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Making the decision to send your child to a therapeutic program is an extremely difficult and painful decision for the parent as well as the child. Finding trust in the process may take time and expert support is needed to find the right fit for your child that will produce lasting and positive change. Vella Consulting Inc. is dedicated to finding the right solution and providing hope when traditional or current alternative paths have been unsuccessful. Continuous and carefully individualized support through the decision process is at the core of our mission as we work together to find the appropriate residential placement for your child or young adult struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorder, Mood Disorder, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, School Refusal, Failure to Launch, Substance or Alcohol Abuse, Self Harm, Trauma, Attachment and Adoption, Electronic / Gaming Addiction and others. After placement, continuous follow-up with the program / school and parents is provided to monitor progress within the program. Working as a team and advising through the treatment process is an essential component to continued success. When considering a residential program and, if needed, traveling to visit and tour therapeutic programs or Special Education schools is available in an effort to ease the stress throughout the process. As a former 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 and CSE assistance is also available for parents seeking District support. 

If your focus is a search for a traditional boarding school, Vella Consulting Inc. can assist with the search for the perfect environment which will provide the proper academic rigor for your child while immersed in a nurturing and educational world. Traditional Post Graduate programs are also available for children who may benefit from an additional year prior to their journey through the college years. 

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 Education Alternatives which include:

  • Traditional Boarding Schools
  • Therapeutic Boarding Schools
  • Wilderness Programs for Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Residential Treatment Centers
  • Traditional Post Graduate Programs
  • Therapeutic Transition Programs for Young Adults Post High School
  • Supportive Day Schools
  • Supportive Boarding Schools
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
  • Advocacy
  • Traveling with Parents to Tour Programs
  • Career & College Counseling


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.

We cannot begin to thank Lisa Vella for helping us when all others did not know what to do and had failed us. We reached out to Lisa at a time when we had lost all hope. Lisa took the time to listen to our fears and concerns empathetically. Advocacy, would be an understatement as to Lisa's involvement.

She believed in our son when others stopped believing in him and never gave up believing in him. We thank Lisa from the bottom of our hearts. All we can say is Lisa Vella is an angel sent to help our son and us as parents at the most difficult time in our lives.

- J.B. and M.B.