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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

JILL | CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Jill applied to work in the mental health field after encouragement from a friend. It was not the career path she had planned but, looking back, it seems she was always destined for a career helping adults who are struggling with mental illness. As soon as Jill started working at her first crisis house, she knew it was where she was meant to be. She returned to school to get a master’s in counseling at California Southern University – this is after already graduating from San Diego State with a B.A. in marketing and an M.A. from National University in school psychology. Today, Jill is proud to help others as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Just like working in the mental health field was meant to be, Jill says the same is true about working at Jackson House La Mesa. The pieces all lined up perfectly and she couldn’t turn down an opportunity to help shape the company and how it helps its clients. Outside of work, Jill loves to spend time with her family and two, sweet dogs. And, as an Ohio native, you can count on her to cheer on the Buckeye’s each fall during football season.

“We honor and respect our clients' thoughts, feelings and personal goals. The most important factor in treatment at Jackson House is your active involvement in it. We want to empower you to make choices and be your own advocate, so that when you leave you are ready to face the world and all its challenges.”

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.”

Our team cares about everyone who walks through our doors. When you reach out to us for help, we will work with you to nurture your inner potential and empower you with the tools you need to live your best life.

Stephanie Nicolai, Director of Jackson House

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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.

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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 619-303-0933. 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.