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Navigating Adolescent Struggles in Mesa, Arizona

That sinking feeling in your gut—the one that whispers, “Something’s wrong” when your teen withdraws, is anxious, has mood swings, or is doing self-harm—is a familiar feeling for many parents in Mesa. You might be wondering, “Is residential treatment the answer?”

Signs like bloodshot eyes, frequent nosebleeds, or eating disorders can be red flags but don’t panic. We can help you determine which therapeutic modalities in residential treatment best fit your teen’s situation.

Teens often battle intense emotions (when they have mild to severe symptoms of mental ailment & substance abuse) that they can’t quite articulate. Imagine feeling a confusing mix of anger, impaired decision-making, anxiety, or irritability. This emotional storm can lead to unsafe choices and behavioral issues, leaving you worried about your teen’s future.

Sometimes, a more intensive, individualized teen treatment approach is necessary. Our Residential treatment programs offer a safe, structured environment with 24/7 support. At Nexus Teen Academy, we understand you want the best for your adolescent. Our team is here to help answer your questions confidentially and provide solutions.

Call us at (480) 485-3424 to learn more about our teen residential treatment program (licensed under the Arizona Department of Health Services) for Mesa teenagers. Our program is crafted to offer the specific support and care your teen needs right now, helping them through these tough times.

Evidence-Based Residential Therapy for Mesa Adolescents

At Nexus Teen Academy, think of us as clinical experts, not just for the teens but also for their families. The journey through the teenage years (especially between 13 to 17) can get unstable, and when things go sideways (unexpected disruptions), it’s not just the teens who feel the heat; the whole family does. That’s where we step in.

Our approach differs from what you might find in other residential treatment centers in Mesa. We don’t just offer any therapy; our acclaimed residential therapeutic program is hard to come by, especially here in Mesa. We have a team of experienced – therapists, doctors, and counselors who really know their work. They get to the bottom of (that issue) what’s bothering a teen, whether it’s anger, sadness, acting out, substance abuse, or just being unable to focus or keep their emotions in check.

They try to figure out the big “whys” behind their feelings and actions. And it’s not just about coping. We want these Mesa teenagers to start dreaming again, to see a life that’s full of happiness, meaning, and success. Part of our residential treatment program in Mesa is about putting what they learn into practice right here in the safety of our residential center.

So, at Nexus, we’re not just talking about improving things. We’re doing it, one teen at a time, helping them rewrite their stories for a happier, more successful life. Moreover, here’s a short list of teen therapy services that we provide to Mesa teens in our residential program:


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect teens who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events. It can lead to flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety.


Traumatic events in teens can cause overwhelming anxiety or distress and include experiencing, witnessing, or being confronted with physical, verbal, and emotional abuse or another event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury to oneself or someone else. When fight, flight, or freeze are triggered, the body responds to the perceived threat by sending more blood and oxygen in vital organs, which can result in increased heart rate, nausea, clammy hands, blurred vision, and/or feeling spacey to name a few trauma reactions.

Teen Self Harm

Adolescent self-harming behaviors are often a coping mechanism for teens grappling with emotional distress. Our experienced clinical team will help discover the root causes and guide your teenager in developing long-term emotional well-being and happiness strategies.


Anxiety disorders in teens can cause excessive worry and fear, impacting daily life. Our treatment strategies offer residents space to process, investigate triggers, and establish tools to manage anxiety and build resilience.

Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal ideation in teens can be scary for both the person experiencing those thoughts and their family. Beyond monitoring your teen's behavior, it is not uncommon to feel at a loss about how to support your child. Our clinical staff will provide your loved one with the compassion and care this critical situation requires.


Teen depression is a common mental health condition that can affect how your teenager thinks, acts, and behaves. While depression can occur at any age, symptoms vary between adolescents and adults. In teens, symptoms can chronic irritability, cause a lack of interest in activities and a persistent feeling of sadness

Low Self-worth

Low self-worth can hinder a teen's personal growth and ability to create secure relationships. Our program uses trauma-informed modalities to address teenager's low self-worth. We work together to help them heal those wounds, and start establishing tools to support them in creating a healthier self perception.

