The Leading DBT Treatment Center for Girls Ages 13–18 Located in Utah

Is Residential Treatment A Good Fit For My Family?

A daughter struggling with mental illness is one of the most challenging things you’ll face as a parent. On the outside, you see relationships in ruins, extreme mood swings between emotional outbursts and severe isolation, and a deteriorating future. These outward behaviors mask your daughter’s internal feelings of hopelessness, despair, shame, and guilt; feelings that often mirror your own emotions.

Ask yourself:

  • Can you trust that your daughter will make appropriate decisions, tell you the truth, or avoid self-destructive behavior?
  • Do you feel you can keep your daughter safe at home?
  • Has your home become chaotic?
  • Have you tried school counseling, outpatient therapy, psychiatrists, psychologists, and perhaps even a short-term program?
  • Have you exhausted all other options, and is your family exhausted?
  • And has nothing worked?

If any of this sounds like your family, please know that there is hope. Residential treatment can help, not only your daughter but your whole family.

When you’re looking for residential treatment centers, it’s not because your daughter is a “troubled teen.” She’s not a problem to fix. You’re looking for treatment because you love your daughter. You want her to find joy. You want her to live a fulfilling life. You’re looking for treatment because you want your daughter back.

No one thinks that raising a teen girl is easy, but it shouldn’t have to be this hard.

Will Residential Treatment Work For My Family?

As mental health disorders continue to rise, so does the number of families in need of residential treatment. At Sunrise, we’ve helped hundreds of families just like yours find healing for the whole family. We understand what you’re going through and our outcomes prove that residential treatment can be successful for your family.

What Struggles Do Residential Programs Help With?

By the time your daughter is ready to leave Sunrise, she’ll be prepared with skills to:

  • regulate her emotions through our Joint Commission accredited residential program
  • excel in school by working with our licensed and certified teachers
  • successfully manage her day-to-day life with increased independence

Specific co-occurring mental health disorders we commonly encounter:

Depression Treatment

Depression is a debilitating disease that can limit your daughter’s ability to attend school, socialize, and even meet her own basic day-to-day needs. Fortunately, depression is treatable. Your daughter will address underlying causes of depression, learn emotion regulation skills, and practice relationship skills with her community.

Anxiety Disorders

Feelings of anxiety are a common and usually productive part of life. But for some, anxiety becomes so intense and pervasive that it feels crippling. Your daughter will learn to reduce and manage her anxiety to create a more enjoyable life.

Borderline Personality Disorder

Young people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) need a secure and predictable environment to heal. At Sunrise, your daughter will find loving relationships, boundaries, and support that enable her to thrive therapeutically. Sunrise is a fully-integrated DBT treatment center, and she will find that all aspects of the program help her live the DBT skills and carry them forward into life beyond treatment.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Few things in life could be more difficult than watching your daughter suffer from post-traumatic stress. Your daughter will have the opportunity to unpack the painful emotions associated with trauma so that she can safely heal and move forward. Your family will also learn how to best support your daughter as she goes through the challenging healing process.

Attachment Disorder

Attachment disorders are complex, frustrating, and stem from deeply rooted pain. At Sunrise, your daughter will have the opportunity to safely walk through this pain with the support of her therapists, treatment team, and community.

Addiction and Recovery

While Sunrise is not a teen rehab, your daughter will identify and work through the underlying issues that have driven her substance use or process addictions. Whether she has experimented with a screen addiction, drug abuse or faces an alcohol addiction, she will learn the needed sober living skills that allow her to thrive at home. By creating healthy friend groups and re-establishing her relationships with family members, she will be able to reclaim her life from addiction.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

The ritualistic nature of OCD causes interruptions not only in your daughter’s life, but in your family life. To overcome OCD, your daughter will have constant support from therapists, staff, and peers at Sunrise.

