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Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services

1733 Skillman Lane, Petaluma, California, 94952
Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services provides residential treatment for adolescent boys with substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health issues and outpatient programming for both adolescent boys and girls. The residential treatment program is designed specifically for males ages 12-17 struggling with substance abuse and accompanying mental health issues. Located on six idyllic acres in Sonoma County, CA, this highly individualized and family-centric program serves a maximum of six adolescents and their families at any given time. Muir Wood’s treatment team includes board-certified addiction treatment physicians, board-certified psychiatrists, licensed therapists, certified counselors, masters-level adventure therapists and masters-level and multiple-subject State credentialed teachers. Key program components of the residential program include a weekly family intensive, comprehensive psychological testing, twice weekly individual therapy with a licensed therapist, weekly assessment by a board-certified addiction psychiatrist, twice weekly individual family therapy with a licensed therapist, and an all day adventure therapy program with masters-level therapists. The residential program also includes a 3-month Parent Support and Coaching Aftercare curriculum-based component led by a licensed therapist who remains in contact with parents for a weekly 75-minute phone call. Muir Wood’s mixed-gender outpatient program, located in Marin, offers both a 9-hour per week Intensive Outpatient Program and a 6-hour per week Outpatient Program for teens and their families. Key components of the outpatient programs include a highly credentialed clinical team, weekly individual therapy with a licensed therapist, weekly family therapy with a licensed therapist, and weekly randomized drug testing.

Facility Highlights

  • Sunday Adventure Therapy Program Led by a Masters-Level Therapist
  • Weekly, Comprehensive Family Programming
  • Mixed-Gender Outpatient Programs


  • An Engaging Program Designed Specifically for Adolescent Boys with a Number of Experiential Therapies

    Experiential therapies at Muir Wood include 3X weekly personal training with a certified personal trainer at a community gym, weekly equine assisted psychotherapy on a 1000 acre ranch, weekly yoga, weekly-guided meditation, and weekly mixed martial arts training. These experiential therapies help keep teens engaged in treatment and illustrate healthy ways they can have fun living a life free of drugs and alcohol, while reducing anxiety and depression without drugs and alcohol.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

    EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.

Facility Settings

  • Luxury

Meet the Staff

  • Jennifer Golick, Ph.D., LMFT
    Jennifer Golick, Ph.D., LMFTClinical Director
    Dr. Jennifer Golick received her M.A. from Sonoma State University, where she graduated with honors as part of Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society. For many years, Jennifer worked as a therapist in a nonprofit mental health agency, working with underinsured and uninsured children and families. Jennifer also created and implemented the first agency-based animal-assisted therapy program and utilized that modality with adults with chronic mental illness. Jennifer was most recently employed as the clinical director of a well-respected 55-bed residential substance abuse treatment center in the Napa Valley, CA. H
  • Scott Sowle
    Scott SowleFounder & Executive Director
    For Scott, Muir Wood represents the culmination of many years experience developing nationally recognized adolescent and adult programs. Muir Wood is often referred to as the gold standard in the treatment of adolescent substance abuse and mental health treatment. It has been recognized as a “place of light and hope, where kindness, trust and respect are established as the keystones of life-long recovery” by Kathy Ketcham, best selling author of “Teens Under the Influence”.

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