Teen Mental Health in Tucson

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 Tucson area. We provide help to families across the state of Arizona as well as nationwide. Avery’s House is a residential treatment facility near Tucson, Arizona, where children and teens work with specialized professionals, including child psychologists. Avery’s House works with children ages 11-18 and their families to address mental health, addiction, and behavioral health issues. Each child has a unique situation and will receive an individualized treatment plan. Avery’s House offers free and confidential support to families looking for help.

A Family-Centered Approach

Having a child that is struggling with mental health issues can cause conflict and stress in family relationships.

At Avery’s House, we support the entire family during the process and teach strategies that can be used at home after the program ends.

Our program is accredited through the Joint Commission. Residential treatment centers like Avery’s House provide an adolescent structure and consistency. If you are in the Tucson, Arizona area, we encourage a weekly visit from family members and participation in family therapy sessions.

Experienced Professionals

Children are different from adults and have unique treatment needs. Avery’s House understands that. Our professional, caring staff are experienced in working with adolescents.

Our highly specialized behavioral professionals work with your child to evaluate, diagnose and stabilize various mental health issues. You can rest assured that your child is in good hands and will receive the care they need.

We welcome you to review our staff profiles and schedule a facility tour for added peace of mind.

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Educational Continuity

Many parents may be concerned about missing school, but being in therapy does not mean education stops.

Avery’s House makes every effort to coordinate with schools in the Tucson, Arizona, area to provide an appropriate educational experience alongside treatment. If the school does not cooperate or meet our requirements, your child will be enrolled in Brightmount Academy for learning online.

Academics are valued in our program, and our staff works to provide support to students to build the skills necessary to be successful when they return to their classrooms.

Individualized Treatment Programs

We believe customized treatment plans the best address an individual child’s needs. We offer various therapeutic services to support your child’s mental, physical, and emotional health.

Each treatment plan is carefully designed by our professionals and reviewed regularly. It will include a wide range of modalities.

Individual Therapy Sessions

As part of our comprehensive adolescent behavioral health program, individual therapy seeks to address the root causes of behaviors. These sessions provide one-on-one therapy with a trusted teen psychologist.

The goal of these sessions is to provide a safe, confidential environment for teens to explore their challenges and learn new skills to manage those challenges. During these sessions, any one of the following strategies may be used.

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

This type of therapy focuses on the relationship between thoughts and feelings. Cognitive behavior therapy is one of the most popular therapy types used to help struggling teens.

Cognitive behavior therapy seeks to change patterns in behavior by replacing unhelpful thoughts with new ways of thinking. It helps to identify challenges and address their causes using tools and strategies.

CBT is commonly used to address issues like depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy is a type of cognitive behavior therapy but slightly different. It stresses mindfulness and emotional regulation. It is focused on developing healthy ways to cope with stress and improve relationships with people.

In DBT, there is less emphasis on changing one’s thoughts than CBT.

DBT can equip your child with the knowledge of how to communicate in a healthy way and develop conflict resolution skills.

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

DBT can also be used in a group setting to practice interacting with others.

Group and Family Therapy Sessions

Group therapy sessions are an essential part of our treatment program. Group therapy allows for social interaction between teens.

These sessions are led by trained therapists and allow teens to see others facing similar challenges. Our staff ensures a safe, welcoming environment to share personal thoughts and feelings.

At Avery’s House, we also invite families to participate in therapy. There are two opportunities to do so.

One is a virtual one-on-one family session where families can meet with a therapist. This is encouraged to allow family members to process their thoughts and feelings. It also helps families to learn strategies to support the recovery of their children.

The other option we provide is a family support group. Similar to group therapy for the individual, there is a weekly support group for the family.

These meetings are held virtually and offer the opportunity to connect with other families going through similar challenges. These meetings are led by one of our trained therapists.

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Experiential Therapies

Beyond traditional methods of treatment, we offer activities and therapies that support the child’s overall well-being.

We offer yoga therapy, art therapy, music therapy, and community-based activities that promote a sense of belonging and boost self-esteem.

Yoga has been shown to improve overall mood, reduce stress and provide an environment for group healing. Breathing techniques promote calmness and can be used outside of the program.

Art therapy can reduce anxiety in children, improve self-esteem and self-awareness, and help process stressful or traumatic events.

Music therapy provides another creative outlet that has increased communication, social skills, and joy.

Non-traditional therapies provide structured, beneficial activities for our teens in our center.

Medication Management

Oftentimes, medication plays a role in adolescent mental healthcare. Medications may be used to manage patients in crisis or over a longer period of time.

