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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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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.”

Caroline | Transition Specialist

Caroline has been working in the mental health field since 2012. She started her mental health career working as a Personal Care Assistant where she modeled and practiced healthy social skills with children living with severe emotional disturbance and a variety of other mental health diagnoses. Caroline then joined the Blue Earth County Child Protection team in Minnesota where she worked with all families involved with the child welfare system. Caroline’s focus was to facilitate the Love and Logic curriculum to increase parenting skills and decrease families' return to the child welfare system.

In 2016, Caroline then moved on to work with adults living with mental illness, where she worked in the community increasing client independent living skills. Caroline then moved to being a Group Home Manager, of multiple sites, where she worked with adults placed on conservatorship to move toward reinstatement of rights.

Caroline’s journey then brought her to San Diego in 2019 where she was a community case manager, with a full-service partnership agency. Caroline worked with adults living with dual-diagnosis, homelessness, and having involvement with the corrections/justice system. Caroline then joined Jackson House in April 2021.

Caroline received her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Minnesota State University - Mankato in May 2016. Caroline also obtained her Minnesota Social Work License as an LSW in 2016. Caroline has specialized training in trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, as well as co-occurring disorders and severe persistent mental illness.

“I chose to work at Jackson House because the values and mission align with my professional values and training.”

Outside of work Caroline likes to attend concerts, travel, hike and spend time with friends.

“Join Jackson House to receive the unconditional positive regard and dignity everyone deserves, while we guide you to navigate a new self which you will endure while experiencing compassionate, holistic care.”

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Brandon | Counselor

Brandon attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2015. He began his journey in the field of Psychology with a love for Neuroscience and research, which remains a passion of his today. He spent time working in the Quinnipiac Behavior Neuroscience lab and decided to shift his focus to human services. Following graduation, Brandon attended Central Connecticut State University where he obtained a master’s degree in professional clinical counseling. Shortly after that, he moved from Connecticut to California and began his professional career and registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC).

Brandon’s first work experience came at a residential substance abuse program and detox as a clinical case manager. Following that, he worked at an outpatient substance use program as a mental health worker. Working at those programs helped him to better understand the relationship between substance use and mental health.

“As I continued work with people with substance abuse issues, the relationship between mental health issues and substance use became apparent. However, in my former roles, substance abuse and sobriety were the primary issue that people came seeking help for and was the primary focus of treatment. While co-occurring disorders are most effectively treated together, coming to Jackson house was an opportunity for me to work with people whose primary concern is mental health.”

Outside of work, sports are Brandon’s passion. He loves to watch all sports, from basketball to tennis. In high school, he played baseball. Now, most of his free time is spent playing golf. In Brandon’s opinion, there is no better way to spend a day than out on a golf course, whether it be with friends or random golfers at the local course. Other than watching sports and playing golf, he also enjoys art. From calligraphy and watercolors to engraving and wood burning, Brandon finds something very rewarding and therapeutic about creating something original, whether it be a paint splatter on a canvas, an engraved mirror, a custom piece of furniture or a beautiful landscape.

“I believe that I bring a unique approach to counseling and treating mental health to the already wonderful team at Jackson House. I believe in the importance of tailoring my approach to the unique person that is sitting in front of me. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of mental health treatment. At Jackson House you are not going to be treated as just a diagnosis, but as a unique individual with a unique story on a unique journey.”

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Testimonials

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.