Mental Health Treatment in Scottsdale

Avery’s House is one of the best teen therapy centers in Arizona. We serve the Scottsdale area. We also help families in other areas of the state and nation.

We want to provide targeted mental health therapy for children and teens ages 11-18. Our treatment is an inpatient at our center.

We know that everyone is different. Avery’s House offers a variety of personalized options for therapy. We make therapy recommendations for each child and teen based on their needs. Adolescents do not fit into a mold. Therapy is the same – one general therapy will not work for everyone.

We Value Family First

Therapy can carry a stigma among teenagers. They often do not want to go for fear of peer criticism. This can lead to bottling up feelings and emotions.

At Avery’s House, we recognize the importance of supporting the whole family. Child and teen mental health can be a delicate subject. Our residential treatment in the Scottsdale area can help young people get their needed support.

Our program is accredited through The Joint Commission. We base our programs on evidence. Our goal is to help patients be at ease during their inpatient mental health treatment.

Professional and Experienced Staff

We handle every child that comes through our door with care. We have experienced professional staff who will care for each child and teen. This time can be difficult for a child, and our staff understands that.

Our staff knows how to treat each adolescent as an individual. They let them grow at their own pace in their treatment. They have many years of experience helping youth who need mental health treatment. They can offer support, compassion, and teaching to each child.

Individualized Programs

At Avery’s House, we understand that every patient has their own needs. We have found that individualized programs are the best course of treatment. This is the best way to help a person’s needs.

We offer individual therapy and group therapy. These both give the child a structured environment for their mental health treatment. There are different varieties for both of these treatment types.

Individual Child and Teen Therapy in Scottsdale

One of the best mental health treatment tools is individual therapy sessions. Your child or teen can get one-on-one attention and help from a therapist they trust. This time is crucial for their journey.

Individual therapy sessions are valuable in the mental health treatment process. This allows your child to get personal help from a child and teen psychologist. They can use one or a combination of the following treatments.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy. It is cognitive-behavioral therapy. It can help youth manage their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

The target of DBT is to instruct young people in mindfulness. It helps them learn how to focus on one thing at a time. It also aims to teach them how to develop skills for problem-solving.

DBT can help children and teens with:

  • Impulsive and disruptive behaviors
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings

Behavioral Activation (BA)

Behavioral activation (BA) is a helpful therapy for treating depression. BA works by reversing the spiral of negative mood spirals that depression can often cause in adolescents. It is a type of talk therapy.

When a child or teen has BA therapy, the psychologist can help them with:

  • Finding small activities they enjoy and add them to their life.
  • Establishing and/or improving peer connections.
  • Finding activities that interest them and help increase their mood and confidence.
  • Recognizing how their actions and feelings connect.
  • Getting parents involved, allowing for support at home.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)

Applied behavioral analysis (ABA) is a highly rated therapy for autism. It teaches skills and appropriate behaviors using reinforcements. It discourages inappropriate behaviors.

ABA is used by the child and teen therapists. They will give rewards to encourage good language, communication, and skill-building. There are a variety of methods when using ABA. Avery’s House uses these methods.

Method Definition
Pivotal Response Training Children and teens are taught how to monitor their own behaviors. They start conversations with others. They get motivated to learn more.
Discrete Trial Training Lessons are made into easy tasks. A reward is given for appropriate behavior.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that can help a child or teen connect to their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It can help identify and change flawed behaviors.

There are many advantages to CBT for adolescents. These include:

  • Improving self-esteem.
  • Improving their communication with others.
  • Helping them reduce or eliminate fears and phobias.
  • Identifying and addressing addictive and self-destructive behaviors.
  • Helping them change negative thought patterns.

Mindfulness-Based Dialectical/Cognitive Therapy (MBD/CT)

Mindfulness-based dialectical/cognitive therapy (MBD/CT) is a type of therapy that helps address emotional imbalances. Children and teens can often be overcome with emotions. Sometimes, they have a hard time managing these emotions.

MBD/CT combines mindfulness therapy and cognitive therapy. It is based on evidence and can help a variety of adolescent mental health issues, including:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse

12-Step Support Programs

The Scottsdale, Arizona, the area offers 12-Step programs for teens with substance abuse problems. These are great ways for teens to find support.

In the recovery meetings, teens can meet peers who also struggle with substance abuse addiction. They can share their stories. This helps them know that they are not the only ones, and this can help them in their recovery efforts.

Individual Family Therapy

Individual family therapy is a vital piece of child and teen therapy. Many times, mental health issues can cause problems in families. Parents need to know how to support their children and get support for themselves. At Avery’s House, we offer this as part of the treatment program.

Families can learn a lot by working with the therapist. This can include:

  • Identifying and addressing relationship problems.
  • Improving communication with each other.
  • Coping with problems.

Group Therapy

We view group therapy as another important part of a teen or child’s mental health therapy. At Avery‘s House, a psychologist administers all group therapy sessions. This helps everyone stay focused.

