Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Student Voices How Hypnotherapy Helped Work Through Past Trauma

Since 1990, Rob Nielson, MFT, has been working with youth. After establishing co-ed Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School in 1996, Rob put his hypnotherapy skills to work helping students work through past traumatic events. Below, former student, Rita, explains how Rob and hypnotherapy helped her healing process. (Rita not only graduated from high school at Cedar Ridge Academy, she also graduated her therapeutic program and earned her black belt in Shotokan Karate.)

Receiving Shotokan Karate Black Belt at Cedar Ridge Academy


Hypnotherapy has helped me connect with myself. I came to Cedar Ridge Academy disconnected to my past. I also did not understand my past. I have been able to work through traumatizing events with the help of hypnosis. Don't get me wrong, it wouldn't have been impossible to work through these emotions that came up for me from these events without hypnosis, however, it would have been more difficult and would have taken longer.

Another thing that hypnosis has helped me with is working on my trust issues. Hypnosis helps work on trust issues because it requires a person to put a lot of trust in the therapist putting them into a trance because of the vulnerable state that the client gets into.

Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School graduate


Hypnotherapy has not only helped me work through buried emotions, but it has also helped me become more comfortable with being vulnerable and has helped me build a better relationship with my therapist. Hypnosis has resulted in me feeling very trusting of, and comfortable with my therapist.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Student Expresses Gratitude for Program at Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School

Settling into working their program at Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School is a different experience for every student. However, once students put their heart into making real, lasting behavioral changes that improve themselves and their family relationships, they express gratitude for their program. Below is a poem written by current student, Brooke, in which she expresses her feelings about Cedar Ridge Academy.

When I was at home
it wasn't unknown
that I was playing a deadly game,
one full of sin and shame.
I was walking a fine line,
and I was running out of time.
Now that I'm here,
I'm conquering all my fears.
So thank you CRA
for giving my life a way.
You, Cedar Ridge Academy
have helped put a future ahead of me.


Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School Karate Student

Part of Cedar Ridge Academy's program includes Shotokan Karate instruction that teaches self-control and respect for self and others. Brooke recently competed in an international Shotokan Karate competition. Her new-found confidence in herself and her skills served her well!

Monday, April 1, 2013

A Student's Experience at Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School

When I first arrived at Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School, I was in complete shock. I had no idea places like this existed, and I was always in denial about having issues so I thought coming to a place like this was “too extreme”. My excuses were “Oh, every teenager does this”. However, I soon came to realize every teenager might drink, get with guys, or pick their friends before their family. Although they didn’t take it to the extreme like I did.

I came to realize you have to talk about yourself to work your program, which I had a big problem with here. I would avoid by talking about my sister, mom, or friends. I would also joke about everything which was a huge avoidance for me because I felt that if I was joking and everyone was laughing, people would automatically think I was a happy person and that I had nothing wrong with me.


Cedar Ridge Academy students talk


I was too afraid of people judging me because I judged myself. I wouldn’t even let myself cry in front of people because I was so afraid of what their initial reaction was going to be. I wouldn’t even let myself talk about what was really going on for me, because I was always so afraid of what the other person was thinking. This held me back even more with my levels and myself.

Suddenly I had a wakeup call. Sitting in the girl's home family meeting one night, realizing I didn’t want to be on level 500 forever as well as be here forever. So I decided to talk about me and why I got sent here and my behaviors at home. When I started getting around and talking, I realized a lot of the girls could relate, which made expressing easier and that led to me talking about more in-depth things. Although at times it hasn’t been as easy as other days to want to open up and express, but when I push myself I feel a whole lot better.

Girls Student at co-ed Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School

I have had my struggles here, like having been on level 700 feeling like anything is possible and then dropping to level 600 and wanting to give up and not wanting to work for me. I always need motivation or I lose focus and go off track.

I’ve been here almost 10 months and I still sometimes don’t always know nor have the right motivation. However, as long as I’m working for myself, that’s when everything falls into place. I do have a goal to get back on level 700 again before summer - I just need that extra push. Thankfully, with great family support and my determination, I can see myself getting back up there again.  

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