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About Muir Wood Adolescent And Family Services

The most comprehensive adolescent substance use and mental health treatment available

Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services is a residential treatment program designed specifically for teens ages 12-17 suffering from mental health and substance abuse conditions. We operate two residential treatment campuses in Sonoma, California. In these safe, comfortable, and structured environments, our compassionate clinicians help teen teens explore and process sensitive issues and learn to manage mental health and substance use disorders. The Muir Wood milieu helps teens build strong peer relationships essential in early recovery, many of which blossom into enduring friendships.

Making the highest-quality integrated treatment available to everyone

Muir Wood is among the highest-quality specialized teen treatment providers of its kind. The program fills a crucial need by making exceptional specialized adolescent mental healthcare available to the vast majority of families in need. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Muir Wood is an in-network provider for Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, and Kaiser. Muir Wood is also certified as a private school by California’s Department of Education, and we provide teen academic support so your child never falls behind in their studies during their stay with us. The program employs some of the most experienced licensed professionals in the nation and utilizes a wide array of evidence-based medical and clinical therapies. Our full-time psychiatrist and nursing team significantly increases the program’s ability to accurately assess client conditions, adapt treatment plans, and manage medications.

Founders Message for Teen Mental Health

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 delivered by experienced, compassionate professionals. 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.

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Our Residential Treatment Programs

While the term “Muir Wood teen rehab” is often used to describe our program, we believe that the term “rehab” is dated and perpetuates negative connotations and stigma about the important and intensive integrated treatment that saves and improves the lives of teens. Muir Wood helps clients and loved ones navigate challenging mental health conditions, understand and process trauma and other underlying issues, and live successfully in an increasingly complex and alienating world. 

Our work is all about facilitating and guiding self-change, proactive health management, and personal growth. We do that through our experienced, licensed staff, which emphasizes kindness and compassion over confrontation and control. Our care program integrates teen individual therapy, adolescent psychiatry, nursing, multiple psychotherapies, experiential therapy, and private schooling to achieve positive outcomes. 

We create meaningful rapport and trust-based relationships with our clients to best understand and address their needs. And to help ensure ongoing progress, we connect clients to quality continuing-care providers and resources.

The role of families is central to the Muir Wood program, and family participation is highly encouraged and supported. Family education, counseling, and therapy are provided as part of the treatment program. 

Muir Wood is the culmination of Founder & CEO Scott Sowle’s personal and professional experiences. Scott worked closely for decades with mental health and substance abuse programs and became an advocate for the underserved. He saw the need for a program dedicated to teens and families in northern California, and in 2013 founded Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services.

Our Mission And Purpose

From its inception, Muir Wood rehab center has made compassion and integrity the cornerstones of our objective to help teens and their families overcome mental challenges. We embrace innovation, and our methods are ever evolving with these constantly changing times. Nonetheless, empathy and kindness have always been, and always will be our guiding narrative when assisting our clients grow, improve and live full, healthy lives.

Our purpose is to be of service to our clients and the community.  We consistently aim to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change and we are vigilant in transforming lives for the better.  At Muir Wood, we know our youth are the future of California, our nation and even the world.  We take this knowledge seriously.  Therefore, we use every resource available to uplift, heal, and encourage teens to grow into adults who flourish and succeed in the world today, and far into the future. 

Our Therapy Methods

Muir Wood treatment is highly individualized. We accept a small number of teens in our program which gives us the luxury of devoting singular, personalized attention to each child. We believe in treating teens in their entirety – not just “fixing” the symptoms.  Our approach has proven to be highly effective as we tend to a myriad of mental health conditions. From low self esteem, and teen personality disorder treatment, to addressing substance use disorders and their underlying causes.

Because we believe every child is different, we extend a variety of different therapies. We combine compassion and clinical expertise to evaluate each child. Based on our findings, we can provide therapies such as:

  • Experiential Therapy: This is a method engaging in creative activities such as art, crafts, music and animal care to facilitate expression and connection. Our experiential therapies have proven to augment self-esteem, and provide teens a sense of accomplishment.
  • Adventure Therapy: Muir Wood is extremely fortunate to be surrounded by pristine, natural beauty inherent to the Sonoma, Northern California region.  As such, we can offer teens exhilarating and healing adventure therapies which include invigorating hikes, thrilling horseback riding, obstacle courses, and more – all under safe supervision. Adventure therapy instills a sense of belonging in teens as well as helps them enhance skills such as problem-solving, communication, leadership, and healthy social interaction. 
  • Fitness: Mental wellness is not one-dimensional.  We believe that the body must be nurtured in order to achieve balance and mental stability.  That is why we provide teens with healthy fitness activities such as cardio workouts or weight lifting. We also invite our teens to utilize the nearby Petaluma gym which has work out equipment and a gymnasium.
  • Nutrition:  Many of our teens struggle with body dysmorphia which manifests into unhealthy relationships with food.  With this in mind, we have an on-site chef who thoughtfully prepares food so your child is nourished from the inside out.  Furthermore, we believe that a healthy brain needs healthy fuel to run properly.  This is why we take every effort to provide teens with exceptionally high-quality meals that are tasty too.
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT): We offer this therapy primarily for the treatment of opioid addictions.  Medicines are used in conjunction with psychotherapy sessions as a way to stabilize and support clients through full recovery from opioid addiction.
  • Psychiatry and Medication Management: Our knowledgeable psychopharmacologist and experienced medical doctors on staff prefer to avoid medical therapy. However, in some cases, medicines are a valid solution to aid teens through recovery.  Our medical team closely evaluates and monitors each client to ensure the prescribed medicines are manifesting positive results.  Furthermore, all patients on medication management programs do so in tandem with other therapies such as cognitive therapy, family-based therapy, and one-on-one psychiatric sessions.
  • Psychotherapy: The most common, and often most effective Muir Wood treatment is through our result-focused psychotherapy sessions.  Teens are provided with individual sessions where they can learn vital coping skills and mindfulness-based practices through psychotherapy.  Group therapy is also offered which has proven to be successful in building communication skills and offers social support for teens who may otherwise feel isolated in their mental struggles.
  • 12-Step Program:  Muir Wood teens are actively involved in the 12-step method, because it has proven to provide structure, social support and is an effective guide for teens living in an increasingly challenging world. Working the steps with peers allows our teens to gain control over chaotic situations, as well as improves self-esteem and communication skills.

Why Choose Muir Wood?

Why Parents Choose Muir Wood

As a parent or guardian for your teen, we know you want the best help for your child.  We also know that you have choices.  That’s why we consistently make every effort to provide families and their teens with the best possible treatment, care and support.  

Muir Wood is uniquely qualified to effectively treat mental health issues because we have hyper-focused in a specialized niche.  To explain, we only treat teenagers, and each of our campuses is gender-segregated (all boys or all girls).  We also accept only limited numbers of clients, making each session small, and specialized.  

Combine this with our quality caregiving team, welcoming environment, and multiple treatment options – and Muir Wood is the clear choice for your teen’s long-term recovery.  You don’t have to take our word for it. Our Muir Wood reviews speak for themselves, as we consistently receive positive feedback about how our programs have transformed lives for the better.

Get Started Today at Muir Wood

Making the choice to seek treatment for your teen is not a light one.  We understand this can be a daunting, challenging process, and we are here to help every step of the way.  Rest assured that when you choose Muir Wood adolescent and family services, you are partnering with a nationally recognized leader in teen mental health treatment.  

Beyond that, we care. Let us show you how your teen and your family can live enriched, purposeful, fulfilling lives. Call to speak with a team member about why Muir Wood is the best choice for your child’s long-term recovery and mental wellness.

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