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Counseling & Therapy

Who We Can Help

Timothy Hill Academy specializes in helping boys who are struggling with anger, depression, low self-esteem, rebellion, adoption, and/or antisocial behavior brought on by trauma or unhealthy living situations. Our professional staff is trained to work with boys who have been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder), and RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder).

We are passionate about restoring troubled boys to normal lives and healthy families, that’s why we also work with parents to improve the home environment to which the boys will return. We also develop an individualized plan to prepare each boy for a successful transition back into his family and community life.

Therapy at Tennessee and New York Timothy Hill Academy

Timothy Hill Academy’s residential program includes therapy and counseling that all young boys participate in, to levels that meet their needs. Initial intake includes a comprehensive clinical overview that, paired with input from teens, families, and historical care, will help define the personalized care plan.

Teen boys who come to Timothy Hill Academy arrive with a variety of social, mental and spiritual issues that our caring, therapeutic services help address. Examples of issues that Timothy Hill has successfully addressed and cared for are: youth dealing with a trauma background and PTSD, adoption, abandonment issues, learning disabilities, oppositional defiant disorders, autism, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and borderline personality disorders.

Timothy Hill Academy uses Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), which is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma.

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Therapeutic offerings include:

  • Trauma-informed therapy (Individual, Family, Group)
  • Adoption
  • Aggression replacement
  • Self-Esteem
  • Casey Life Skills
  • Recreational Therapy, including Equine Care

Timothy Hill Academy collaborates with a variety of community partners when additional therapeutic services are required in addition to the on-site team.

Our Clinical Team

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Laura Murdocco

Timothy Hill’s Clinical Team is led by Laura Murdocco, Director of Clinical Services. Laura is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (NY) who is also a Certified Adolescent Trauma and Clinical Trauma Professional.

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Bernadette Gildea

Bernadette Gildea oversees the Managed Care department of Timothy Hill and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapy (R)

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Michelle Kelly

Michelle Kelly is a Certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychology.


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Timothy Hill Academy specializes in helping boys who are struggling with a variety of social, mental and spiritual issues.