Shelterwood Academy is a Christ-centered therapeutic boarding school for teens struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges.
Executive Director of Clinical Services
As Shelterwood’s Executive Director of Clinical Services, Ken’s mission is to shape the Shelterwood experience in a way that creates an opportunity for healing, restoration and hope for each teen and their family. He is licensed as a professional counselor and has spent his career working with at-risk teens in positions that include being assistant chaplain at a juvenile detention center, and as a case manager and therapist in residential, transitional and intensive outpatient substance abuse programs.
Ken came to us with a focus on bringing additional education to Shelterwood, and he established the Substance Abuse and Prevention and Recovery Program here. He particularly enjoys working with our mentor teams and younger professionals, helping them implement therapeutic interventions and integrate their faith into daily life at Shelterwood. When he’s not working, Ken is either playing golf, hunting, fishing or spending time with his wife and their two children.
Julie completed her master’s degree in counseling and art therapy at Avila University and is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri. Julie’s passion is for teenagers, and she uses art as a creative therapeutic strategy to help students resolve the tension and pain in their lives. Prior to Shelterwood, Julie worked at Spofford Home for Children, Re-Discover Program, and Wyandotte Center for Behavioral and Community Health.
Her desire to work with adolescents and families led her to the Shelterwood team in February 2012. Julie uses an assortment of clinical techniques as a catalyst for growth and healing. Julie is trained in EMDR. She desires to help teens discover their passions and to be productively involved at Shelterwood, in their community and ultimately when they transition home.
To sum it up, Kayla is here for you. As an addiction counselor, she meets with students individually weekly to provide recovery counseling. And she also leads two recovery groups each week so that students have a space to process their treatment and sobriety journey and learn about their treatment and goals. Her goal is to encourage and empower students to set and maintain boundaries, grow in their sense of self, and educate on sober fun and healthy relationships.
Kayla faces challenges head-on, and she helps her students do the same. Her favorite moments are the “a-ha” ones for the kids — where they gain a deeper understanding for where they came from and where they’d like to go. But helping young adults is just the start of who Kayla wants to help. She’s currently completing a master’s program in marriage and family therapy. In her very rare free time, exploring nature is at the top of Kayla’s to-do list.
Mariah meets weekly with clients and their families, acting as a mediator, completing treatment plans and monitoring students’ progress from entry to graduation. With a bachelor’s in Biblical Counseling, a master’s in Social Work and a certification in Play Therapy, Mariah enjoys working with families, children, teens and those who have experienced trauma. She advocates for her clients, encourages healthy communication and conflict resolution and facilitates healing in the family, and she finds her job most fulfilling when kids trust her with their biggest vulnerabilities or have breakthroughs after months of struggling. Her main approaches to therapy stem from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Strengths-based Approach. Mariah’s co-workers here say that she’s kind, generous and goofy — and where to go for coffee (she brews her own in her office).
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Poul provides therapy to Shelterwood’s adolescent residents. His approach includes individual therapy as well as family therapy and parental coaching, and he uses several modalities including (but not limited to) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and trauma-focused therapy. While the work he does is challenging, it is also meaningful when he sees the difference in his clients during their time in treatment. Poul’s co-workers would say that his office is very calming. But what would Poul tell you about himself? That he loves Cajun food, pottery, reading theological materials and Cornhuskers football.
Substance Abuse Counselor
Tiffany leads substance abuse recovery groups and provides individual substance abuse counseling at Shelterwood, helping kids who are at risk or struggling with addiction. And while spending time with kids in a group or a session is vital to their success, she also loves how the residential atmosphere here lets her spend time and get to know students outside of those settings. Tiffany is still in touch with her inner teen, enjoying the sports she grew up playing. So if you see her, challenge her to a little basketball, volleyball or soccer!
Substance Abuse Counselor
Recreation Therapy Coordinator
Admin Assistant to Clinical Services
At Shelterwood, we’d be lost without Sasha. From day to day, you’ll find her supporting clinical services, maintaining records, organizing events, recording meeting minutes and finding ways to enhance workplace productivity. As if that’s not enough to fill her time, she’s also our go-to for scheduling meetings. In other words, she does it all. When she’s not busy keeping all of us organized, you’ll find Sasha and her husband exploring new restaurants, going on adventures, having family game night and sitting back and relaxing with a refreshing boba tea.
Director of Brain Balance
Director of Brain Balance
Shelterwood is the nation’s first inpatient residential treatment center to offer and facilitate the Brain Balance Program® on site. This cognitive training program strengthens and improves the areas of your teen’s brain involved with cognition, regulating mood and emotions, and overall well-being.
Shelterwood has earned the Joint Commission Seal of Approval. Our licensing and accreditation for academics and therapeutic services ensure excellence, accountability, and transparency.