Who We Treat

The Muir Wood boys’ residential treatment program provides specialized care for boys 12-17 struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, attachment-based issues, self-harm, anger management, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and dual-diagnosis conditions (a substance use disorder coupled with an underlying mental health diagnosis).

While Muir Wood is the first treatment experience for many boys, others may have been enrolled in outpatient, residential, or wilderness programs or received individual therapy or psychiatry before arriving. Whether clients are new to mental healthcare or experienced with it, our goal is to provide individualized, dynamic, and impactful treatment in a gender-specific setting that is safe, nurturing, and effective. Muir Wood’s gender-specific setting helps boys feel more comfortable being emotionally vulnerable and expressive during treatment and removes the distraction of the opposite sex. 

Muir Wood is a place of hope and healing where boys and their parents find a common voice. The guiding philosophy of our boys’ residential program emphasizes kindness and compassion over confrontation and control. A unique setting where boys feel valued, safe, and engaged in the treatment process.  

Scott Sowle, Muir Wood Founder

Many parents consider finding the right treatment program to be one of their most important and most overwhelming decisions. While every boy and family’s needs differ, it is generally advisable for parents to choose a program that provides gender-separate care, is highly credentialed, and tailors individualized programming to the needs of clients and families.

Recognized nationally as a gold-standard of care, Muir Wood adheres to the rigorous ethical principles and good practice standards set forth by the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Providers. Read our Parents’ Guide to Selecting a Program to learn more about Muir Wood’s adherence to the highest quality standards of care.

Muir Wood strives to empower boys to develop healthier coping skills to ensure that they will remain successful after their stay, remain committed to their recovery, and be able to address issues that may confront them as young adults.