Clinical Director's Welcome Message

Last Updated: 8/24/2021 5:11 PM

Bonnie Turek
Clinical Director

 

Greetings and welcome to NewHope Academy! 

 

NHA distinguishes itself by providing a high level of education and multimodal therapies to students who are unable to function in a mainstream, academic environment.  Their struggles, due to social/emotional challenges, may have students experience a variety of psychological conditions including, but not limited to, anxiety disorders (OCD, GAD, school and social phobias), affective disorders (depression/bipolar), PTSD/trauma, eating disorders, and characterological symptomatology. 

We are also known for our successful work with students diagnosed with high-functioning autism and ADHD. 

Since a significant number of our students struggle with peer relationships and/or have a history of being bullied, we not only teach skills to improve social relationships, but we embrace the concept of civil respect and the asset of kindness throughout our school. 

Our clinicians have a solid foundation in clinical skills, psychological theory, and practice working with adolescents and their families and use CBT, psychodynamic, family systems, and client-centered interventions in addition to DBT and trauma-based skills in their sessions.  Our clinical team comprises Clinical Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors. 

We support our students by providing structure, empathy, guidance, and encouragement in an environment where they feel understood not only during individual, group, and family therapy but also within their classrooms.  

Overall, our mission is to provide a safe and supportive therapeutic milieu whereby students build resilience, develop self-advocacy and coping skills, and maintain a level of emotional stability that enables them to engage in classroom learning while becoming independent learners. 

The sheer nature of our small, nurturing therapeutic setting allows our students to practice skills while receiving immediate feedback so they are better prepared to reintegrate to their public school and the world at large when the time comes, thus allowing our bright students to shine.