Bipolar Disorder

Because of the already unstable emotions teens experience, bipolar disorder often goes undetected in teenage girls. Once your daughter is properly diagnosed, we’ll help her find the best ways to treat the disorder. Through talk therapy, DBT, medication, and support from her family and therapeutic community, your daughter will learn and embrace the skills to overcome bipolar disorder.

Eating Disorders

Once your daughter is medically stable, we will help her address the underlying issues that drive eating disorder behaviors. Long-term treatment at Sunrise, along with building a healthy support network, increases your daughter’s chance of maintaining recovery and living a healthy life.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Parenting a child with ODD is a unique challenge. We’ll emulate the unconditional love you have for your daughter as she works through oppositional defiant disorder. With plenty of family therapy, support, and patience, your daughter will learn to do relationships in a more healthy, more functional way.

High-Functioning Autism (HFA, or Asperger's Syndrome)

Your daughter with HFA will learn to manage her time efficiently, organize her school work and therapeutic work, and have constant practice in relationship skills. Your daughter, like many teens with HFA, might also struggle with addiction and other mental health issues. She’ll find healing from both of these challenges at Sunrise.

How Do Adolescent Residential Treatment Centers Work?

In a residential treatment program, your daughter will live at the treatment facility while she works through her mental health issues. Your family will also be involved, but usually from home.

Sunrise’s evidence-based treatment program works in the following ways:

1. We’ll help your whole family, not just your daughter.

At Sunrise, we realize how hard it is for you to send your daughter away; we also understand that your child needs you in her life, no matter how much she tries to push you out of it. For this reason, we ensure that you are deeply involved in your daughter’s treatment throughout the program.

Family involvement is so important to us that we won’t enroll your daughter without a commitment to family involvement. This includes participation in weekly family therapy through a conferencing platform, quarterly on-campus family weekends, and regular phone calls with your daughter. These activities will help you rebuild a relationship with your daughter. And they may help your daughter build a healthy independence if your relationship is too enmeshed.

2. Sophisticated mental health therapy, uniquely tailored to teenage girls.

Your daughter is in need of intense mental health treatment, and that’s what we provide. At Sunrise, your daughter’s personalized treatment plan will consist of between of 8-10 hours of therapy each week, including:

  • individual therapy
  • family therapy
  • group therapy
  • adventure therapy
  • recreation therapy
  • and animal therapy

Between these many forms of therapy, your daughter will find what works best for her in different situations. If your daughter struggles with co-occurring disorders, she might find that talk therapy works best for post-traumatic stress and that adventure therapy is most effective for anxiety. All teens are different, but most will find one of these therapies helpful.

3. DBT for emotional regulation.

Dialectical behavior therapy, DBT for short, is a set of skills to help with relationships, emotions, behavioral issues, and overall well-being. DBT is frequently part of mental health treatment and your daughter may have already learned the skills in outpatient therapy or another program. Sunrise is a fully-integrated DBT treatment program, which means that the DBT skills are taught and modeled by the entire staff, including teachers, not just discussed in a group setting.

Your daughter may already have learned DBT skills, but has she learned how to use them in her daily life? Here, she won’t only learn the skills; she’ll learn to live the skills. When she leaves Sunrise, she’ll be an expert in regulating her emotions and in creating and maintaining healthy relationships.

4. College prep school to prepare for the future.

Sunrise is a fully-accredited junior high and high school taught by licensed teachers. Our school is a safe environment designed to:

  • Ensure each student is caught up in credits and on track to go to college.
  • Develop an individual curriculum plan that meets your daughter’s education and career goals.
  • Make sure your daughter has the skills to be successful in school after she returns home.
  • Prepare your daughter for a successful college experience.

Does My Teenage Daughter Need Residential Treatment?

Not all teens in distress need a residential treatment facility to get better. Some will get through hard times with adequate support at home. Other teens may need care at a lower level, such as intensive outpatient therapy. If you think your daughter needs residential treatment, call us at 866.754.4807 to discuss your situation with an admissions counselor. We’ll talk it through and help you determine whether Sunrise is a good fit for your family.

