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VELLA CONSULTING, INC. IS DEDICATED to finding the right solution for you and your child to provide hope when traditional or current alternative paths have not been successful. Continuous support, carefully individualized care and coaching through the process is our mission so we can work together to find the right therapeutic placement for your child or young adult struggling with emotional dysregulation, psychiatric disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, substance abuse or self harm. When considering a program and if needed, traveling to visit/tour therapeutic and/or Special Education schools and programs is available in an effort to ease the stress through the process. As a parent of a child in a therapeutic program, I understand the importance of alleviating and assisting throughout the process to lend a hand for a peaceful transition. In addition, advocacy, CSE, IEP and 504 assistance is also provided for parents seeking support through their District as well as collaborating with teachers to implement classroom management strategies and adequate lesson planning differentiation to support children with special needs.

Lisa Vella has worked for over 25 years in the Educational Field with the NYC Public School System as a former Secondary School teacher as well as a Middle School Dean of Students in Jackson Heights, Queens.  She also held a District 75 NYC Regional Position as a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Coach with additional training in Life Space Crisis Intervention and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.

In addition, Lisa has worked with the NYC Committee on Special Education on observations, evaluations and assessments to determine IEP eligibility and services, Behavior Intervention Plans and Functional Behavior Assessments to meet appropriate behavioral needs of students with challenges. Lisa holds a Professional Degree in Administration and Supervision of Schools: Educational Leadership and Administration.

Member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, The Independent Educational Consultants Association, and The Therapeutic Consulting Association.


Therapeutic and Special Education Alternatives which include:
  • Therapeutic Boarding Schools
  • Wilderness Programs for Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Residential Treatment Centers
  • Transition Programs for Young Adults Post High School
  • Supportive Day Schools
  • Supportive Boarding Schools
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
  • Advocacy
  • Coaching
  • Traveling with Parents to Tour Programs


Lisa is one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated professionals in the educational consulting field. She accompanied us on school visits and assisted us with every step of the application process. Her style is equal parts compassionate coach, cheerleader, and organizational guru. We found a great placement for our son, where he is looking forward to continuing his education in September. Failure is not an option when you work with Lisa!

— Parent Lisa assisted with school placement

Lisa went above and beyond during a very stressful time in our lives. She guided us during every step of the process in finding a therapeutic boarding school for our daughter. Lisa not only provided us with information regarding schools and planning but was also very understanding of the situation and was so personable, making us feel confident in our decision to work with her. Top notch!!!

— B.C.