Teens at Muir Wood enjoy game night

Primary Mental Health Residential Treatment for Teen Boys

Effective Trauma-Informed Mental Health Care

Located in Petaluma, CA, and better known as our Thompson Ranch Program, the trauma-informed Primary Mental Health Teen Treatment Program at Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Service serves adolescent boys, ages 12-17. When delivering Trauma Informed Care (TIC), the treatment team strives to understand the teen’s full life experiences so that they can provide treatment that is effective and appropriate to the teen’s unique situation. Ideally, Trauma Informed Care (TIC) reduces the negative effects of past trauma, should any exist, while avoiding practices that could inadvertently re-traumatize the teen. At Muir Wood, this approach is guided by the following principles:

  • Acknowledgement that trauma, when and if diagnosed, can adversely affects teens
  • A comprehensive understanding of the signs of trauma in teens is essential
  • Providing a treatment environment that can effectively address trauma is critical
  • Treatment practices that can re-traumatize the teen are avoided

Our Primary Mental Health Teen Treatment Program for boys, stands separate and distinct from our Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Programs for boys, located throughout California, that address the co-occurrence of mental health and substance use disorders. Our Thompson Ranch program focuses strictly on addressing mental health issues.

Certified, Licensed, and Accredited

The Primary Mental Health Teen Treatment Program at Muir Wood is accredited by The Joint Commission, considered by many professionals to be the “gold standard” in healthcare program accreditation. It is also certified by the California Department of Health Care Services, licensed by the California Department of Social Services, and verified by Psychology Today as a trusted teen treatment provider. The program is staffed by a highly credentialed team of therapists, supported by full-time psychiatrists and nurses.

Understanding Challenges Unique to Teen Boys

In today’s world, the mental health of teen girls is commonly prioritized over that of boys. This, along with the stigma associated with a boy seeking help, presents a formidable barrier to treatment. In many cases, mental health issues in young boys often manifest themselves as they mature, leading to more serious mental health issues, and oftentimes substance use. Not unlike teen girls, boys are adversely affected by social media, bullying, relationships, peer pressure, physical and emotional abuse, and more. Teen boys are uniquely challenged with issues that include feeling pressure to conform to societal ideals of masculinity, emotional expression and vulnerability, pressure to take unnecessary risks, academic achievement, and more. Not addressing these issues now can lead to a teen boy growing into an unhealthy, unhappy, and unproductive young man later. Our Primary Mental Health Teen Treatment Program for boys specializes in treating generalized and social anxiety, panic disorders, depression, mood and personality disorders, as well as trauma and PTSD.

A Comprehensive Therapeutic Approach

Muir Wood uses a mix of evidence-based treatment modalities that include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Seeking Safety Therapy, a approach that helps teens with trauma and PTSD heal
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), in which teen acquire skills that help them stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their emotions

Other modalities such as art therapy, music therapy, breath work, health and physical education, equine therapy (where available), and trauma-informed movement groups are offered. Additionally, our approach is grounded in the intersection of all identities, histories, and lived experiences of teens and their unique family systems.

An Individualized Approach

No two individuals or families are exactly alike. Therefore, they need individualized support to thrive. We provide person-centered care that focuses on meeting our young clients where they are. Treatment planning reflects the collaborative efforts of the client and their treatment team. The treatment plans take into consideration the individual teen’s strengths, needs, abilities, preferences, and goals for treatment.

On-Campus Learning Programs Keep Teens Current with Home Schools

Our Primary Mental Health Teen Treatment Program features the Muir Wood Learning Center which is recognized by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as a supplemental learning program. Teens attend this on-campus learning program 5-days-per-week and are guided by credentialed single- and multiple-subject teachers. The program allows teens to maintain continuity with their home schools ensuring a smooth transition back to the classroom post-treatment.

All the Comforts of Home — and Then Some

We believe that our beautiful, spacious, and comfortable environments enhance the treatment experience. Our second-to-none home-like settings are supervised round-the-clock by a trained staff, and provide ample amenities and expansive outdoor space that aid in the healing process.

Muir Wood is committed to meeting the need for high-quality, in-network mental health care for adolescents and their families. For information on our Primary Mental Health Treatment Program for teen boys, call our admissions counselors now at 866-705-0828.

See our Boys Primary Mental Treatment Campus in Petaluma, CA