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Jackson House La Mesa

Our La Mesa treatment center is located in the rolling hills of San Diego County and was designed with our clients in mind. When you are at Jackson House La Mesa, we want you to feel welcome, safe and at ease. Each day with us is structured to improve your quality of life and teach you how to address your mental health needs. There are daily group therapy sessions, peer support groups and life skill classes, along with individual counseling and time for clients to exercise, foster new interests and reflect on everything they are learning.

Meet Our Team

Lauren | Director

Lauren has been an LCSW since 2014, holds a master's degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and a BA in psychology from Loyola University Maryland.

After graduate school, Lauren worked in Baltimore, Maryland in a diverse range of settings, including director of a crisis residential program, clinical coordinator for an opiate, alcohol, and benzodiazepine detoxification program, and a therapist for individual, group and family trauma for adolescents in residential treatment.

Lauren implemented agency wide trauma informed care at Baltimore Crisis Response, trained members of the Baltimore City police department on mental health first aid, programmed and implemented a spirituality group for women with co-occurring mental illness and addiction, and created Heal the Healers, a vicarious traumatization prevention and self-care yoga class for clinicians and direct care staff. Lauren is a certified trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapist, with additional specialized education working with queer and gender non-binary persons, as well as people healing from addiction and sexual assault. Prior to relocating to San Diego in 2020, Lauren lived in New Jersey and was most recently the Director of Residential and Community Based Services for Vantage Health System. Prior to that position, she was the Clinical Program Director at Jersey City Medical Center.

Lauren's approach to treatment is a union of a multitude of traditions, individualized to meet the needs of each person with whom she works. Lauren incorporates a myriad of psychotherapy techniques; all while maintaining a foundation focused on safe, holistic, relationship-based practice.

As both a therapist and director, Lauren offers radical acceptance and unwavering nonjudgmental support to all she works with. Lauren believes that learning to stand firmly in your own individual truth allows a person’s full potential to come more clearly into focus. Upon joining Jackson House, Lauren expressed, "I was so impressed with Jackson House’s model, and the unique and vital services it provides to an often overlooked and underserved population of people. Jackson House is a place I would feel comfortable sending my loved ones and trust that they are getting the time, attention and support needed to heal."

Lauren loves practicing yoga, cycling, painting, spending time with her partner James, their corgi Bailee, and their bearded dragon Mango.

"Entering treatment can be a monumental decision and our team here at Jackson House is honored to be a part of your journey. We are wholeheartedly committed to the health, safety and holistic treatment of each person who walks through our doors. We fundamentally believe that when 'I' is replaced with 'We', illness becomes wellness. Me and my team look forward to meeting you."

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Charde works hard to make everyone who steps into her presence feel comfortable and at ease. Originally from the East Coast, Charde is often up for adventure and enjoys exploring her new home in sunny San Diego. The energy of the city is vibrant and welcoming, much like the environment at Jackson House La Mesa. In fact, it is that welcoming and supportive environment that inspired her decide to work here. She knew her clients would feel that same energy and have a safe space to focus on addressing their needs. As a counselor, Charde treats clients with a wide range of emotional, behavioral or mental health disorders and substance abuse issues. Born and raised in Worcester, Ma., she received her B.A. and M.A. at Assumption College. Presently, she is working on her Doctor of Psychology degree. When she is not helping her clients at Jackson House, she is at the beach, hiking, listening to live music or watching sports games with her friends.

“If you want to be in a home-like environment that is safe and secure, where dedicated and understanding staff can help meet your behavioral health needs by providing individual and group counseling, skills training, treatment plans and aftercare services then Jackson House is for you.”


Diane is an experienced counselor who has worked with clients across almost every stage of life. As a longtime therapist for the Community Research Foundation, Diane had the opportunity to help children, teens, adults and families across San Diego. Now, she is honored to help clients at Jackson House address their mental health needs. Diane is a certified clinical trauma professional and therapist with multiple degrees from San Diego State University. She specializes in helping clients problem solve and develop new skills through cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. Diane is always on the hunt for the best chili recipe – if you have a good one, please send it her way. As you can imagine, she loves to cook, spend time with her family, go on camping trips or enjoy a nice staycation in San Diego.

“Let us help you on your mental health journey in a warm, caring and supportive environment. The well-trained professional staff will focus on getting your mental health needs met.”


Eva is always ready to greet you with a smile and offer a kind word to help brighten your day. As the office manager for Jackson House La Mesa, she keeps things on track and makes sure everyone has the resources they need to help their clients thrive. Eva considers it a privilege to work in the mental health industry and be able to provide support to people during some of their most challenging moments. When she’s not helping out the team, Eva loves spending time with her adult children and hearing about their latest adventures.

“Seeking treatment for mental health can seem helpless but come to Jackson House and let us help you overcome the mental illness that has you feeling trapped.”

Melissa Ramirez | Transition Specialist

Melissa received her BS in Psychology from UABC Mexico in 2009 and continued her studies at Antioch University in Los Angeles, where she received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, with specialties in Spirituality and Depth Psychology. In 2014, Melissa was certified as a Nutritionist Consultant at Natural Healing Institute and certified as a Yoga Instructor from UCSD.

She has worked with children and families as a Behavioral Therapist in San Diego since 2016, helping those with different cultural backgrounds to excel in their local communities.

Melissa’s passion to help people has motivated her to continue to study and learn different ways to incorporate a mindfulness approach to psychology.

“I chose to work at The Jackson House because I really like their approach in helping society in a well balanced manner.”

Outside of her time at work, Melissa enjoys spending her time with family and friends, traveling and exploring nature.

“At Jackson House, we are committed to providing the best experience. You can count on our support and guidance throughout your journey.”


My stay at Jackson House was fantastic. I was able to engage in several group sessions where we worked through our fears and stepped out of our comfort zones by participating in exercises that challenge our "status quo" actions and reactions to real life experiences. Being a part of the community meal times helped me to overcome rejection issues. The main purpose for my stay here, to stabilize my bi-polar disorder medications was relatively simple due to the knowledge of the nursing team. The Invega injection along with the comfortable family - like atmosphere accomplished my goal of leaving Jackson House with a positive outlook on my future and a realistic ongoing treatment plan. Thank you to Lauren and the staff at Jackson House, La Mesa!

Jennifer Z

Our transgender son recently spent 10 days at Jackson House. We found all the staff to be extremely supportive and professional. Their follow thru in helping our son find a suitable next step facility was excellent. And as parents we felt well care for. They really care and it comes across. We would highly recommend this facility if the need demands.

Richard K

Such a great place to take care of yourself and get the help you need.... the staff was so caring, compassionate and helpful to my friend who really needed some help as they were going through some mental health difficulties. Since he left, he really has come out the other side of the dark place he was in when he was admitted to Jackson house. So thankful for what this place did for him!

Elizabeth G

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Jackson House La Mesa
5332 Jackson Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942

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If you’re a provider and need to send us information on a client, please feel free to fax us at 619-303-7044. If you need help immediately, call our 24-hour crisis line at 1-800-766-4274. If you have a medical emergency, call 911. Jackson House is licensed by the State of California Community Care Licensing Division and certified by the Department of Health Care Services. We are also CARF Accredited. If you have any client or quality of care concerns, please reach out to us at 888-255-9280. If your concerns need further attention, you can contact the Department of Public Health at 619-278-3700 or the Community Care Licensing Division at 1-844-538-8766.