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Our Student Profile at La Europa Academy

La Europa provides clinically sophisticated treatment for a number of challenges students ages 14 through 18 may be facing (see below). But we also cater to a certain type of student. In general, the La Europa girl is often wonderful and capable, but deeply hurting, truly believing "I'm not good enough." She may use creative expression as a method of self-soothing or a source for expression and entertainment. This does not mean that she has to be extremely talented or proficient at any particular means of expression, merely that she enjoys participating in creative pursuits. We will use her natural expressive strengths and interests to help her heal.

The typical La Europa student has lost herself in the challenges of adolescence. She may have experienced the joys of contributing to a family, but is no longer able to access this as a source of strength or comfort. In fact, she may currently be creating significant stress for the family. A La Europa student may be able to point to a specific event which caused her to lose herself and her direction. Or she may have had challenges throughout her life that have become more significant with the demands of adolescent development. Many of our students feel like they are "not enough": not smart enough, pretty enough, slender enough, confident enough or significant enough to be accepted. They often seek relief from feelings by using alcohol or drugs, dieting and/ or obsessive exercising, engaging in high risk sexual behavior, self-harming behaviors or other increasingly risky behaviors. Sometimes our student is attempting to manage overwhelming panic and anxiety resulting in progressive withdrawal from life situations or they might be trying to over control their environment. The typical La Europa girl is imploding - internalizing negative feelings and beliefs and making desperate attempts at coping.

La Europa Academy enrolls female students, ages 14-17.  Some of our students will turn 18 while at La Europa and have the option to stay and finish the program therapeutically and academically.  The majority of students who come to La Europa have a history of depression and anxiety.  They will also likely struggle with some of the following:

  • Trauma
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • School resistance or refusal
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Substance use
  • Self-Harming Behaviors
  • Eating Disorders
  • Social media and technology issues
  • Attachement/Adoption issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Disruptive behavior at home
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low motivation
  • Over-Control issues
  • Relationship and/or identity issues