause of your daughter’s anxiety. Once the sources of her anxiety are understood, the clinical team at Cascade Academy collaboratively creates a plan to identify how to reduce symptoms of anxiety and increase your daughter’s ability to tolerate distress.
Each girl at Cascade Academy will have a unique path to healing. Your daughter’s specific roadmap will also include the following healthy life practice principles:
Building a Foundation of Balance
Anxiety is increased when we are out of balance with body, mind, and soul. Your daughter’s health is the first priority.
Engage in life through work and play
Once a foundation of balance is in place, your daughter will begin a phase dedicated to building skills of self-mastery in the areas of work and play. Guiding treatment during this phase are two principles:
The Power of Play
Years of research has shown that play is a powerful method for learning that takes hold naturally in the core of our brain and memory. Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play, said “The truth is that play seems to be one of the most advanced methods nature has invented to allow a complex brain to create itself.”
When your daughter is mindfully engaged in play, it is a respite from the experience of anxiety. Play is a method to engage and connect to our true selves. Your daughter will experience many recreational and spontaneous opportunities to simply engage in leisure and enjoy herself.
Work is Easy-Hard or Hard-Easy
Challenges can be approached two ways; do what’s easy first and deal with the hard things later or do what’s hard now and clear a path for the future. At Cascade Academy your daughter will be encouraged to choose hard-easy. As she learns to face the challenges presented by work, she will be mentored in the areas of skill building, challenging comfort levels, and putting in the work that leads to achieving goals. This includes the hard work of therapy.
Connect with Others in Meaningful Ways
The ability to connect with others in healthy ways is an important indicator of wellbeing.With balanced and active engagement in life, your daughter can then have the ability to contribute and connect to others. Two guiding principles for connection include:
“Make a Bigger Ripple”Each social interaction we have with others has an impact on the world and people around us. Your daughter will learn to consider how she makes ripples in the lives of others. Healthy and authentic relationships create a lasting and positive impact. Your daughter is encouraged to develop healthy relationship skills with family, friends and community in such a way that she benefits as well as those around her.
Lend a Hand, Take a Hand
Growth comes when we serve others. When your daughter learns that she can help others, she can also find purpose in contributing. Your daughter has much to offer and will find strength in knowing that she is able to make a positive impact on causes larger than herself. Service is a core component of Cascade Academy and your daughter will have opportunities to serve both locally and globally.