How to Choose the Right Level of Psychiatric Treatment

May 17, 2023
adults participating in mental health therapy group as part of residential or day treatment

Finding the right level of psychiatric treatment can make the difference between recovering and getting stuck in the cycle of your symptoms. There are many factors that will determine what kind of treatment is best for you. If you’re having a hard time with anxiety, but can still get yourself to go to work or…


Staff Highlight: Abby Dickinson, LMSW

May 8, 2023
Abby Dickinson, LMSW

Get to know Abby Dickinson, LMSW, an adolescent primary counselor at Skyland Trail in Atlanta, Georgia, who treats teens ages 14 to 17.


How Art Therapy at Skyland Trail Helped Me

April 13, 2023

by Sheila O’Shea My first encounter with art therapy was at my one (and I hope only) stay in a mental hospital. I’ve told people since then that it should have been properly called “shut up and color time.” When I first arrived, I was given a page from a mandala coloring book and spent…


Staff Highlight: Suzanne Baker

March 23, 2023
A portrait photo of Suzanne Baker

Get to know Suzanne Baker, horticulture department coordinator and horticultural specialist at Skyland Trail in Atlanta.


Staff Highlight: Frida Olvera

January 23, 2023
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Get to know Frida Olvera, intake manager at Skyland Trail, a non-profit mental health treatment organization in Atlanta.


10 Questions to Ask Mental Health Residential Treatment Programs

January 17, 2023
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1.What type of accreditation or licensing does the program have? Mental health residential treatment programs may qualify for a number of different types of accreditation or licensure.  Skyland Trail has received The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval since 1998. Accreditation from the Joint Commission indicates excellence in ensuring patient safety and quality of care.…


Ecological Systems Theory in Adolescent Residential Treatment

December 29, 2022
ecological systems theory of child development - 5 nested systems

Ecological Systems Theory, or EST, is an integral part of the Skyland Trail adolescent residential treatment program for teens.


Staff Highlight: Molly Mercer-Deadman, M.Ed

December 22, 2022
A portrait photo of Molly Mercer-Deadman, M.Ed, Education Outreach Director at Skyland Trail.

Get to know Molly Mercer-Deadman, M.Ed, education outreach director at the Skyland Trail mental health treatment program in Atlanta.


Holiday Stress and Sense-Based Mindfulness

November 17, 2022
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by Sheila O’Shea The holidays are a joyous time for many, but they can also be stressful. Cooking huge amounts of food, meeting with crowds of family and friends, the pressure to make everything perfect, the list goes on. Mindfulness—especially sense-based mindfulness—can be helpful in easing holiday stress when dealing with hectic situations. However, focusing…


6 Ways to Fight Loneliness During the Holidays

November 14, 2022
holiday social activity

Holidays don’t have to feel lonely. Skyland Trail CBT Recovery Track Assistant Director, Nicole Casey, shares tips on ways to stay connected over the holidays. Plan in advance and get a few things on the calendar so you have something to look forward to. 1. Plan ahead and reach out. If this is your first holiday…