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eva carlston reviewsThe Eva Carlston Academy in Salt Lake City focuses on helping teen girls who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. It can be a heartbreaking and difficult task to help them discover how to look at themselves positively and step forward in their lives with confidence. You want to help them break away from the habits and thoughts that lead them to unhappy situations (or worse), but you don’t know how to help them yourself.

We help troubled teen girls understand their thoughts and feelings through professional and regular therapy, while providing the girls the opportunity to gain new life skills, develop positive relationships, and complete their education. Every aspect of our program is done with the goal of helping them discover the inner strength and beauty that they already possess, but haven’t yet become familiar with themselves.

This is our passion. And, we believe that the reviews of our program are consistent with that passion. Read some of the reviews that our former students and their families have written about the program at Eva Carlston Academy, and then call us to get more information on our program.

Mindy Young
21:40 09 Oct 19
As Development Director at Equality Utah, Utah's LGBTQ advocacy organization, we have partnered with Eva Carlston Academy for several years, now. Their leadership team, staff and students are very involved in the Salt Lake community and wonderful to work with. We are grateful for their support and the work that they do for others!
Lyle MacLennan
19:10 04 Sep 19
I remember the concerns and wonder I had as a parent evaluating Eva Carlson for my daughter. After experiencing their incredible process for the last 13 months, I can share that you will be so glad you chose this place. It has made such a positve difference for me, my daugher, and my entire family. Please trust this team. They are truly professional, skilled and very caring. I found they also delivered as promised even though it was very hard for my child in the beginning you must stick with it and your lives will be forever better as a result of a great choice.
steve m
02:28 03 Sep 19
Our daughter attended Eva Carlston for one year and we could not be happier with the experience. Its a challenging program, with a lot of structure. So much so, that frankly we were initially concerned it might be too difficult or “more than what she needs”. It turned out to be perfectly suited. We found it to be an incredibly thoughtful and well-designed program, run by experienced staff that were professional throughout, while also caring and understanding. It helped rebuild our daughters confidence in a safe environment, with measured milestones, and enabled her to achieve a level of maturity and self-awareness previously unknown to us. While academic support and advancement opportunities are adequate, there is a greater emphasis on therapeutic work. This includes significant work on the dynamics around family relationships and the difficult life experiences that over years have accumulated and contributed to the challenges of the present time. Admittedly hesitant at first, we ultimately fully bought in to the program’s ethos and committed the time and energy required to do the family work that was asked of each of us, alongside our daughter’s experience. We feel incredibly fortunate to have overcome our initial fears and taken that leap of faith. It has been rewarded with a newfound relationship with our daughter on a more genuine, healthy, honest and sustainable basis than we could have ever imagined.
Thomas T
17:38 07 Aug 19
If your daughter is struggling at home and you need an alternative environment for her, look no further. Eva provides a highly structured environment in the feeling of a home. Each house has 16-18 girls with more staff, teachers, and counselors than you can believe. It provides the feeling of a second family for your daughter while she gets the help she needs. The counselors are tremendous and the weekly reward system is a perfect behavioral approach while your daughter explores her underlying issues. The head of the academy (Kristi) continually sets the tone for the school and, as a result, the staff is highly engaged and kind. Eva Carlston does a great job of keeping your daughter on track academically while she works on her challenges.Although the therapeutic approach is constant and permeates all aspects of the program, Eva does a great job allowing the girls to have a somewhat normal life--they are engaged in so many different events activities in the community. We worried that this would be like an institutionalization of our daughter, but the reality is so much better because of the constant engagement of her in normal activities, including shopping, cooking, socializing, and exploring the many local cultural activities and the majesty of Utah's natural treasures. You will see bad reviews of every one of these types of schools (which was so frustrating while in the midst of an ongoing family crisis), but Eva is as good as it gets. If you have any doubts, just visit and you will see this place is very different from the other large, impersonal places with disengaged staff. Our daughter was in two other programs, and Eva really impresses in comparison.I'm so grateful for the year my daughter spent at Eva turning around her life! Our family has been completely transformed as a result.
Thomas T
17:38 07 Aug 19
If your daughter is struggling at home and you need an alternative environment for her, look no further. Eva provides a highly structured environment in the feeling of a home. Each house has 16-18 girls with more staff, teachers, and counselors than you can believe. It provides the feeling of a second family for your daughter while she gets the help she needs. The counselors are tremendous and the weekly reward system is a perfect behavioral approach while your daughter explores her underlying issues. The head of the academy (Kristi) continually sets the tone for the school and, as a result, the staff is highly engaged and kind. Eva Carlston does a great job of keeping your daughter on track academically while she works on her challenges.Although the therapeutic approach is constant and permeates all aspects of the program, Eva does a great job allowing the girls to have a somewhat normal life--they are engaged in so many different events activities in the community. We worried that this would be like an institutionalization of our daughter, but the reality is so much better because of the constant engagement of her in normal activities, including shopping, cooking, socializing, and exploring the many local cultural activities and the majesty of Utah's natural treasures. You will see bad reviews of every one of these types of schools (which was so frustrating while in the midst of an ongoing family crisis), but Eva is as good as it gets. If you have any doubts, just visit and you will see this place is very different from the other large, impersonal places with disengaged staff. Our daughter was in two other programs, and Eva really impresses in comparison.I'm so grateful for the year my daughter spent at Eva turning around her life! Our family has been completely transformed as a result.
