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Treating teen mental health and substance use disorders. Trusted by parents and professionals. Emphasizing kindness and compassion over confrontation and control.

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Teen mental health and substance abuse issues can be overwhelming. Take heart. The compassionate, experienced professionals at Muir Wood can help. The guiding philosophy of our program emphasizes kindness and compassion over confrontation and control. At Muir Wood, we provide the highest-quality care available, creating a setting where teens and families feel valued and engaged. Accredited by the Joint Commission, recognized as a gold standard, and in-network with leading insurers such as Kaiser Permanente, Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna and Cigna, Muir Wood makes exceptional adolescent mental healthcare accessible.

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Exceptional, Accessible Care

Adolescent mental health disorders are complicated conditions that affect every aspect of teen life and identity. Successfully treating these disorders requires comprehensive and coordinated care. Providing this level of care requires significant time, resources, and support. Muir Wood was founded on the mission to make exceptional care available to more families by being an in-network provider.

Accreditations and Affiliations

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The Joint Commission

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NATSAP

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ASAM

Accrediting Commission for Schoolss

WASC

Member of NAATP

NAATP

Muir Wood is in-network with these providers.

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Founder’s Message

What Parents Are Saying

Teen mental health by the Numbers

Multiple challenges to adolescent mental health

56%
56% Increase in Suicides among people 10 – 24 from 2007 – 2017

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

31%
31% of Teens Experience Anxiety Disorders

National Insititute of Mental Health

52%
52% increase in major depression among young people 2008 – 2107

American Psychological Association

75%
75% of Muir Wood teens go on to attend college

2014-18 Muir Wood Outcomes Analysis

96%
96% of admitted teens complete our program

2014-18 Muir Wood Outcomes Analysis

85%
85% of parents would refer our program to a friend or family member

2014-18 Muir Wood Outcomes Analysis

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Why Parents Choose Muir Wood

Center of Excellence

Nationally recognized as a leader in teen treatment, Muir Wood strives to be the center of excellence for the practice and advancement of adolescent mental healthcare. Our use of evidence-based practices, training of the next generation of specialized care providers, and our multidisciplinary treatment approach allow Muir Wood to provide the highest-quality care available.

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Integrated psychiatry

Full-time psychiatry offers multiple advantages to patients. Muir Wood’s psychiatrists are able to dedicate significant time with each client to better assess problems and progress and to optimize the use of medications if necessary.

USF practicum

Muir Wood is an accepted practicum program for University of San Francisco medical students. Here, interns are supervised by experienced psychiatrists, therapists, and nurses to gain crucial skills that make high-quality care available to more families.

We’re Here to Help You

Taking your call is our calling

We work with parents, family members, and professionals every day to find appropriate mental healthcare for adolescents and teens. We know how scary and intimidating these conditions can be for families and our goal is to help families start to feel better by getting the care they need. It is our privilege to speak with you.

Warm Welcome from Scott and Kia
My goal for Muir Wood has always been to create a setting that emphasizes kindness and compassion over confrontation and control. A program that promotes sustainable, life-long connections by providing teens and their parents an idyllic location coupled with caring, dedicated and highly qualified professionals who partner with families to find more effective ways to communicate and begin the process of healing.”
– Scott Sowle, Muir Wood Founder

17% of high school students reported in 2017 that they had thought seriously about attempting suicide

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

32% of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder

National Institutes of Health

24% of teens report being bullied at school

US Dept. Justice

Common Teen Mental Health Challenges

Helping teens manage their world

Insights

The field of adolescent mental healthcare is dynamic. Challenges to teen mental health and treatment options are evolving. As front-line responders, Muir Wood clinicians are acutely aware of the multifaceted nature of adolescent mental health disorders and the complexity of the underlying factors that contribute to their development and perpetuation.

Muir Wood News

THE VAPING EPIDEMIC AMONG AMERICA’S TEENS

Teen vaping — the use of e-cigarettes, or vapes, among teens, has become so widespread and so troubling that the Food and Drug Administration has started to take drastic action to counter the trend. Last September, the FDA ordered five brands—Juul, Vuse, MarkTen, blu e-cigs, and Logic—to submit plans to address teen use of their…

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CALIFORNIA’S PROBLEMATIC CANNABIS COMMERCIALIZATION

The legalization of recreational marijuana use in California has set off an advertising boom on billboards across the state. They promise “Cannabis, the California Way!” and try to suggest that marijuana can help Californians say goodbye to stress or “get rid of pesky hangovers.” Another billboard promises “unrivaled potency” while asking users to “medicate responsibly.”…

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addressing a crucial need

Advancing adolescent health

Successfully treating teen mental health requires a holistic approach that addresses the underlying causes of self-destructive behaviors. Only when these underlying issues are identified and treated can there be positive change and sustainable healing.

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Muir Wood addresses the entire family system. Family therapy and parental involvement are integral to our program.
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