Mental Health Treatment

Mental health treatment programs provide structure, support, motivation, and essential skills development for women with mental health issues. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “Like many health conditions, help for mental illness takes professional diagnosis and treatment.” Avery Lane uses comprehensive assessments and other diagnostic tools to ensure clients are accurately diagnosed and have access to effective mental health treatment services.

Mental Health Residential

Who Needs Mental Health Treatment?

Not every mental health symptom requires professional treatment. For example, everyone feels sad, depressed, or anxious sometimes when they experience something unpleasant. However, to meet the criteria for mental health treatment, the symptoms must be present for an extended period of time and interfere with a person’s ability to function.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.” Mental health “also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.” Individuals struggling with the symptoms and side effects of trauma, grief and loss, or mental health disorders benefit from professional mental health treatment.

Clients attending residential programs often report experiencing the following:

  • Difficulty functioning day-to-day due to mental health symptoms
  • Problems maintaining healthy relationships and family dynamics
  • Difficulty coping with everyday stressors due to untreated trauma
  • Severe symptoms of grief and loss

Women who find it challenging to maintain positive mental health most days may have an undiagnosed mental health disorder. An accurate clinical diagnosis is essential to ensure clients receive effective treatments for their condition. The care team at Avery Lane uses comprehensive assessments to determine if women would benefit from residential mental health treatment.

Recognizing the Warning Signs of a Mental Health Disorder

Individuals who recognize the symptoms of mental health disorders are more likely to get help before severe symptoms have an opportunity to develop. However, symptoms manifest differently for everyone, making it challenging to identify the warning signs.

Common indications of potential mental health issues include:

  • Unusual sleep disturbances, including insomnia, night terrors, or oversleeping
  • Loss of energy or unusual spikes in energy leading to manic episodes
  • Prolonged feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Uncharacteristic anger, aggression, or irritation
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Paranoid thoughts or behaviors
  • Self-harming thoughts or behaviors
  • Sudden loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Inability to complete basic tasks of daily living
  • Unexplained injuries accompanied by mental health symptoms
  • Disordered thinking or speech patterns

Some disorders are hard to recognize because they share overlapping symptoms with chronic medical issues. For example, mild anxiety and depressive symptoms are common side effects of chronic pain. Substance use disorder (SUD) is also a risk factor for many mental health disorders; both conditions share similar symptoms. Anyone concerned about their mental health should undergo a clinical assessment to determine if they meet the criteria for a disorder.

Mental Health Treatment Admissions and Diagnosis

Admissions and diagnosis take place before clients are admitted into a program. Clinicians at Avery Lane use various diagnostic tools, including GeneSight genetic testing, to diagnose and treat mental health disorders. The care team empowers women by collaborating with them and providing essential insights to ensure they make informed decisions about their recovery.

Admissions require up-to-date details about a client’s mental and physical health to clearly understand what issues may affect treatment. During the initial admissions assessment, clients may be asked to provide the following information:

  • Emergency contacts
  • Primary care physician
  • Any current or recent prescription or over-the-counter medications
  • Family medical history
  • Personal history of trauma, substance abuse, or mental health disorders
  • Any active symptoms of physical or psychological disorders

Clients are interviewed by different clinical experts during admissions and undergo a physical assessment. Individuals with mental health issues often have poor nutrition or other health problems contributing to their symptoms. The admissions team ensures clients have a clear understanding of their diagnosis. Clinicians use the information provided to tailor treatment.

Mental Health Services and Therapies Offered at Avery Lane

Avery Lane uses a proprietary Whole Being Recovery model of care to empower clients. The treatment model helps clients heal from trauma and adopt healthier patterns of behavior. Every program and level of care uses this model to ensure consistent and effective treatment.

The mental health treatment services offered at Avery Lane include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Alternative holistic therapies
  • Trauma treatment

Clients are also assessed for nutritional deficiencies and other potential biological causes of mental health symptoms.

Getting Help for a Loved One

Many people with untreated mental health issues cannot recognize their condition. Family interventions and support can ensure people get the help they need to heal. Avery Lane encourages families and friends to reach out for information and support if they believe their loved one may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

Often, getting help is difficult for people with a history of trauma or other issues affecting their self-esteem. The support of the people closest to them may motivate them to seek professional mental health treatment. Treatment programs at Avery Lane provide a welcoming community of women passionate about helping other women find positive ways to heal and move forward in their lives.