Mood and Behavior Disorders

Teens who are chronically acting out, demonstrating aggressive behaviors, or chronically irritable moods may be suffering from Disruptive Mood Deregulation Disorder, Dysthymia, Oppositional Defiant Disorder(s), or other Mood Disorders. At Nexus Teen Academy, teens chronically challenging authority, fighting with peers or family members, or demonstrating explosive moods will get the support they need.

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ADHD/Impulse Control

A teen with ADHD might have trouble staying on task. They may start on a project only to end up starting five others before finishing. Being easily distracted can lead to stress, anxiety, and careless mistakes at school and at home. At Nexus, inattention, restlessness, and impulsivity that continue to cause issues at home or school will be addressed.

Psychotic Disorders

Teens with psychotic disorders may experience hallucinations or delusions. We have specialized treatment plans that provide the necessary support for managing these challenges.

Personality Disorders

Personality disorders can disrupt a teen's sense of self and relationships. Learn about our therapeutic techniques to help teens navigate and conquer these complex issues.

Mood Swings & Anger

Teens often struggle with mood swings and anger issues. Find out how our programs teach teens healthy ways to express their emotions and improve interpersonal relationships.

These services are not confined to the boundaries of Mesa; we warmly welcome parents and their teens from all across Arizona, whether you’re from Alta Mesa, Las Sendas, Eastmark, Parkwood Ranch, Red Mountain Ranch, Dobson Ranch, Eastmark, Superstition Springs, Sunland Village East, Northgrove, or Mesa Grande. Together, let’s walk this path toward a brighter future. Contact us today.

teen residential treatment insurance

We Accept Most PPO and Private Health Insurance Plans

Insurance may cover up to 100% of your teenager’s treatment costs. We unfortunately don’t work with AHCCCS. You can confidentially verify your insurance benefits here online.

We work with most major insurance providers. You can confidentially check to see if your treatment is covered by insurance. Our admission experts are here to guide you through the process.

Mesa's Teen Substance Abuse Help Therapy & Counseling

It’s worthwhile for parents to approach school counselors as a starting point in Mesa. But, remember, each counselor’s ability to dive deep into issues like mental health or substance use can differ. School counselors wear many hats—they’re not just about grades and schedules.

They also guide on career paths, academic choices, admission process, and social & personal issues. So, when it comes to specialized knowledge about mental health or substance use, there might be gaps.

That is why when it comes to finding the right help for a teenager struggling with substance abuse, mental health, and other issues, we get how tough it is for families. But the journey to recovery begins with understanding the challenges and seeking professional guidance.

The first step for families in Mesa, Arizona, is to consult with a licensed teen therapist who is equipped with the knowledge and experience to navigate the complexities of teen mental health, substance abuse, and related issues. That’s why we highly recommend parents to connect with one of the following Mesa-licensed teen therapists for an initial consultation:

Mesa Teen/Adolescent Therapist License Number
Adrienne Gibson LPC-12876
Kyle Burt LAC-20495
Kelly Marley-Smith LPC-11065
Shelbi Uyehara LMSW-21275

Note: These names have been carefully verified by the Nexus Teen Academy team to ensure that you are receiving trustworthy and professional advice. Each therapist is an active licensed practitioner approved by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examineers.

Moreover, if you would like the highest level of care for your teenager, then contact us to learn more about Nexus Teen Academy’s Teen Residential Treatment Program. It’s typically a 30-60 day stay at our beautiful 9,000 sq ft house in Cave Creek, Arizona. We have a private chef and many daily activities, including therapy, group therapy, outdoor activities, and, most importantly, self-growth.

High Schools Where Your Mesa Teen Thrives

Here at Nexus Teen Academy, we deeply understand just how crucial high schools are in shaping the lives of teenagers in Mesa, Arizona. It’s more than just books and grades; it’s about growing up healthy in mind and body. That’s why we’ve compiled a thoughtful selection of Mesa high schools known for their commitment to students’ social-emotional mental wellness, including Dobson High School, Mesa High School, Red Mountain High School, and Skyline High School. These schools excel in education and provide robust support systems, where there’s no shortage of counselors. ASU has partnered with Mesa’s Public school, and has new models for counselors and services to ensure students thrive in every aspect of their lives. Furthermore, they are governed by the Mesa Unified School District (MUSD), which is known for providing a wide range of support services, including counseling.
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Dobson High School Counseling Information
Mesa High School Counseling Information
Red Mountain High School Counseling Information
Skyline High School Counseling Information

Note: In curating this list of schools, we have considered a variety of factors, including but not limited to test scores, equity, parental reviews, and school curricula. We recognize that each teen is unique, and what works for one may not suit another. Please keep in mind that Nexus Teen Academy doesn’t have any official ties with the schools we’ve mentioned.