Managing and adjusting medications as needed is an important part of a treatment program. Avery’s House monitors the mental state of your child to ensure the right balance of medication and intervention.

Some patients may not need medication and can improve with therapy alone.

Mental Health Conditions Treated

Avery’s House offers residential treatment programs to address many teen mental health conditions. Our mental health professionals will work to evaluate, identify and stabilize your child’s conditions.

We assist teens struggling with any of the following conditions.


Depression in teens is a  very common mood disorder that may alter how your child thinks and cause them to withdraw from what they once enjoyed. It may become known to you through a change in daily habits.

Depression is more common in young females compared to males.

Depression can sometimes occur alongside other disorders like substance abuse.

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Substance Use Disorders and Addiction

Children with substance use disorders may have other mental health disorders like depression. They may also be more likely to have a history of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.

At Avery’s House, we address the physical addiction and the underlying mental factors that contributed to the substance abuse.

Teens commonly abuse:

  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Painkillers and prescription drugs
  • Heroine
  • DXM (cough syrup)

Anxiety Disorders

A teen with an anxiety disorder may experience excessive fears or worries. These fears can sometimes translate to physical symptoms like stomach aches, headaches, or even pain throughout the body.

The pandemic may have increased anxiety disorders in children and teens.

Studies suggest that school avoidance from anxiety increases in middle school and high school.

ADHD or Attention Difficulties

Your child may have ADHD, even if undiagnosed, if they have difficulty concentrating and display hyperactive behavior.

ADHD is usually diagnosed in elementary but can be discovered later due to the increased demands of middle school and secondary education.

ADHD poses a challenge for teens to function socially and perform academically and may put stress on home life.

Self-Esteem Issues

Low self-esteem is a  thought disorder where a child may view himself or herself as inadequate or incompetent. These patterns of thinking extend to all aspects of the child’s life.

Self-esteem issues can stem from negative peers, trauma, or even body image. Sometimes, low self-esteem may cause a child to engage in harmful behaviors like skipping meals.

If left untreated, teens can develop eating disorders. Some studies suggest that the rate of eating disorders has doubled in teens due to the pandemic.

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Mood Swings and Anger

Teens are notoriously moody, but if your teen is experiencing emotional outbursts, there may be an underlying mental health issue.

If these outbursts start to cause issues with friends, family, or teachers, professional help may be considered.

Several disorders can cause anger, irritability, and aggression in teens.

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) Characterized by an angry mood along with defiant behavior that lasts six months or more
Conduct disorder (CD) Suspected when behavior consistently violates the rights of others, such as bullying and stealing
Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) Distinguished by angry outbursts that frequently happen, along with a depressed mood the majority of the time

Suicidal and Self-Harm Thoughts

If your teen shares any signs of self-harm or suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately.

The suicide death rate for teens and young adults has increased steadily over the past two decades.

Other diagnosed mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or substance abuse can increase a teen’s risk of suicidal thoughts. Other factors like having experienced bullying or other trauma like physical abuse can also increase a teen’s risk.

If your child has expressed the following, do not delay seeking help.

  • Talking about or making plans for suicide
  • Feeling hopeless about the future
  • Expressing overwhelming emotional pain or stress
  • Dramatic changes in behavior like withdrawal or extreme anger

Evidence of self-harm is also a cause for concern. Teens engaging in branding, cutting, scratching, excessive piercings, or any other form of intentional harm to one’s tissue may be experiencing serious underlying mental issues.

A child psychologist near Tucson, Arizona, will be needed to identify the causes of self-injury.

Bullying and Victimization

In the digital age, bullying and victimization are extremely common, with 1 in 5 children reporting they have been bullied at school. Some studies suggest that bullying makes girls twice as likely to be victimized.

Bullying can lead to depression and low self-esteem. If your child is being bullied, it can also cause anxiety.

All states have anti-bullying legislation. Contact Avery’s House for free and confidential support.


Post-traumatic stress disorder can manifest in children slightly differently compared to adults. They may relive the event over and over in play and be constantly looking for possible threats.

They may show signs of sleep disturbances or have general irritability. A child may become very upset if reminded of the event by a trigger.

Examples of events that cause PTSD in children:

  • Car accidents
  • Natural or manmade disasters
  • Death or illness of an immediate family member
  • Being a victim of violence
  • Sexual abuse

Avery’s House supports families experiencing a wide range of mental health issues, is important to note that 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.

Speak with one of our admissions representatives to discuss your child’s unique situation.

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Cost of Mental Health Treatment

Residential treatment centers provide around-the-clock care, as well as a full program of therapy. Many parents may be concerned that the cost of treatment will be out of their budget.

