ANASAZI Foundation

1424 South Stapley Drive
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 892-7403
Year Founded
Member Since
Web Address
Program Type
Wilderness Therapy Program
Executive Contact
Michael J. Merchant
Admissions Contact
Virginia Robinson & Sean Rourke
Academic Contact
Carley Nelson
Is College Prep Available?
Boys and Girls in Single Gender Groups (undefined)
Individual Psychotherapy Available?
Insurance Accepted?
Is Financial Aid Available?
Are you Nonprofit or For Profit?
Are you SEVIS Approved?
The mission of Anasazi Foundation is to prepare parents and children to turn their hearts to one another, begin anew, and walk in harmony in the wilderness of the world.

Anasazi’s outdoor behavioral health care services are effective for adolescents and young adults with mood and behavioral concerns. Treatment addresses depression, anxiety, substance abuse, oppositional behavior, relational problems, school failure, self-harming behaviors (eating disorders, cutting, suicidal ideation, etc.), attachment, poor social skills, lack of motivation, entitlement and other issues related to a lack of self-regulation and moral identity.

Youth and young adults with parents who are willing to play an active role in treatment are more likely to achieve the desired outcomes. Parents participate in an admissions-day orientation; attend a relationship workshop; consult weekly (via phone or in person) with their child‘s therapist; join their child in the wilderness for the final two nights/three days of the program; and participate in seven weeks of post discharge parent shadowing.

Founded by wilderness therapy pioneers Larry Olsen and Ezekiel Sanchez, the nurturing approach at Anasazi summons introspection and personal responsibility-it powerfully invites a change of heart that promotes a lasting change of behavior.

Treatment is individualized and provided by a licensed and credentialed staff specializing in child and adolescent psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, nursing and experiential education. Staffing ratios are 2:1 and group sizes range from 3-8. Aftercare and alumni services are available to support and sustain changes made while at Anasazi. Fees may be covered by insurance. Anasazi is a nonprofit (501c3) organization. Funds are raised throughout the year to assist families with little or no financial resources.
Age Range
12 - 31+
Sevis Approved?
Average Student Stay
49 days minimum
Accreditation & Licensure Info
Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Behavioral Health Licensing, Level II Behavioral Health Care Provider; The Joint Commission
cutting (undefined), Failure to Launch, Grief, Low Self-Esteem, Self harm (undefined)
emotional or psychiatric issues (undefined), Social (undefined), Substance Abuse, Trauma
ADD/ADHD, Adoption/Attachment Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Divorce Issues