Ozark Trails Academy understands that parents want to send a child to a safe, monitored environment where their child receives personal care, and individual therapies that help heal emotional and mental disorders–whether brought on by trauma, foster care, adoption or family genetics.
And while the young child or teen enrolls our therapeutic boarding school for counseling, treatment, and improving academic/life skills, Ozark Trails Academy also helps students improve mental and physical health through Narrative Therapy, led by licensed therapists.
Definition of Narrative Therapy:
“Narrative therapy is a form of counseling that views people as separate from their problems. This allows clients to get some distance from the issue to see how it might actually be helping them, or protecting them, more than it is hurting them. With this new perspective, individuals feel more empowered to make changes in their thought patterns and behavior and “rewrite” their life story for a future that reflects who they are, what they are capable of, and what their purpose is, separate from their problems.” 1
“In narrative therapy, the events that occur over time in a person’s life are viewed as stories, some of which stand out as more significant or more fateful than others. These significant stories, usually stemming from negative events, can ultimately shape one’s identity. Beyond this identity, the narrative therapist views a client’s life as multitiered and full of possibilities that are just waiting to be discovered. The therapist does not act as the expert, but rather helps clients see how they are the experts regarding their own life and, as such, can uncover the dreams, values, goals, and skills that define who they really are, separate from their problems. These are the buried stories that can be rewritten and woven into the ongoing and future story of their lives.” 1
Narrative Therapy Enhances Student’s Individual Treatment at Ozark Trails
That’s why Ozark Trails Academy uses Narrative Therapy in Individual therapy. We want each student to experience effective counseling as well as improve daily life at school, and back home with family.
If you want to learn more about how Narrative Therapy effectively helps students open up and heal at our therapeutic boarding school, please call (417) 278-6868 now.