Teen Mental Health in Mesa

For adolescents 11-18 years old

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Avery’s House is a top child and teen mental health treatment center that serves the Mesa area. We provide services to families across Arizona as well as across the nation. Avery’s House is a residential treatment facility near Mesa where children and teens ages 11-18 work with specialized professionals, including child psychologists. Avery’s House works with children, teens, and their families to address mental health, addiction, and behavioral health issues. Avery’s House creates a unique treatment program for each child that meets their individual needs. Reach out to us today for free and confidential support. We are here to help.

Families are the Foundation of our Work

At Avery’s House, we support the entire family during treatment, not just the patient.

Research has shown that involving the family in therapy when a youth is struggling is highly effective. Our program is structured to teach strategies and tools that can be used at home even after treatment ends.

A residential treatment center like Avery’s House provides a consistent, structured program of therapy that allows adolescents to thrive. Our program of therapy is accredited by the Joint Commission. If you live in the Mesa area, we encourage families to visit weekly and engage in our family therapy sessions.

Experienced, Professional Staff

Children have different needs developmentally compared to adults. They see the world through a different lens. At Avery’s House, we understand this. Our staff has extensive experience working with this age group and is sensitive to their challenges.

We have a variety of trained, professional staff, including licensed therapists, social workers, and child psychologists. You can have peace of mind knowing your child is in the care of people who specialize in helping children and teens.

We invite you to view our staff’s profiles and come in to see our facility. We are proud of the quality of care we provide and are happy to show you around.

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Maintaining Education During Therapy

Although your child may need to leave his or her school to receive therapy, that does not mean their education stops.

Avery’s House coordinates with school districts in the Mesa area to ensure continued education for your child. If your child no longer wishes to be enrolled or the school cannot meet our requirements, we provide an online program through Brightmount Academy.

We value your child’s education. Our staff works to support their academic growth while in therapy and provides skills that can be used to be more successful in the classroom when your child returns.

Individualized Treatment Programs

At Avery’s House, we know that treatment plans tailored to an individual work best. We offer a variety of therapeutic modalities to support your child’s mental, physical, and emotional health.

After our professionals design a treatment plan for your child, we will review it with you. During treatment, we will revise the plan based on progress and provide you with regular updates along the way. Here are some things you can expect your child to experience while in our care.

Individual Therapy Sessions

Individual therapy sessions address the root causes of behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. These sessions provide one-on-one time with a teen psychologist for your child to discuss their situation.

These individual sessions provide a safe, confidential opportunity for teens to share their challenges and learn strategies to overcome them. There are two types of individual therapies used in our program.

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavior therapy is one of the most common and effective therapies.  Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

During CBT, the goal is to identify your negative thoughts and attitudes so they can be changed. Negative thought patterns can be replaced with healthier, positive ones.

CBT can be used to treat conditions like depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy is a type of cognitive behavior therapy. It was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals but has been applied to other conditions. It is slightly different from CBT because it stresses mindfulness and emotional regulation.

It focuses on how to be present at the moment and react appropriately in social situations.

In DBT, there is less emphasis on changing one’s thoughts and more on accepting where you are in the current moment.

DBT can equip your child with the skills of how to communicate in a healthier way and manage conflicts more effectively.

It is shown to be effective at treating teens experiencing suicidal thoughts.

DBT is often applied during group sessions, so skills can be actively practiced with others.

Group and Family Therapy Sessions

Group therapy sessions are an essential part of our treatment program. Group therapy can validate the feelings of your teen. During these therapist-led sessions, your child will interact with others who are facing similar challenges as themselves.

Our staff will ensure that there is a safe environment to share openly. Group therapy sessions promote positive communication skills and self-confidence.

At Avery’s House, we also encourage families to participate in therapy. You may participate through either option if you are in the Mesa area.

One option is one-on-one family sessions where families can meet virtually with a therapist. This is encouraged to allow family members to resolve conflicts, rebuild relationships, and learn strategies to support their child’s recovery.

There is also a family support group. This group meets weekly and is available to all families with children in the facility.

These meetings are held virtually and are led by one of our staff therapists. During these group sessions, families can receive support from others experiencing similar challenges to their own.

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Experiential Therapies

Beyond traditional psychotherapy, at Avery’s House, we offer alternative therapies that support our residents’ overall well-being.

These experiential therapies complement our traditional therapies and provide an engaging program for children and teens.

Yoga is well known to reduce stress, promote calmness, and provide another venue for group healing. Breathing techniques learned during yoga therapy can be used in everyday life.

Art therapy improves overall mood, helps process traumatic events, and provides an opportunity for healthy self-expression. Producing art can support a person in developing self-esteem and self-awareness.

Music therapy is another experiential therapy that research has shown supports positive communication and social skills.