How Successful Is Residential Treatment?

Residential treatment is one of the most successful ways to treat serious mental health issues. Residential treatment centers for teens help by:

  • Providing a safe environment for teens to process through difficult events and emotions.
  • Pulling them away from their current external influencers, such as negative peer groups or environmental triggers at home.
  • Surrounding them with positive and recovery-motivated peers.
  • Providing highly structured days.
  • Offering a therapeutic environment that allows your daughter to process what’s going on for her at any time—not only in therapy.
  • Disrupting your daughter’s unhealthy patterns.
  • Providing small class sizes that allow teachers to help your daughter one-on-one, while small therapist caseloads allow therapists to spend quality time getting to know and helping your daughter and family.

For us at Sunrise, success means that by the time your daughter comes home she no longer struggles with the behavior that caused you to seek residential care. Based on our most recent outcomes, nine out of ten Sunrise students who complete the program never need residential treatment again.

Because it can be heart-wrenching to send your daughter to live away from home, many families shy away from residential care. Unfortunately, we’ve found that most of these families end up coming to Sunrise after their daughters’ symptoms continue to worsen and they finally reach their breaking point. If you’re wondering if a residential program is right for you, give us a call or fill out a form so we can help you with your next steps.

“I Got My Daughter Back”

There is hope for your family. With the appropriate level of care and the right program, your family and your daughter will transform from helpless to empowered. You will experience real, life, change.


We are very excited and looking forward to the future. You and your excellent staff have done great work guiding us and our daughter through this time. Words are not enough…

-Alumni Dad

I haven't seen her smile as much as she has been over the past several months. She is holding two different jobs, and in one she is being trained for promotion because of her ability to deal with customers well. She is also doing runway modeling work, and is absolutely gorgeous. We spend a fair amount of time together, and she is back to being the girl I knew before all her teenage outbursts

-Alumni Dad

Our daughter has been very responsible. She is now working three part time jobs. Our relationship with her has changed dramatically. We can trust her, we can discuss things without raising voices even if we disagree. If she realizes she had a bad attitude (like we all do from time to time) she’ll apologize the next day and it is from the heart. We joke around about a lot of different things and have fun together. When she comes home in the evening she tells us all about her day. The things we learned through your program and the weekly family sessions using skype has helped us in relating to our other children as well. Other people have noticed a change not only in her, but also in us! We would like to thank all the staff there at Sunrise. You all have a very challenging job, but you do it so well! I know that if we hadn’t sent her to Sunrise we might be grieving over her death or at least a few more hospitalizations. I hope you are encouraged knowing of her success. Keep up the good work!

-Proud Parents

Our daughter has adjusted well to main stream life. If she had the full semester in school she would have made the honor role. She is a leader in her support group and really enjoys going to the meetings. With her Wilderness Therapy and Sunrise treatment she will have the tools necessary to turn her back on some issues and people who could be a bad influence. So far so good.

-Alumni Dad

So far my daughter is doing great and I am thrilled to have her back physically and emotionally thank you.

- Alumni Mom

I personally want to thank you for all the help you gave us with my daughter. She is a changed daughter, for the better. We get along great. She has a good relationship with her sister and her mother. You were a choice for us at a time when we did not know where to turn. I thank God for giving me back my daughter and directing us to you.

-Alumni Dad

It was a truly positive experience. We are very impressed with every aspect of Sunrise, from the quality of the therapists to Kelly's cuisine! Please extend our recognition to all staff members.

-Alumni Mom

Our family’s experience at Sunrise has been overwhelmingly positive. A year ago, 18 months ago, 3 years ago it would have been impossible for me to imagine feeling as hopeful and positive as I do now. The program here strikes a wonderful balance between keeping their students (and their families) grounded in reality and realistic expectations and looking forward and staying positive.


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