Our residential programmes allow children and families the space and time needed to begin their road to improved mental health and happier lives

The Programme

Everyone that enrols on our residential programme will benefit from the support of our multidisciplinary team – including, psychologists, psychotherapists, family therapists, youth mentors, dieticians, art and music therapists and sports coaches.

On admission each individual becomes part of a small group of up to six other young people.

Every group has two dedicated Youth Mentors assigned to them. These are often younger people, many of whom have experienced problems of their own in earlier life, making them relatable and ideally placed to collaborate on developing strategies that work.

Through the week participants join group and individual therapy sessions, and in Week 5 parents or guardians are included in the family therapy programme.

As young people move through their individual programmes, progress is constantly monitored and any necessary adjustments made to meet their changing needs.

Our Residential programmes are bespoke and designed around the specific requirements of each individual, typically lasting for six weeks. If after assessment or during treatment, and in consultation with parents, it is considered that more time would be beneficial we also offer a ten week programme. Below is an example of the structure of a six week programme:

Week 1—2

Stabilisation and Treatment
The stabilisation phase is unique and vital to your child’s integration into the programme. During these weeks, they will be focusing on adjusting to the emotional impact of the admission and the crisis that brought them to this moment. This individualised approach is intrinsic to the entire Learn 2 Live programme and often entails a technology de-tox, providing your child freedom from the pressures of social media and an opportunity to gain perspective.

Week 3-5

Phase 1 – Looking outward
For the next three weeks, we’ll work with your child to help them lay the foundations for growth. We’ll help them learn the life skills that may be under-developed and they’ll continue to work on identifying how their difficulties have evolved. From here, we’ll help your child to begin establishing a sense of personal power over creating a new future. We’ll look at self-accountability, problem identification, the role of technology/social media, family relationships, friendships, dating, conflict resolution, communication skills and more.

Week 6

Family week – Family healing
Our family week is designed to help you and your child address any underlying problems in a neutral situation, healing the hurt that has been caused by past events. You and your child will work together to rebuild trust and communication in an open and honest way. You will gain a better understanding of family dynamics and effective, healthy family systems. It is also a vital opportunity for you to understand the support your child will need as they work towards transitioning out of Learn 2 Live.

Week 7-8

Phase 2 – Looking upward
During this phase of the programme, your child will continue to focus on their recovery while also increasing their real-world exposure – building their competencies and confidence for daily living. Working closely together, we’ll be focusing on emotional wellness, forgiveness, acceptance, healing from trauma, emotional regulation, self-expressions, brain development, cognitive function, nutrition, exercise, meditations, organisation and how to create solutions to a variety of challenges.

Week 9-10

Transition – Looking forward
The final two weeks are all about implementing everything your child has learnt to help them successfully transition back to their home lives. Your child will start work on their targets and plan for when they leave. Some of the topics they will cover include understanding positive mental health, relapse prevention, identification of triggers, making and maintaining prosocial decisions, self-acceptance in the outside world, identification of support, and formal acceptance of their exit contract between their clinical team, parents and themselves.

Our Approach

Group therapy

At Learn 2 Live, we use group sessions where young people learn with and from each other. They share their personal experiences and give each other feedback. Many will have experienced the same problems, as will the Youth Mentors who lead these sessions. The ensuing recognition this gives, provides the catalyst and strength to change.

Individual therapy

Every child responds to treatment in different ways. We build robust programme schedules to include regular individual sessions tailored to each individual’s treatment goals. Our team carefully constructs tailored plans that are closely evaluated and adjusted on an ongoing basis to guarantee the most effective approach.

Family therapy

The role of the family is a vital component in the success of any child’s treatment. For this reason we ensure we work closely with every family, involving them in the programme itself. This can include sessions in which both parties participate to promote healing, as well as sessions between the child and a therapist, with family present.

To support and supplement the treatments within our programme, we incorporate a wide range of additional therapies to drive a comprehensive approach to your child’s mental health.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a goal-oriented, evidence-based psychotherapeutic approach. It explores and reshapes thought patterns and behaviours, empowering individuals to manage challenges, promote well-being, and achieve mental health

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based therapeutic approach. It encourages individuals to embrace thoughts and feelings, commit to meaningful actions, and cultivate psychological flexibility for lasting well-being

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) integrates cognitive-behavioural strategies with mindfulness interventions. It facilitates the cultivation of emotional regulation, enhancement of interpersonal skills, and promotion of radical acceptance, empowering individuals to effectively navigate intricate emotional landscapes and optimise global mental health.

Dance and Movement therapy utilises expressive movement to enhance mental health. Through guided sessions, individuals explore emotions, improve self-awareness, and promote overall well-being, fostering an holistic approach to mental health.

Adventure therapy integrates outdoor activities and challenges to promote mental health. By engaging in adventurous experiences, individuals develop resilience, teamwork, and self-discovery, fostering personal growth and emotional well-being

Culinary arts therapy employs gastronomic activities as therapeutic modalities. By engaging in culinary processes, individuals cultivate emotional regulation, sensory awareness, and develop positive associations with food, contributing to overall mental health

Fitness therapy is a structured, therapeutic approach integrating physical activity to address mental health. Tailored exercise regimens enhance mood, reduce stress, and contribute to overall well-being, promoting holistic mental health

Art therapy, a clinical modality, utilizss artistic expression to explore emotions, improve self-awareness, and enhance psychological well-being. Guided by a trained therapist, this process aids individuals in navigating their mental health

Meditation is a contemplative practice, supports mental health recovery by promoting mindfulness and reducing stress. It enhances self-awareness, fosters emotional regulation, and cultivates a calm mind. Regular practice contributes to improved focus, resilience, and overall well-being, aiding in the journey to mental health recovery

Breath work aids mental health recovery by emphasising conscious control of breath patterns. This practice enhances mindfulness, reduces stress, and promotes emotional regulation, fostering a sense of calm and well-being