Avery’s House works with your insurance company to determine coverage. Laws require all insurance companies to offer some level of coverage for mental health. Some insurance plans may even cover 100% of costs.

We accept most insurance plans and will work with you to verify your insurance coverage.

If you do not have insurance, we will work with you to connect you to state-level funding when available. We also can set up a payment plan that works with your budget.

At Avery’s House, we believe that finances should not prevent anyone from receiving the care that they need.

Admissions Process

Our knowledgeable, friendly team is ready to help you get started. The first step in the admissions process is a call to our admissions representatives. We are here to understand your child’s needs.

Rest assured, this call is free, confidential, and comes with no obligation to move forward with Avery’s House.

The representative will note a detailed history of your child, including any previous mental health diagnosis, family dynamics, or relevant behavioral information.

Based on this information, the representative will advise if our facility is a good match and what types of therapies would best suit your child.

Next, we can work with you to verify your insurance coverage and discuss financial assistance options if needed.

The third step is to prepare for your child’s arrival. A staff member will connect with you to ensure a smooth transition into our facility. We will be there every step to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Step 1: Initial Phone Call Step 2: Insurance Verification Step 3: Welcome to Avery’s House
During your initial phone call, we will discuss your child and go over relevant history. Our admissions representatives will answer your questions and guide you through the process. We verify your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses. We accept most insurance plans and work hard to fit the cost of treatment into your family’s budget. Our staff welcomes your child to our facility with information about how to prepare and what to expect, making it a seamless transition for the patient and family.
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Resources Near Tucson

The State of Arizona has multiple resources for families with children and teens facing mental health issues.

Resource Name Description
First Family Interfaith Resource Based in Tucson, call 520-577-1685.

Faith-based organization offering a crisis hotline.

Cottonwood De Tucson In Tucson, call 520-743-0411. Private organization offering 12-Step adolescent-specific help.
SAMHC Behavioral Health Services In Tucson, call 520-622-6000. Offers community-wide crisis support including phone counseling services.
National Alliance on Mental Health – Arizona In Tucson, call 602-244-8166.

NAMI offers mental health support services for families.

University of Arizona Counseling and Psychological Services In Tucson, call 520-621-3334.

A school-based program providing one-on-one and group counseling.

Intermountain Centers for Human Development In Tucson, call 520-721-1887

A community-based organization providing classroom services as well as one-on-one and group counseling.

Teen Therapy in Tucson, Arizona

Avery’s House provides one of the most comprehensive treatment programs in your area. Our residential facility provides a supportive, welcoming environment for your child or teen.

As mentioned, our program caters to adolescents ages 11-18 and creates treatment plans to address each individual’s needs. Our professionals regularly review your child’s progress and adjust the plan.

We work with families to ensure all of the families are involved in treatment and can support the patient’s recovery. We repair family conflicts and strive to equip everyone with the tools and strategies they need to be successful even after leaving our center.

Teen emotions and problems can be complex, often involving multiple issues. Our trained, professional staff has a great deal of experience working with this age group.

We have experience working with 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
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It can be overwhelming for a parent to know where to turn when their child is struggling, but we are here to help.

Our representatives are available for a free, no-obligation, confidential phone consultation. We can answer your questions and provide support. We will verify your insurance coverage for you, removing the stress of worrying about one more thing.

Our treatment program offers various modalities to address patients’ physical, emotional, and mental well-being. These multifaceted approaches to wellness are more successful than any singular therapy method.

Avery’s House uses traditional psychotherapy approaches such as Cognitive Based Therapy and Dialectical Based Therapy. These effective therapies help patients explore their thoughts and emotions and address the root causes of their behaviors. We offer group therapy sessions to allow teens to connect with others experiencing similar problems.

Beyond traditional types of therapies, we offer alternative types of therapies in the arts, music as well as yoga therapy. These therapies support a patient’s overall well-being, and their success is supported by research.

If your child requires medication, we can manage and monitor prescriptions to ensure they are dosed properly and are effective.

Sometimes, entering a treatment program can disrupt a child’s education. At Avery’s House, we work closely with local school districts in the Tucson, Arizona, area to minimize disruption to the child’s education. We also offer access to online instruction if the teen cannot stay enrolled at school.


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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The First Step

The first step in getting help for your child is making a phone call. The beginning is the hardest part, but we will guide you through every step. You are not alone, and we are here to help.

After our initial phone call, we will verify your insurance and be ready to welcome your teen or child on his or her journey back to wellness.

It can feel overwhelming to undertake a life-changing decision for your child, and we understand.

Reach out to us today, and we will help you get your child back to feeling their best.

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