Mental health disorders affect millions of individuals and families every year. Avery Lane offers a unique space where women can heal from mental health issues, including trauma and loss or grief. To learn more about our programs and how we can help, call our office today at (800) 270-2406.

Contact Avery Lane Admissions Today

Summer Lan Franco
MA, MFT-t, Primary Therapist

Summer Lan Franco loves working with people to facilitate recovery from substance use disorders, disordered eating, mental health issues and complex trauma. She earned her BS in Nutrition and Food Science from California State University Chico and MS in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California. She has worked in community-based and private practice settings. Her approach is personable and sincere. Summer believes in helping people rediscover their true selves by uncovering barriers that stand in the way. Her warmth and earnest interest in others’ wellbeing are always present in the work she does with people seeking help. She has experience with trauma recovery, substance abuse recovery, codependency, family issues, disordered eating, treatment for anxiety and depression, and working with personality disorders.

Alaina Dunér
Office Manager, Sound Healing Group Facilitator, Reiki Master

Alaina Dunér is a Sonoma County native. She studied sociology and outdoor adventure programming for two years at Loyola University of New Orleans and Warren Wilson College. In 2016 Alaina was on a recreational skydive and had a crash landing that resulted in her fracturing multiple vertebrae in her spine. Since her accident, Alaina has emersed herself in understanding the nuances and complexities of health and spirituality. She is passionate about supporting clients through Reiki and Sound. Since taking a pause from university, Alaina has become a certified Reiki Master Teacher in the Tibetan Usui system, an Ayurvedic yoga instructor, a health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and a trauma informed sound facilitator. At the end of 2022 Alaina will attend Southern Utah University to complete her bachelor’s in aerospace and aviation with an emphasis on rotary flight.

Sunnie Skillman
Energy Worker

Sunnie has worked within the field of Energy Psychology for over 20 years and has been trained in a number of healing modalities, including EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and Access Consciousness. She has been using the tools of Access Consciousness for 23 years, teaching classes and working with clients using various hands-on energy body work techniques. She specializes working with clients who have symptoms of PTSD and assisting in clearing where trauma is stored in the body.
Sunnie brings her personal experience with trauma healing as well as her kind and
caring energy to support the ladies interested in working with other healing modalities
at Avery Lane.

Nicole Collins,
AMFT, Primary Therapist

Nicole Collins entered the field of healing after receiving her BA from Colorado State University
in Human Services, which led her to work in domestic violence. Following her beliefs and
passion in the body-mind-spirit connection and the Intelligence of the Self-healing power, she
got her MS from Touro University in Vallejo. She believes that addiction, alcoholism,
depression, the things that push against your joy, calm, serenity, and sense of security, are
powerful and baffling. Still, there is something unique inside of you that is ready to push back
against it all. The fear, anxiety, depression, and trauma that press against your head and chest
are real, but they should not define you. She feels her role is to help you find the resources
within to overcome the challenges and suffering that life may bring. She specializes in trauma,
substance abuse, LGBTQIA+ community, matters of belonging, helping individuals heal in their
relationships within themselves. In your work together, she will meet you where you are and
support you in reacquainting you, with all parts of yourself, including your inherent wisdom.

Erin Miller, RADT
Recovery Counselor

Erin is a Registered Alcohol Drug Technician, Certified Recovery Coach, and Certified Clinical
Trauma Specialist-A (Trauma and Addiction). She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in
Psychology and Addiction Studies at Aspen University. Through her personal experience with
alcohol addiction and recovery, Erin was inspired to support others on their recovery journeys.
She brings kindness, compassion, and encouragement to her work at Avery Lane. Erin lives in
Sonoma County with her husband and their two adventurous children.

Laurel LeMohn
Recovery Counselor

is a Mendocino County native. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University in 2014 and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University. She has been a Recovery Counselor at Avery Lane since October, 2021, and works from a trauma-informed, psychodynamic, and humanistic lens. She has had a desire towards helping others since she was young and looks forward to working with you as you transition your life into one where you are thriving and proud to be living.