FAQs for Professionals

Question: Whom does Mountain Valley serve?

Answer:  MVTC treats adolescent and emerging adult males and females, ages 13 to 20, suffering from:

  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive/OC Spectrum Disorders
  • School-based and performance anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Specific phobias

Question: How would you describe the program?

Answer: MVTC is a unique, nonprofit, residential treatment program combining evidenced-based Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy delivered within the context of an experiential wellness curriculum.  Activities focusing on organic gardening/farm-to-table, mindfulness-based programming, recreational therapy, therapeutic equine experience, and stewardship projects engage residents in ways to develop skills for a better quality of life after Mountain Valley.

Question: How would you describe your clinical model?

Answer:  Mountain Valley’s approach is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and specifically utilizes Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy to treat our residents’ anxiety and OCD.

  • Three individual therapy sessions weekly and three thematic group therapy sessions
  • Daily milieu-based individualized exposure therapy activities as well as two, 3-hour clinician-led ERP groups twice per week
  • Medical professionals on staff for medication management and general wellness
  • Weekly family therapy and family curriculum focusing on psychoeducation to educate and reduce “Family Accommodation” that contributes to the anxiety dynamic in the home

Question: What makes Mountain Valley different than other anxiety and OCD treatment programs?

Answer: Mountain Valley is unique – and effective – because of our purposeful programming and un-paralleled environment for healing.  Unlike other residential treatment programs that focus solely on anxiety and OCD (and there are very few), Mountain Valley is not an institutional or hospital-like setting.  Our campus is situated on 1800+ acres of conservation land and within an iconic New England countryside as our back drop.  Our clinical programming will match up with the most recognized institutions yet the “fun stuff” is what sets us apart.  The experiential education modules, our caring, competent and professional staff, and our commitment to serving the whole family system truly makes us a special place.

Question:  Do you involve siblings in family therapy? 

Answer:  Each resident’s treatment is specific to them and involvement of siblings and the extent of that involvement is determined on a case-by-case basis with the primary therapist, the resident and the parents.

Question: What is the average length of stay?

Answer: 60 to 90 days.

Question:  How is it determined that a resident has completed the treatment program?

Answer:  Each resident has an individualized treatment plan with specific goals based on their presenting issues.  This plan is created in collaboration with the resident, therapist and family.  It is periodically adjusted and updated during the 60 to 90-day stay.  When goals have been completed, and a resident has taken ownership of his/her exposure therapy work, then a discharge date will be identified along with the family and aftercare supports.  “Ownership” of his/her own exposure therapy work simply means that a resident can put him/herself into a fear causing situation (rather than avoid) and manage through it.  The situation/scenario or object may still cause anxiety, but it won’t be debilitating.

Question:  Whom do we contact for further information?

Answer: Jen Fullerton, LISCW, at jfullerton@mountainvalleytreatment.org