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Navigating Adolescent Struggles in Tempe, Arizona

As a parent, you dream of seeing your teenager blossom into a happy, confident young adult. However sometimes, life throws curveballs, and you might worry about their mental well-being.

The truth is that many teens face challenges like mood swings, having bloodshot eyes, frequent nosebleeds, getting bullied, doing self-harm, getting anxious, eating disorders, poor hygiene, lack of motivation, or emotional outbursts. Feeling overwhelmed and wondering if you have done something wrong is completely normal. We assure you that you are not alone here at Nexus Teen Academy.

Our team at Nexus Teen Academy, comprised of experienced clinical therapists and counselors, deeply empathizes with the rollercoaster of emotions that come with raising a teenager in Tempe. We have witnessed firsthand how these struggles can impact the entire family, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

At Nexus Teen Academy, we understand that every teenager is unique. We offer a comprehensive residential treatment program tailored specifically for teenagers aged [13-17] in Tempe. We begin by working closely with you and your teen to create a personalized assessment of their needs. Then, we utilize proven, evidence-based treatment methods to equip them with healthy coping skills and emotional regulation strategies.

The best part? Our residential program does not stop with your teen. We believe in the power of family support. We offer therapy sessions designed to help you understand your teen’s journey and learn ways to communicate effectively. This holistic approach fosters healing and empowers families to move forward with hope and resilience.

If you notice any changes or symptoms in your teen’s mood, sleep patterns, or behavior, please do not hesitate to call us at (480) 485-3424 to learn more about our therapeutic modalities, which include cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and family therapy. These modalities are part of our evidence-based residential treatment program (verified by the Arizona Department of Health Services) for Tempe, Arizona teenagers. Talking openly and supportively is a great first step.

Trapped in Silence: Why Tempe Teens Need Help, Now

At Nexus Teen Academy, we want to create a welcoming space where teenagers in Tempe can heal, families can grow closer, and everyone feels like part of a big, wonderful family. “Nexus” is not just our name; we promise to be a connecting point for support, learning, and unity.


Nurturing empowerment


Enhancing individual potential


X-traordinary support system


United as a community


Safe space for understanding

These services are not confined to the boundaries of Tempe; we warmly welcome parents and their teens from all across Arizona. Whether you are from Alta Mira, Camelot Village, The Lakes, Dava-Lakeshore, Downtown Tempe, Raintree, Tally Ho Farms North, Cyprus Southwest, South Tempe, and McClintock this expansion of our services reflects our deep commitment to being there for families and struggling teens wherever they are in our great state. Together, let us walk this path toward a brighter future. Contact us today.


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 to 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 be chronic irritability, a lack of interest in activities, and a persistent feeling of sadness.

Low Self-worth

Low self-worth can hinder a teen's 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 start five others before finishing. Being easily distracted can lead to stress, anxiety, and careless mistakes at school and 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.

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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.

High Schools Where Your Tempe Teen Thrives

At Nexus Teen Academy, we’re keenly aware of how crucial high schools are in nurturing the growth of teens in Tempe, Arizona With that in mind, we’ve compiled a thoughtful list of Tempe high schools known for their commitment to student mental wellness, including Corona del Sol, Desert Vista, Marcos de Niza, and McClintock, Mountain Pointe, and Tempe High School. These schools don’t just excel in education; they also provide robust support systems and counseling services to ensure students thrive in every aspect of their lives. These schools are part of the Tempe Union High School District (TUHSD), which is known for offering a wide range of support services, including counseling. Just a heads up: We’re sharing these schools with you to help families connect with great local educational resources. Please remember that Nexus Teen Academy doesn’t have any official ties with the schools we’ve mentioned.
Tempe Schools Counselling Details
Corona del Sol High School Counseling Information
Marcos de Niza High School Counseling Information
McClintock High School Counseling Information
Tempe 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 Tempe, Arizona

Just like Tempe’s high schools prioritize student well-being through counseling, this Tempe Butte city is filled with a wealth of community recreational centers, clubs, community leagues, youth development, and volunteer 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 Tempe?

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When teens participate in any of the programs organized by these community centers, like Tempe Recreation Services and Escalante Multi-Generational 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), 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.

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Note: To make sure you’re fully informed about any potential costs, it’s a good idea to take a moment to check their official websites. This small step can give you clarity on whether these programs require payment or not.

On the other hand, if teens need to enhance their quality of life and self-sufficiency, Tempe Community Council is the place where they must get in touch with to get rid of those early symptoms of mental health & substance abuse.

Perhaps if teenagers in Tempe, Arizona, are more adventurous and competitive and have a passion and persistence for sports, the City of Tempe Youth Sports might be the teen’s alley. The City of Tempe Youth Sports has different sports programs that sharpen your teens’ sports skills; they’re places designed to practice routine, consistency, discipline, and structure. These quality programs are bridges for teens to harness skills such as bouncing back from setbacks and playing fair.

Find Your Teenager's Fitness Flow in Tempe

Tempe 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)

Muscle Factory Gym

  • Address: 1301 E University Dr, Ste 125, Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Phone: (480) 921-1110

Mountainside Fitness GYM Tempe

  • Address: 300 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, Arizona 85281 N.W. Rural & Rio Salado Pkwy.
  • Phone: 480.664.6209

Fluid Martial Arts

  • Address: 3136-13 S, McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282
  • Phone: (480) 349-5898

Tempe Dance

  • Address: 1840 E Warner Rd # 132, Tempe, AZ 85284
  • Phone: 4808200795

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

Tempe Teen Substance Abuse Therapy & Counseling

If you notice signs of mental health issues in your teen, the first step should be to talk to them openly and supportively about your concerns. It’s important to listen without judgment and show that you’re there for them. Next, consider reaching out to a healthcare professional, such as your teen’s pediatrician, teen therapist, teen counselor, or mental health specialist, who can provide guidance and possibly recommend an evaluation.

The journey to recovery begins with understanding the challenges and seeking professional guidance. The first step for families in Tempe, Arizona, is to consult with a licensed teen therapist who is equipped with the knowledge and experience to navigate the complexities of teen substance abuse and related issues.

Tempe Teen/Adolescent TherapistLicense Number
Sury CortezLAC-22733
Sharon K FrickLPC-10150
Rachel HamelLAMFT-10710
Sandra A TursiniLPC-0362
Jill Slocum LPC-21041

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 feel your teen mental health situation is between mild to severe, Your teenager needs the highest level of personalized care. Our evidence-based Teen Residential Treatment Program is the right solution. 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.

In addition to our core offerings, our specialized teen residential treatment services for teenagers are also available in the following cities:

Resources For Parents of Teens Facing Substance Abuse:

Helping A Teen Who is Using Drugs
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