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Recreational Centers, Clubs, Youth Development, Reading Programs, and Community Centers In Mesa, Arizona

Just like Mesa’s high schools prioritize student well-being through counseling, this city, known for its vibrant arts, is filled with a wealth of community recreational centers, clubs, and reading and literary engagement programs designed to empower teens in remarkable ways. But why these centers? Stigma and fear of society’s judgment among teens often create a barrier to seeking help. These centers offer a friendly, non-medical setting that feels more welcoming and less stigmatized than traditional therapy settings.

These centers and programs foster social interaction and support, which is crucial for teens’ mental health. Being part of a community can help teens feel less isolated (which peaks in adolescents in different kinds due to poor mental health and risky behaviors, says NIH), understand that others (peers) share their struggles (uniting them with the community), and foster a sense of belonging.

So, what are some of these great programs or centers in Mesa?

When teens participate in the programs organized by these community centers, like Alice Cooper the Rock Teen Center, and Red Mountain Center, it does more than just fill your teen’s daily schedule. It opens a treasure chest of life skills. By this, we mean real-life skills like confidence (that calms them down and keeps unnecessary arguments at bay), spirituality, a sense of purpose, coping techniques, problem-solving, clever strategies planning, resilience, teamwork, clever risk-taking, and sportsmanship that are valuable not just in overcoming current challenges but for the future as well.

Mesa Public Library

On the other hand, if teens need access to quality literature, they should visit the Mesa Public Library. Even with “everything” being available on the internet today, libraries are a quiet, calming space—and still relevant!

If teenagers in Mesa, Arizona, are more adventurous and competitive and have a passion for sports and art projects, Clubs and Programs might be the teen’s alley. Clubs and programs are more than just venues to sharpen your teens’ sports skills; they’re places designed to practice routine, consistency, and structure. It’s not just about listing different sports, art projects, physical exercise, and across Mesa. These programs are bridges to harness skills such as bouncing back from setbacks and playing fair.

These early intervention resources are key to stopping substance abuse and mental health concerns from worsening.

Find Your Teenager's Fitness Flow in Mesa

Mesa boasts a vibrant selection of gyms, dance studios, and martial arts centers, offering dynamic classes specifically designed for teens. Whether you’re looking to groove to the beat, learn self-defense techniques, or get your fitness on, there’s something for everyone. Think of it as a chance to challenge yourself physically and mentally, build confidence, and blast alongside other teens.

Note: (All of these are paid)

Mountainside Fitness

  • Address: 1253 N Greenfield Rd Mesa, Arizona 85205 Brown Rd & Greenfield Rd
  • Phone: (480) 889-1865

Planet Fitness

  • Address: 2643 E Broadway Rd Mesa, AZ 85204-1529 United States
  • Phone: (480) 219-8484

Arthur Murray Dance Center

  • Address: 3347 E Baseline Rd Gilbert, AZ 85234
  • Phone: (480) 690-2385

FACTION Combat Mixed Martial Arts Gym

  • Address: 7641 E Guadalupe Rd B103 Mesa, AZ 85212
  • Phone: (480) 359-7431

How To Get Started?

Whether your child is beginning or continuing their recovery,
getting into Nexus Academy’s Program is a simple 3-step process that starts with one outreach.

The initial phone call

Tell us your teen’s story, explore treatment options, and discuss payment options.


Confirm treatment, verify insurance coverage, and review details about what to expect.

Start Therapy

Arrive at Nexus Teen Academy, meet our staff, tour the facility, and get settled in.

Meet Our Clinical Director

Hannah graduated from Arizona State University with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona. She began her work as a therapist ten years ago in South Phoenix with an intensive outpatient program for teens and their families. In the program, she worked with teens and their families, specializing in intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, adverse childhood trauma, and other mental health concerns using group, individual, and family therapy modalities.

Hannah Carr LPC, BC-TMH

Clinical Director of
Nexus Teen Academy

Resources For Parents of Teens Facing Substance Abuse:

Helping A Teen Who is Using Drugs
Ted Talk from a parent