There are several different types of group therapy methods offered. Those include the following.

Multi-Family Support Groups

Multi-family support groups is group therapy and family therapy combined. Multiple families come together for group therapy and discuss their family issues.

These support groups help families see that they are not alone. It helps them find answers to problems and helps them look to others for support and wisdom.

This is a very helpful therapy. It can help with the following:

  • Behavioral issues
  • Sexual abuse
  • Serious mental health issues
  • Substance abuse

Group Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Group dialectical behavior therapy is not like traditional group therapy. It feels more like a class. The teens and children get taught how to interact in social settings, develop new skills, and how to be more mindful.

The children and teens do not process as a group when they go through this therapy. They take what they learn and process it individually.

Process Group

Process groups are a helpful part of adolescent therapy. The participants sit together and talk about their mental health issues. They are asked to share with the group and offer input on what their peers share.

One of the most important aspects of this therapy is trust. This can take time for young people to develop. However, once that trust is solid, they often find this a very helpful way to open up to someone else.

Commitment Group

Commitment groups can be very beneficial to teens and children. Those who struggle with anxiety can find help from this set with the following:

  1. Learning to identify and let go of the things that are out of their control, and
  2. Committing actions that will improve their lives.

Learning mindfulness is an important piece of commitment groups.


Exercise groups have shown to be helpful for a child or teen in therapy. It releases endorphins and increases serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the brain. This is the body’s way of naturally dealing with a stressor.

Exercise can be fun for children and teens. But it also helps build their trust in each other. Other advantages are:

  • Increases creativity
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves mood
  • Increases energy
  • Improves learning abilities

Mental Health Conditions Treated

At Avery’s House, we see various mental health conditions and treat them. There are many different behavioral and emotional struggles that children and teenagers have.

Residential treatment is a good way for them to get away and focus on their treatment. They can take that time to get what they need. The following are some of the conditions we help adolescents with.

Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders

Many times, mental health disorders and substance abuse are seen together. This is particularly true for teenagers. They often find it difficult to cope with a mental health problem and turn to drugs and/or alcohol. This is a co-occurring disorder.

You can find it at Avery’s House if your child needs treatment for addiction and a co-occurring disorder in the Scottsdale area. We can treat both. Doing so simultaneously will greatly increase the chances of a successful recovery.


Depression is a mood disorder that affects how your child feels, thinks, and acts. It can impact everyday activities such as how they perform in school, their appetite, sleep, and relationships.

There are many types of depression.

Type Definition
Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia) A depressed mood that has lasted for at least two years. Marked by episodes of major depression.
Psychotic Depression Severe depression paired with psychosis. Can include hallucinations and/or delusions.
Postpartum Depression After giving birth, teen moms can struggle with serious depression. Some symptoms are anxiety, extreme sadness, and exhaustion.
Bipolar Disorder A combination of extremely high and extremely low moods. The lows meet the criteria for major depression.
Seasonal Affective Disorder Depression that occurs during the winter months and usually improves in the spring. Symptoms can include weight gain, increased sleep, and social withdrawal.
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder A severe type of depression that is characterized by frequent outbursts, excessive anger, and irritability.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder A condition that affects women. It can cause severe symptoms that include depression and irritability before their menstrual periods.

Anxiety Disorders

Many teens and children suffer from an anxiety disorder. Most anxiety disorders make your child feel overwhelming fear that they cannot get away from. Anxiety can get so strong that it stops your child from performing in activities of daily living.

There are many types of anxiety disorders. They include the following.

Type Symptoms
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Chronic anxious feelings
  • Excessive worry
  • Constant tension without a real or identified cause
Panic Disorder
  • Unexpected and repeated episodes of fear
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain
Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Excessive anxiety or overwhelming fear and self-consciousness in social situations
  • It can be situational or it can pertain to simply being in public
  • Intense and irrational fears of certain people, places, events, or objects.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Continual, obsessive, unwanted thoughts
  • Can come with or without repetitive behaviors. (These can be ritualistic.)
  • Examples include checking the locks or hoarding.

ADHD or Attention Difficulties

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common diagnosis in children. It is a disorder that can last well into adulthood.

Children with ADHD often struggle with compulsive behaviors. They can be hyperactive and often have difficulty paying attention in school or other daily activities.

There are three types of ADHD:

  • Predominantly Inattentive Presentation – A child with this type has difficulty finishing tasks. They cannot stay organized, find it hard to follow directions, and do not consider important details. They get easily distracted, and their daily activities can get forgotten.
  • Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation – Children with this type of ADHD feel the need to constantly fidget. They talk excessively and may feel restless, exhibiting impulsive behaviors. They may experience more accidents or injuries than other children their age.
  • Combined Presentation – Children with this type of ADHD show signs of the previous two types.

