Nashotah program

Nashotah Program

For any teenager, high school can be a challenging period of life. It’s a time for self-discovery, creating new experiences and encountering new feelings—which can be especially trying if your child has difficulty regulating her emotions. If your high school-aged daughter has strong, unexplainable emotions, severe depression and might be at risk for self-harm, Rogers Nashotah Program may be the right place for her. 

For motivated high school girls up to age 18, this program can address severe:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Difficulties in emotional regulation
  • Disordered eating

At the Nashotah Program, your child is immersed in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to effectively reduce your child’s symptoms. With these skills, your daughter can improve her personal safety, relationships, self-esteem, quality of life and resilience — all within our validating environment, where she is safe to explore change, express her genuine emotions and learn to accept her thoughts and feelings. 

Nashotah is a female name for “twin” in the Potawatomi Native American language. Your daughter may struggle with dual, conflicting thoughts, both of which she values. With our focus on DBT, we help your daughter accept she’s doing the best she can, while acknowledging she still can try harder and make healthy changes. Open since 2014, our outcomes are demonstrating the impact of our evidence-based approach to care. 

At Rogers, we understand if you are considering the Nashotah Program, your daughter needs the intensive level of care only available in a residential setting. While here, your daughter will live on campus at Rogers’ Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, location, in a comfortable, homelike setting. 

In this level of care, we can reduce your daughter’s the safety risks associated with her emotional dysregulation and work with her to gain skills and knowledge that will help lessen her risk of developing depression, personality disorders and other more severe symptoms later in life. A typical stay lasts 60 to 90 days. 

In addition to medical management, your daughter will receive 30 hours per week of skills training, group therapy, DBT-based experiential therapy and more within an individualized treatment plan. 

Immersion in DBT 

Led by a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, your child’s dedicated team of professionals are trained in the Linehan Institute’s model of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).  In conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and behavioral activation (BA), these DBT skills serve as a foundation of care. Here you will build distress tolerance, improve emotional regulation, maintain safety, and learn non-judgmental personal acceptance and mindfulness in managing life’s challenges. Other elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, including prolonged exposure, may be part of your individualized treatment plan. 

Other components of care at Nashotah include:

Here’s what an average weekday in the Nashotah program is like:


Morning Afternoon Evening
Vital/weights; medications Supervised lunch Supervised dinner
Supervised breakfast Education services Therapy assignments; schoolwork
Daily goals group Physical activity Recreation
DBT skills group Experiential therapy DBT/CBT skills study
Group therapy   Phone time, family time
    Evening wrap-up group

Nashotah staff

At the Nashotah Program, staff members work closely together using a strengths-based, DBT-informed approach, which gives your daughter accountability for making real change in her life. Her experienced, multidisciplinary team is ready to offer her the guidance she’s looking for.

The entire clinical team is engaged in ongoing training in DBT therapy by Behavioral Tech, LLC, an internationally recognized training organization under the direction of Dr. Marsha Linehan, PhD. Staff participate in a weekly DBT consultation group, which ensures your child receives effective and compassionate care throughout her treatment stay. 

Members of the treatment team may include:

  • Board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists
  • Licensed clinical psychologists
  • Pediatric, family practice and internal medicine physicians
  • Registered psychiatric nurses
  • Registered dietitians
  • Master’s level social workers/counselors
  • Therapeutic specialists
  • Experiential therapists
  • Art therapists
  • Certified teachers
  • Child and adolescent-trained residential counselors


Lisa Herpolsheimer

Clinical Services Manager, Nashotah Program

Lisa Herpolsheimer, LCSW, DBTC, is manager of the Nashotah program, and is responsible for oversight of its daily operations and the clinical supervision of the staff. She is also a DBT- and CBT-trained therapist and co-leads the weekly DBT consultation group, which is designed to support staff in being effective and compassionate as they deliver direct care to residents.

Lisa has been with Rogers since 2012, most recently as a primary therapist for children and adolescents in the Child and Adolescent programs. She is passionate about helping the Nashotah Program’s residents and their families improve their quality of life by learning new ways to better manage emotions, thoughts, behaviors and relationships.

Nashotah setting and tour

The Nashotah Program is part of our residential services located on the more than 50 acres within a wooded and lakeside setting in the lake country of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. The 12-bed facility is found on an updated wing of the main building. A soothing color scheme, inspiring photography on the walls and comforting décor create a homelike setting which includes semi-private bedrooms, group rooms and welcoming lounge area. The campus grounds feature walking trails, a ropes challenge course, labyrinth and a multipurpose and indoor experiential therapy buildings as an extension of programming.  



Day Room

Day Room

Central Gathering Space

Day Room


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