We aim to provide a warm, and welcoming environment to support each student. Imperial House is built around pillars of therapeutic support, academic success, tailored nutrition, creative and personal development.
With an experienced, trusted on-site staff, we provide a blueprint for mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.
Imperial House is committed to individual educational success. We understand that when difficult times interfere with an adolescent’s life- the ability to focus and to be successful academically is often not realized. At IH, we weave academics into daily living – so that our students are able to maintain progress towards academic goals.
We believe that the food and what we put into our bodies is absolutely crucial to emotional and mental wellbeing. Like a plant needs water to thrive and flourish, the body needs wholesome and soul-supporting food. At IHE, we have a seasoned chef that prepares each delicious, nutrient-dense meal with the utmost care and love. We also incorporate the specific dietary needs of each client in meal planning.
Each week we have cooking classes. They are designed to give cooking basics such as reading a recipe, cleanliness, food safety, how to make from scratch, measurements, and temperatures. We also incorporate tastings to develop the palate, culture to try new foods, nutrition, and its impact, and learning how to correctly fuel the body.
Recreational Therapy is a person-centered process that uses recreation and psychoeducational tasks as intervention tools to improve the physical, cognitive, social, behavioral, emotional, and spiritual well-being of an individual. Through experiential activities that simulate real-life challenges and unpredictable situations, clients are able to think in new ways about old patterns, identify what needs to be changed in their lives and relationships, and feel empowered to take the decisive steps to improve their quality of life.
Part of our approach is engaging the body as well as the mind. Our bodies need to move and experience the world and our minds needs to be intellectually stimulated. We have weekly, monthly, and tri-annual activities that support body and mind and emotional wellbeing, including hiking, museum touring, yoga, and more. Our social activities help build morale and allow us to also bring fun into the healing process.
Equine-assisted psychotherapy incorporates horses into the therapeutic process. Students engage in activities such as grooming, feeding, and leading a horse in equine environment to promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth.
Music therapy is the use of music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of the group. It employs a variety of activities, such as listening to melodies, playing an instrument, drumming, writing songs, and guided imagery.
Trauma Informed Yoga
Trauma-informed yoga helps students learn to calm their minds and regulate their physical responses and, thus, their emotions. They're able to learn to recognize and tolerate physical sensations and thereby regain a feeling of safety inside their bodies.
Art therapy is a technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. The goal of art therapy is to utilize the creative process to help people explore self-expression and, in doing so, find new ways to gain personal insight and develop new coping skills.
Students learn to cope more effectively with intense emotions, addictive behaviors, and/or relationship struggles. This aids in reducing self-destructive behaviors and learning more adaptive ways to manage painful emotions. These skills include, mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation.
Students share their thoughts, feelings, emotions, and experiences. Students receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement and feedback from peers and clinician. This provides students an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness and to learn how they relate to others.