Alternative therapies like these are structured activities that provide recreational time and a therapeutic benefit to your child.

Medication Management

If your child is currently on medication to manage their condition, our staff will carefully monitor its administration to be sure that the dosing is accurate and effective.

If your child is not on medication, we may recommend appropriate prescriptions alongside therapy.

Our medical staff evaluates each child individually and will make appropriate recommendations. Many children do not require any medication and progress with therapy alone.

Mental Health Conditions We Treat

Avery’s House offers residential treatment programs for adolescents in the Mesa area suffering from various mental health conditions. Almost one in five US teens suffers from a serious mental health disorder.

If you do not yet have a diagnosis, that is okay. We treat children and teens struggling with the following conditions.

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Depression in teens is a common mood disorder. In 2020, nearly 12% of all teens (12-17) had at least one major depressive episode. Meanwhile, it is also estimated that only 41% of those individuals received treatment for their depression.

Depression can alter how your child thinks and behaves, causing them to be unable to carry out everyday responsibilities. You may notice a lack of interest in things your child once enjoyed. Depression can also manifest as disruptions in sleeping or eating.

Females are almost twice as likely to experience depression compared to males.

Unfortunately, depression can also occur simultaneously with other mental health conditions. Depression can lead to suicidal thoughts if left untreated.

Substance Use Disorders and Addiction

The statistics are staggering. By the time teens are high school seniors:

  • 70% will have tried alcohol
  • 50% will have taken an illegal drug
  • Nearly 40 percent will have smoked a cigarette
  • More than 20 percent will have used a prescription drug for a nonmedical purpose

Teenage brains are susceptible to substance abuse disorders since they are not yet fully developed. If a pattern of repeated use develops, it can interfere with achievement at school, and social relationships and even cause other mental health conditions.

At Avery’s House, we seek to address the root causes of substance abuse and stop it from progressing to addiction.

Drugs commonly abused by teens include alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, painkillers, prescription drugs, cough syrup, and heroin.

Drug use at a young age can increase the likelihood of developing a substance abuse disorder later in life. Reach out to Avery’s House for help to prevent this before it progresses.

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Anxiety Disorders

According to recent data, a whopping 31.9% of adolescents suffer from an anxiety disorder.

There are several types of anxiety disorders that the pandemic may have worsened:

  • Panic disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Specific phobia
  • Social anxiety disorder (social phobia)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Separation Anxiety disorder

These can result in extreme fear and worry that can translate to physical symptoms.

These types of disorders can prevent your child from carrying out daily activities. They can also cause symptoms like headaches, stomach aches, and pain throughout the body.

ADHD or Attention Difficulties

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms can appear as early as 3 years old and continue into adulthood.

For some, symptoms mainly relate to attention, while for others, symptoms may be related to hyperactivity. ADHD may prevent your child from achieving at school and impact social relationships.

Symptom Type Examples
  • In constant motion
  • Cannot stay seated
  • Talks too much
  • Easily distracted during work or play
  • Is disorganized
  • Frequently loses or forgets things
  • Acts without thinking
  • Has trouble taking turns
  • Interrupts frequently

There are many FDA-approved medications available to help manage the symptoms of ADHD and effective strategies to improve everyday life. Avery’s House is experienced in caring for children diagnosed with ADHD.

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Self-Esteem Issues

Low self-esteem is a thought disorder where a child views themselves as incompetent or inadequate. In recent years, increased social media usage has contributed to lower self-esteem.

Social media can create unrealistic expectations that teens try to live up to. If they feel they are falling short, they may have a negative view of themselves.

Low self-esteem can lead to depression, substance abuse, or eating disorders.

Mood Swings and Anger

Teens being angry, irritable, or mean is not uncommon. Parents in Mesa, Arizona, know that dealing with any teen can be challenging at times.

It may be hard to know when behavior is abnormal. If your child is chronically angry or irritable nearly all day every day, professional help may be considered.

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation is a relatively new diagnosis for children and teens who experience intense, constant irritability and emotional outbursts.

This type of disorder may disrupt your child’s ability to function during school or at home.

Suicidal and Self-Harm Thoughts

Any signs or mention of self-harm should be taken very seriously, and a child psychologist should be consulted. Suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death for teens.

In children, thoughts of suicide or self-harm are usually accompanied by at least one other mental health condition like depression or anxiety.

There are certain risk factors to be aware of that may increase an individual’s likelihood of thinking about suicide:

  • Bullying
  • Exposure to violence
  • Access to firearms
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Aggressive behavior

For some teens, suicide may be viewed as a solution to a problem like pressure to succeed, feelings of stress, or even dealing with losing a loved one.

If you witness warning signs like changes in eating or sleeping habits, a preoccupation with death, or sustained sadness, contact Avery’s House immediately for support.

