Residential Treatment Center for Young Girls

Moonridge Academy is a unique residential treatment program for young girls ages 11-14. Designed specifically to avoid exposing younger girls to the behaviors, attitudes and addictions of older teenage girls, Moonridge combines the clinical sophistication of the other CERTS treatment centers (DBT, extensive family systems work, small caseloads, etc.) with a program designed just for them: lots of “hands on” education and treatment, play therapy, sand tray therapy, regular therapeutic excursions, work with horses, and more.

Age-Specific Treatment

There are many benefits to our age-specific treatment for younger girls. Girls 11-14 have different needs and want than older teenagers. They also process information and approach problems differently than older girls. The benefits of age-specific residential treatment include:

Age Appropriate Therapy

This includes sand tray therapy, which includes figurines and a sandbox to recreate relationships and scenes to reveal deep thoughts and feelings, play therapy, equine assisted therapy, specialized low ropes course and canyoneering exercises. All of these activities improve self-esteem, encourage teamwork, repair trust issues and teach patterns for overcoming fears.

Time for Play and Fun

Most residential treatment centers end up being too structured for younger girls. Moonridge girls have the opportunity to play, do arts and crafts, celebrate holidays and enjoy time outside with animals.

Equine Therapy and Horseback Riding

Moonridge Academy has an outstanding equestrian program. Animals are proven to be therapeutic and Moonridge girls have the opportunity to ride, groom and work with horses. They also have the opportunity to take riding lessons and become skilled equestrians. We strongly believe that this type of therapy is ideal for younger girls.

Protective Environment

Moonridge’s age limitation means that younger girls won’t be exposed to more mature issues and behaviors. This residential treatment center is a lot like a therapeutic “middle school”, while traditional residential treatment centers are more like “high school”.

More Effective Group Therapy

Younger girls tend to open up more in group therapy and feel less embarrassed when older girls are not in the room.

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At Moonridge Academy, both education and therapy are on the right level for younger girls. Trying to force younger girls to fit in with high school teens is not conducive to the healing process, which is why we dedicate ourselves to age-specific residential treatment.


Have more questions? Feel like transition may be the right move for you and your daughter? Reach out to us and we would love to help you and your family get started on the path to transition.


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Main Office 435-586-9585

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