Amy Marsh
13:37 21 May 19
Outstanding program. Note I did not say easy. Turning the care of my daughter over to Eva Carlston was one of the hardest and very best decisions I have ever made. In just over 12 months, she completed the therapeutic program and received her high school school diploma. My daughter was sent away because a lifetime of interventions had all failed and she was spiraling toward disaster. Today, she cares about who she is and where she is going, and has the emotional and logistical tools to make it happen. Our relationship is stronger than it has been in many years. Hard to ask for more than that. I would make the same choice in a heartbeat.If you are considering sending your daughter to Eva Carlston Academy, more details would likely be welcome. It is my intent to provide a more in-depth review. In the meantime though, I hope my overall sentiment is helpful.
Becky Makous
23:05 18 May 19
I attended Eva Carlston Academy in 2011 as a student. It was difficult work but ultimately very satisfying, and I learned a lot about myself, and about the world, in ways that help me to this day. The therapist I had was incredible and I feel very grateful for the individualized treatment plan I received. The family teachers are dedicated and often very caring souls. I am grateful for my time at Eva Carlston.
Becky Makous
23:05 18 May 19
I attended Eva Carlston Academy in 2011 as a student. It was difficult work but ultimately very satisfying, and I learned a lot about myself, and about the world, in ways that help me to this day. The therapist I had was incredible and I feel very grateful for the individualized treatment plan I received. The family teachers are dedicated and often very caring souls. I am grateful for my time at Eva Carlston.
Marianna Voorhees
17:42 23 Mar 19
Eva Carlston Academy was the best thing that happened to our daughter and our family. They are caring, nurturing and teach the students to respond to daily routines using the old fashioned style of giving consequences and earning privileges. Our daughter made remarkable changes in her due time that was needed. They worked with her by having patience and empathy. They are very caring and the the therapists are outstanding and know how to read when the student is truthful. They get to the root of the problem. The school at ECA is excellent and my daughter actually loved the classes and learned to love reading. She has responded well to the art classes especially. The Art teacher has brought out a side to my daughter that we did not know she had. We appreciate everything Kristi and her team has done. five stars all the way!
Jodi Mead Kilroy
21:35 20 Mar 19
I highly recommend this school. The directors and managers do an excellent job of leading their team to empower struggling young women and girls. Our daughter entered Eva Carlston January 2018 and graduated March 2019 with her high school diploma. I can’t say enough about the high quality of all aspects the program – this includes therapy, academics, milieu and outside activities. Before Eva were desperate for help with our “troubled teen” and it seemed as though nothing was working. At Eva: her therapist was compassionate and understanding of her feelings while holding her accountable for her actions; group therapy showed her that she is not alone in her feelings; she learned how to participate and connect with her peers in a healthy manner in the milieu ; she learned how to work through frustration in school positively and calmly, and not give up.Our journey is not over but our family now has the tools for a positive future.
Emma Lubben
22:40 22 Feb 19
Eva Carlston completely changed my life. I attended Eva almost 3 years ago, after going through Wilderness therapy twice as well as a co-ed therapeautic boarding school which I found to be even more detrimental to my therapeautic process. Upon coming to Eva I was in a terrible place and did not want to grow as a person. The family teachers, my therapist, the directors, and the other girls there helped encourage me to want to get better, and I can honestly say that I would not be in nearly the same emotional state I am now without these beautiful relationships I developed. I still talk to the other girls that were there to this day, almost 3 years after I graduated. This program is run much better than the other programs I had attended, and creates a sense of safety in a very scary time for most of the girls there. I would not trade my experience here for the world, and would do it over again if I had a chance to change my life. Absolutely everyone can benefit from this program. Eva Carlston gave me my life back, and I am excited to go back and intern there this summer because I truly want to give back for what they have done for me.
Frederick Houston
18:49 02 Jan 19
Kristi and her entire team are committed to helping their students. They have created a great environment in which the girls can heal as they find their voices. Lexi, our daughter’s therapist is terrific. She was totally invested in helping our daughter. Placing a child in residential care is a very difficult decision no matter the circumstances. Eva Carlston was absolutely the best place for our daughter and for our family. We are very thankful.
Ellen Weber
15:21 18 Oct 18
I can't say enough positive things about this program. We explored several programs after a wilderness intervention and Eva was by far our top choice. Living in beautiful houses outside of Salt Lake City and having the opportunity to experience cultural and sporting events nearby, this was an ideal environment for our daughter. We felt she was in great hands, with terrific therapists and in an environment that was conducive to positive change.
Tim Brown
14:56 19 Sep 18
As a community partner I've had numerous very positive experience with Eva Carlston girls who have volunteered in many capacities. Recently I was impressed with the poise and good common sense demonstrated by a few welcoming guests to an event. As often happens, guests had some unique questions and the girls did a great job providing good answers when they knew the answer, and finding help when they didn't know the answer. Simple, but a skill that not all have. Other notable achievements include one of the girls receiving Volunteer of the Month. From what I've seen, this program is having a positive impact on participants and the community.
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