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
Erika | Director
Erika's professional career with social work and mental health began in Boston, MA where she worked with Bay Cover's case management teams. She then worked as a psychiatric social worker intern (therapist) for Boston Medical Cenhter's Adult Psychiatry Clinic. In 2016, Erika moved back to California where she gained experience as a psychotherapist in Imperial. She then moved to San Diego and began working for Alvarado Parkway Institute's outpatient services as a licensed therapist.
Erika attended Loyola Marymount University to obtain her Bachelor's in Sociological and Theological Studies. Then she went on to get her Masters in Social Work and Theology and Ministry from Boston College. She is now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has been a Member of the National Association of Social Workers since 2014.
Prior to Erika's professional career and Masters program, her interest and passion for the mental health field began in her extensive volunteer work in Belles Service Organization through her undergraduate school. Through this organization she was able to serve homeless, minority, previously incarcerated, elderly, and domestic violence survivor populations in an array of settings. The spectrum of individuals and populations she has worked with instilled a passion and determination to help those in need, and she makes it her goal to help anyone find hope and dignity within their own life.
Erika says that she has been interested in working with Jackson House for many years, since touring the original location and receiving positive feedback from clients who she helped refer to Jackson House.
"The population that Jackson House serves is a vital one, we help stabilize crises for individuals to prevent hospitalization when early warning signs and triggers arise, but we also provide a safe step-down from inpatient hospitals to help client transition back to their lives following inpatient or emergent hospitalization. I chose Jackson House because I sincerely believe in the Mission it strives to live out, and I feel honored to be able to serve the needs of clients and help them feel they have a safe place to go when in need."
Outside of her time at work, Erika enjoys being outdoors and setting goals to hike in new places. She also enjoys swimming, going to the beach, or even just spending time in her own backyard.
"I believe that every person, no matter where they come from or what they are experiencing, has the right to feel valued and dignified. This world and mental health symptoms often act as barriers for individuals to find a sense of meaning in their lives when it feels like darkness surrounds them. I hope Jackson House can help you feel empowered to find your own light, with some guidance, and with that light, take back your life and shine."
ALLYSON | COUNSELOR
Allyson always knew she wanted to become a therapist. Since graduating from New Mexico State University with her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, she has treated a variety of mental health diagnosis, in many different settings. Allyson has worked in psychiatric hospitals, group homes and the foster care system. She is excited to be part of the Jackson House team because she is passionate about helping people who are in the midst of a crisis, experiencing trauma or suffering from psychosis. Allyson believes many of our problems are rooted in dysfunctional relationships and she works hard to help her clients heal by developing healthy and meaningful relationships. Allyson is a certified clinical trauma specialist and mental health therapist. When she is not at work, Allyson can often be found hiking with her dogs, cooking for friends and family or practicing yoga.
“Treatment is supposed to be messy and uncomfortable, that means it is working! As your therapist, I am here to provide a safe space to help support you in this process. Let’s work together towards healing and growth.”
CHARDE | TRANSITION SPECIALIST
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 | COUNSELOR
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 | OFFICE MANAGER
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.”
Please give our team a call
Want to learn more about Jackson House La Mesa?
Jackson House La Mesa
5332 Jackson Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942
It’s time to feel better.
We are here to help and are in-network with most insurance providers. Call us for a free, confidential consultation.
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.