Montana Academy Welcomes New Young Women’s Therapist: Haylee Maynard, MA, MS, LMFT
Originally from Sacramento, Haylee Maynard received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from California State University. With a strong interest in trauma work, Haylee applied to graduate schools around the world, ultimately obtaining a Master’s of Science in War & Psychiatry from King’s College in London. After her time in London, Haylee returned to the states and obtained a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University in Sacramento. Haylee’s experience in the mental health field has spanned the last decade and Haylee has worked in a variety of contexts with children, adolescents, and adults.
Haylee is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist and uses other modalities including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to build skills while managing symptoms. Haylee works well with young women experiencing anxiety, depression and suicidality as well as those who have experienced trauma. Haylee has a strong ability to develop therapeutic rapport and provides a safe space for students to creatively express their thoughts, feelings, and process their histories.
Haylee sees adolescence as a time of opportunity and vulnerability and her approach looks at the biological, social, cognitive and emotional changes that occur during this time. Haylee takes into consideration the latest research in adolescent neuro-development, trauma, attachment, and the brain-body connection to guide therapy with students.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Haylee observes particular symptoms as an adaptation to a student’s family system. Haylee believes that using a strength-based approach in therapy helps families notice what is working for them while continuing to grow their assets. Haylee comments: “Families are so critical to the healing process of trauma. I utilize families to help process the past and find ways to connect and heal in the present and future.”
Haylee is excited to be a part of Montana Academy for the collaboration and sense of community. She believes that the surrounding environment and access to the natural world is grounding for the staff and students and looks forward to working with young women and their families.
Established in 1997, Montana Academy is a non-profit, co-educational, therapeutic boarding school located in Northwest Montana. The leadership and staff at Montana Academy bring more than 175 combined years of cumulative experience to students and their families. Montana Academy’s approach places character development at the heart of its developmental model in helping young men and women mature. Montana Academy’s community is one that combines an array of therapeutics, college-preparatory academics, and a robust offering of experiential and skill-building programmatic opportunities.