Your child’s stay begins with a two-week comprehensive diagnostic assessment – but intensive individual therapy also begins on day one. This simultaneous approach maximizes the time your child spends working toward recovery. On average, residents spend 30 - 40 hours per week in treatment.

Our goal is to stabilize adolescents in crisis and help them develop the tools to be successful upon discharge. This may mean a new diagnosis or a new type of therapy. It may mean a close relationship with a resident’s family and school system to ensure appropriate care is available and provided at home. We get to know each individual resident and meet their unique needs. Through a comprehensive consideration of the diagnostic assessment, an individualized and robust treatment process, and a continuing care plan, we help your child recover in a safe, productive, and peaceful environment.

Ultimately, we want our residents to feel they understand and have the language to explain how they feel and what they need. We want them to feel heard and to be able to communicate with their systems of support. And through family engagement, we want to create a shared language between the child and family, to develop collaborative approaches to working through challenges. Success doesn’t just mean success here; it means success at home and in the future.

Why The LifeLaunch by Sheppard Pratt?

At Sheppard Pratt, your child will be surrounded by a team of world class mental health professionals. This care team will assess your unique child and their needs to create an individualized and flexible treatment plan. We’ll evaluate your child’s history of care and whether past diagnoses and therapies are accurate and effective.

Because The LifeLaunch is within the Sheppard Pratt continuum of care, every resident has access to additional therapy and consultations outside of The LifeLaunch umbrella. We can provide each resident with as many as five therapy sessions per week, including individual and group therapy, family therapy, yoga therapy, movement therapy, art therapy, occupational therapy, electroconvulsive therapy, and more. We can connect residents to specialty services like The Center for OCD and Anxiety, The Center for Eating Disorders, or The Center for Autism, if appropriate.

My daughter is jaded from having been through a lot of programs. She is slow to open up, and informal organic conversations work much better than formal therapy for her. The LifeLaunch clinicians saw that early on, and they were able to adapt quickly. And it worked. They got much further than any other program she has had because they were patient and skillful in managing those discussions.