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Making the decision to send your child to a boarding school or therapeutic program is an extremely difficult decision. Finding trust in the process may take time and expert support is needed to find the right fit that will produce lasting and positive change. Lisa Vella is an Educational and Therapeutic Consultant 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 placement for your child struggling with: 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorder
  • Mood Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Learning Disabilities
  • School Refusal
  • Failure to Launch
  • Substance or Alcohol Abuse
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Comorbidity
  • Self Harm
  • Trauma
  • Attachment and Adoption
  • Transgender Youth
  • Electronic / Gaming Addiction
  • and others

After placement, continuous follow-up with the treatment program / school and parents is provided to monitor progress within the program. Working as a liaison between you and the program 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 programs or Special Education schools is available in an effort to ease the stress throughout the process. As a former parent of a teen 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 Committee on Special Education (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 began working, over 25 years ago,  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, National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs Education Committee, National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs Annual Conference Planning Committee, Professional Member of The Independent Educational Consultants Association, The Independent Educational Consultants Association Therapeutic Committee, The Therapeutic Consulting Association, The Small Boarding School Association and The Association of Boarding Schools.


Therapeutic and Education Alternatives which include:

  • Traditional Boarding Schools
  • Therapeutic Boarding Schools
  • Wilderness Programs for Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Residential Treatment Centers (all ages)
  • Traditional Post Graduate Programs
  • Therapeutic Transition Programs for Young Adults Post High School
  • Supportive Day Schools
  • Supportive Boarding Schools
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Programs (all ages)
  • 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.

As you get to know Lisa Vella, you will realize that she possesses all the qualities that a person helping you help your child should have. She is extremely knowledgeable, fiercely intelligent, and sincerely caring and kind. Lisa will listen to you. She will get to know who your child is so that she can figure out what your child needs. And Lisa will advocate for you in every way. I felt expertly guided through what can easily be an overwhelming process. Because Lisa is so competent and compassionate, I had total trust in my decisions. I am forever grateful for the help Lisa provided during a trying period for my family. We are thrilled by the progress my son has been making since he was placed in his new school.

Parent Lisa assisted with residential placement


  • Please Contact Lisa Vella
  • Vella Consulting Inc.
  • 938 Port Washington Boulevard  Suite #4A
  • Port Washington, NY 11050