Typical Student at Approach

At Approach, it is our main goal to provide teens between the ages of 14 and 17 with the opportunity to overcome their struggles in an environment that will support their complete recovery. We understand how complicated it can be to deal with psychological issues at a young age, which is why we work on a daily basis to help each and every one of our students work through their challenges.

A typical student at Approach presents with one or more of the following primary issues:


  • School absence
  • Refusal of treatment or medication
  • Unwilling to attend support groups

Emotional Dysregulation

  • Internalizing emotions and shutting down
  • Externalizing emotions and growing aggressive

Overuse of Technology

  • Using technology for 8-12 hours a day
  • Grows irritable if taken away

Social Difficulty

  • History of being bullied
  • Maladaptive attempts to gain social approval

Gaps in Maturation

  • Trouble with identity development
  • Little to no social relationships
  • Difficulty with separation/individualization

Poor Self-Care

  • Lack of sleep
  • Limited routine or structure
  • Void of healthy habits

These issues can be found hiding behind more serious issues, including Asperger’s Syndrome, non-verbal learning disorders, ADHD, Pervasive Development Disorders and adoption and attachment issues, all of which we treat at Approach. We also address secondary issues such as anxiety and depression. It is our goal to provide students with a complete diagnosis of their issues so we can provide the utmost, quality care not only to them, but their families as well.

I went into this program scared out of my mind. At SUWS, I learned the tools I needed to work through my issues and I'm forever grateful.

– Anonymous Patient