Solstice East

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls located in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

Specializing in trauma, loss and attachment issues, the foundation of Solstice East lies in relationship-based treatment—emphasizing high levels of family intervention, emotional safety, healthy boundaries, and a phase program based on the archetypal hero’s journey.

Because many trauma survivors also suffer from comorbid anxiety, mood disorders, low self-esteem, addictions and other unhealthy coping mechanisms, Solstice East provides state-of-the art treatment for all of these issues.

Each week our students receive individual/family therapy and a minimum of six hours of group therapy and experiential interventions.  Solstice East emphasizes physical fitness and nutrition—including daily workouts as well as healthy foods and nutrition classes.

Recognized by the state of North Carolina as a certified non-public school, our academic classes are taught in a conventional classroom setting by certified secondary education and special education teachers.

Implementing all of the aforementioned services in an owner-operated setting, Solstice East facilitates each student’s journey away from being a victim of her traumatic experiences towards becoming the hero of her own life story.


I came to Solstice East struggling with relationships because of trust issues. Solstice East helped me let my guard down and trust people.

Allison, 16 Solstice East
AllisonAge 16


Phone: (828) 484 – 9928



City: Weaverville, North Carolina

Closest Airport: Asheville Regional Airport


Average Duration:  9 -12 months.

Who we Help: Girls between the ages of 14-18.

Student Profile:

  • Trauma
  • Grief & Loss
  • Adoption & Attachment Issues
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Low Self-esteem

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A Residential Treatment Center for Girls 14-17
  • Danielle Andrews
    Danielle Andrews
    Executive Director - Solstice East
Danielle Andrews
Executive Director - Solstice East

Danielle Andrews, MA, LCMHC, CFTP. Before pursuing her passion for helping people move forward in their life journey, Danielle Andrews began her career in the business sector, gathering over a decade of experience. During this time, she worked in the Chicago suburb’s corporate landscape specializing in effective mediation strategies, labor and employee relations, leadership development, collective bargaining, and employment law. As she climbed the corporate ladder, Danielle realized that her role became less about relationships and working with people and more about blueprint conflict resolution and policy. She decided to go back to school to add on to her bachelor’s in psychology. In 2010, she received her masters in counseling (LCMHC) from Naropa University in Boulder, CO, with a concentration in wilderness therapy. Her studies brought her to Western North Carolina, where she became a primary therapist for a young adult recovery program specializing in addiction, trauma, and PTSD. From here, Danielle accepted a position to develop an aftercare program for Solstice East graduates and their families, one of the first programs of its kind. In 2015, Danielle joined Solstice East full time as its first Aftercare Specialist. Since then, she has helped hundreds of families on their path to transitioning home.

Danielle has astutely combined her experience in conflict resolution, systemic change management, and counseling, among other areas of knowledge, into enthusiastically working with adolescents and their families. In 2020, Danielle became the Director of Transitional Services for Solstice East and its sister program Journey Home East. Beyond her expertise in post-treatment aftercare, Danielle also specializes in addiction, anxiety and depression, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder, and attachment issues. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, Somatic Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She is Certified as a Family Trauma Professional (CFTP).

When she’s not providing support for students at Solstice East and Journey Home East, Danielle can be found enjoying outdoor activities like mountain biking, snowboarding, and tennis, or visiting with friends and family. She is an avid learner and continues to seek fulfillment through personal growth and education. One of her favorite pastimes is sipping tea on her front porch in the company of her rescue dogs.

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