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Bullying and Victimization

20% of US adolescents report that they have experienced bullying at school. Almost as many have experienced cyberbullying online.

Bullying can cause anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. All states have laws against bullying due to its potential to be so damaging to a child.

Avery’s House can help your child heal from a traumatic bullying experience and develop healthy strategies to strengthen their coping mechanisms.


Post-traumatic stress disorder is often underdiagnosed in children. Recent studies have shown that up to 68% of all US children have been exposed to at least one traumatic event.

Some common events that lead to PTSD in children:

  • Witnessing domestic violence
  • Being the victim of sexual abuse
  • Traumatic car accidents
  • Death of a loved one

In children, PTSD can result in an extreme reaction if the child is reminded of the event. They also may display avoidance of talking about the event. PTSD is treatable and should not be ignored.

Other Conditions

Avery’s House works hard to support families dealing with various mental health issues. We do not work with teens with aggressive or violent behavior, extreme substance abuse with a criminal background, severe sexual dysfunction, or any other extreme diagnosis.

As always, we encourage you to speak with one of our admissions representatives to discuss your child’s unique circumstances.

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The Cost of Mental Health Treatment in the Mesa Area

Residential facilities like Avery’s House offers the most intensive type of treatment program there is to offer. We provide round-the-clock care and a full time program of therapy.

In recent years, legislation has been passed requiring insurance companies to provide mental health treatment coverage to subscribers. Insurance benefits can reduce or eliminate your out-of-pocket costs for treatment.

Our admissions representatives work with your insurance company to verify your benefits. We accept most insurance plans.

If you don’t have health insurance, we can help to find financial assistance or work to establish a payment plan that fits your budget.

Financial restrictions should not hinder the child’s care they need.

Our 3-Step Admissions Process

Avery’s House offers a free, confidential phone call that is the first step to seeking help. During this call, our caring admissions representatives will gather information and ask questions about your child’s history.

After this call, our staff will verify your insurance coverage. Some insurance plans may cover 100% of costs.

After insurance verification, we will provide you and your child with all the information you need to prepare for your stay at Avery’s House. We aim to make the process quick and easy, answering all of your questions along the way.

Additional Resources Near Mesa, Arizona

The State of Arizona has many resources near Mesa for families with children and teens faced with mental health issues.

Resource Name Description
Catholic Social Services In Mesa, call 480-964-8771.

Offers prevention education to the community.

Arizona Adolescent Health Coalition In Mesa, call 602-265-9686.

Provides talks with teens about depression and suicide. Also provides training for adults working with teens.

Arizona Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI Arizona) In Mesa, call 602-264-2255.

A community based organization providing a variety of resources for the classroom and counseling groups.

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The Best Child and Teen Mental Health Therapy in Mesa

Avery’s House is one of the most comprehensive residential treatment programs in your area. We specialize in providing therapeutic services to adolescents 11-18.

Our accredited program combines a variety of modalities to enhance the well-being of every child we welcome.

Our trained, professional staff are experienced in treating a variety of mental and behavioral health issues, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Mood Swings and Anger
  • Suicidal and Self-Harm Thoughts
  • Bullying and Victimization
  • PTSD

Our facility, program, and staff all cater to the needs of the adolescent age group. We are proud to offer multiple types of therapy that support our patients’ emotional, physical, and mental health.

Rest assured, we work closely with local school districts in Mesa to ensure your child’s education is not disrupted. We provide an alternative academic program if we cannot work with your district for whatever reason.

Our child psychologists use traditional psychotherapy approaches like Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Based Therapy (DBT) in individual and group settings. These research-based methods are highly effective in treating teens with mental health issues.

Group therapy and activities promote positive communication and help your child to feel that they are not alone in their struggles.

We are proud to provide a wide range of experiential therapies to complement our traditional therapies. We offer art, music, and yoga-based therapies to fully address the whole child.

These evidence-based activities help promote overall well-being and provide another opportunity for social interaction.

We stress the involvement of parents and families during therapy and include you every step of the way. You can expect regular updates from our staff and have multiple opportunities to be an active participant in your child’s experience.


Avery's House promotes healing and growth through the work of our team and the excellence of our program.


Josh Lemieux – Admissions

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Taking the First Step

If you are just beginning your search for help, call us for free, confidential support. We can help guide you and answer your questions. Taking the first step is always the hardest part.

Avery’s House can contact your insurance carrier for you to verify your coverage and reduce your out-of-pocket expenses.

Avery’s House is proud to partner with families from Mesa and beyond to provide outstanding treatment for children and teens struggling with mental health issues. We are happy to share testimonials from families like yours who have successfully gone through our program.

Contact us today to start the process of getting your child back to feeling their best.

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