Self-Esteem Issues

Self-esteem can already be a big problem for children and teens. Those with mental heal issues may struggle even more with self-esteem issues. Oftentimes, they:

  • Have little or no self-confidence.
  • Focus more where they fail than succeed.
  • Doubt themselves and their abilities.
  • Criticize themselves.
  • Feel as though they are not good enough.

Children and teens who work with our therapists in the Scottsdale area can find help with their self-esteem. They can receive the right therapy, and it can help them improve daily.

Mood Swings and Anger

Mood swings and angry outbursts do not have to be a normal part of a teenager’s life. It is difficult for teens and parents who have to deal with their children. Often, the child or teen does not know how to properly manage their emotions and feelings.

These issues can go away on their own as the child gets older. However, we can help your child learn how to properly manage their emotions if therapy is needed.

Difficulty with Family and Friends

Good communication and connections with friends and family are sometimes difficult for kids with mental health problems. They have a hard time telling people how they feel and may feel like people will judge them or just not like them. They also can find it hard to manage relationships, so they find it easier to stay to themself.

Therapy is a great way to help a teen learn how to communicate with family and friends. They can learn how to handle their mental health problems and how to talk about them. They can also meet other participants who can give them practical advice.

Behavioral Disorders

A behavioral disorder is when a disruptive behavior has occurred for at least six months and usually has a pattern. They can cause problems at home, school, and in social settings.

These are the three main types of behavioral disorders.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is continual patterns of defiant, hostile, and uncooperative behaviors. Oftentimes, these behaviors disrupt a child’s daily life.

Symptoms can include:

  • Speaking in a hateful or mean manner
  • Being angry often
  • Arguing excessively with those in authority
  • Behaving in an actively defiant manner
  • Refusing to comply with an adult’s requests

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)

Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) is a disorder where a child or teen has frequent outbursts that are angry and intense. They are very irritable more of the time. This is not just “adolescent moodiness.”

Symptoms may include:

  • Irritability that causes problems functioning in more than one place.
  • Behavioral or verbal outbursts that are severe. They occur three or more times a week.
  • Feeling irritable or angry most of the day, almost every day.

Conduct Disorder (CD)

Conduct disorder is when a child or teen has difficulty showing respect, following the rules, and showing empathy. They have a hard time with socially acceptable behaviors. They are often seen as bad kids, not as having mental illnesses.

Someone with conduct disorder might show the following behaviors:

  • Frequently violates rules
  • Destroys property
  • Shows aggression toward animals or people
  • Lies, steals, or shows deception in other ways.

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

Self-harming behaviors are any behavior in which a child or teen harms themself. Unfortunately, this is common among young people.

Non-suicidal self-harm can include scratching, cutting, pulling hair, scratching, and branding. These are ways for your child to deal with emotional pain.

This is dangerous and too often, young people go too far. If you see any signs of self-harm, take your child to talk to one of our psychologists to know how to handle the situation.

Suicidal Ideation and Suicidality

*Important note: If your teen talks about suicide, do not ignore it. If you think your child might be an imminent danger to themselves or others, call 911 or immediately take them to the emergency room. Act now.*

Sadly, suicide has increased among young people. They feel like there is no other way to deal with what they are feeling and going through. Sometimes, they even have people telling them that killing themself is the only way to fix their problems.

At Avery’s House, we take every suicide conversation and attempt seriously. We believe residential treatment is the best way to help young people overcome those thoughts and deal with their reasons. We want to end the trend of suicide among young people.

Bullying and Victimization

Many teens and children experience bullying in one form or another. One person does or says something to make another person uncomfortable. Sometimes, the bully may injure their target. Bullying is done on purpose, and the bully is relentless. It can cause a lot of psychological problems for the victim.

Many things can be the result of your child being bullied. They may develop depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts. Our mental health team in Scottsdale, Arizona, can help your child.


PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is extreme fear and stress after a trauma, even when one is not in danger. If your child or teen has experienced a trauma and seems to be having difficulty dealing with the event, they may have PTSD.

Many times, PTSD can come from unresolved trauma. Talking with a therapist can help bring that trauma to light and help your child get the treatment they need.

Free Resources

Free resources for families in and around Scottsdale can help teens and children.

Resource Information
Empact-Suicide Prevention Center In Maricopa County, call 480-784-1500


In other Arizona Counties, call 866-205-5229

They offer a suicide/crisis hotline, crisis debriefing, a mobile crisis team, and more.

National Alliance on Mental Health – Arizona In Phoenix, call 602-244-8166


They offer public education about mental health issues and advocacy for quality care.

Teen Lifeline In Maricopa County, call 602-248-8336


In other Arizona Counties, call 800-248-8336

They offer a suicide/crisis hotline for teens, which is also run by teens. Prevention education is also available.

Where Can I Find Child and Teen Mental Health Treatment Near Me?

Avery’s House serves your area. We are the best mental health treatment program for your child. We can help children and teens ages 11 to 18. We accept most insurance plans.

When your child is struggling with a mental health issue, it is hard for you, too. We are here for you and your child.

If you have any questions about our services, contact us today.

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