Destinations for Teens Topanga

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Topanga
Topanga, CA 92090
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Paying for Treatment

  • Insurance is Accepted
  • Financing is Available
  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

Destinations focuses on Family Systems Therapy at the core of our care. Family Systems Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps individuals resolve their problems in the context of the whole family. Each family member works together with the others to better understand their group dynamic and how their individual actions affect each other and the family unit as a whole. One of the most important premises of Family Systems Therapy is that what happens to one member of a family happens to everyone in the family.

Destinations for Teens Topanga Reviews and Ratings Details

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Areas of Focus
Client & Family Support Groups

Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.

Family Program

Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance use, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

These two terms describe a person who is not only struggling with substance use or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

Individualized Treatment

Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.

Process Abuse Treatment

Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.

Individual Therapy

This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

Equine Therapy

A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.

Creative Arts Therapy

Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.

Holistic Therapy

Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.

12-Step

The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance ubuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

Key Staff Members
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    Dr. Baback Bob Gabbay, M.D. - Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Gabbay is a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, as well as adolescent mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Dr. Gabbay attended medical school training at UCLA and completed both general adult psychiatry residency and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has had extensive training within the realm of emergency psychiatry room, inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment settings. His clinical experience encompasses providing medication management and therapy services to a diverse range of clients, with specialized intensive clinical training with dual diagnosis clients (patients with substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders). Dr. Gabbay’s philosophy towards medication management follows a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Clinical information is gathered from multiple sources (client, family, school, therapist, nursing, and outside referral sources) in order to make an informed decision regarding a definitive diagnosis and appropriate medication recommendations. Dr. Gabbay evaluates all clients whether they are prescribed medication or not.

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    Cynthia A. Della Ripa, LMFT - Clinical Liaison

    Cynthia Della Ripa is a Licensed, Marriage and Family therapist and the Clinical Liaison at Destinations For Teens. Cynthia focuses on connecting with clinicians, doctors, psychiatrists and other healing professionals in the community to build awareness, provide information and ensure adolescents are getting the help they need in an appropriate environment. In addition, Cynthia oversees Destinations P.E.P. Talks (Prepare. Educate. Prevent) which offers education to local elementary, middle and high schools on topics of mental health, addiction and overall well-being. Cynthia is passionate about prevention through mindfulness, awareness and education.

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    Andrew Lavender, LMFT, M.A.C. - Clinical Director

    Andrew Levander, LMFT, M.A.C., is a CA. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds many national certifications including: Master Addictions Counselor, Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified Bereavement Counselor, Certified Cognitive Behavioral therapist, Certified Internet Addiction and Web Psychology Specialist and is a Workplace Mediation Specialist. Mr. Levander has developed three treatment programs specifically serving adolescents and adults who struggle with self-injury and other self-injurious process and chemically addictive behaviors. He has over twenty-two years of experience in adolescent, adult and family psychotherapy and fifteen years of program development, social service management and is currently the VP of Clinical Operations at Destinations For Teens where he continues his commitment to being of service to under-represented and misunderstood diverse populations of youth and families.

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    Dr. Kristen M. Roye, PSY.D. - Program Director

    Kristen Roye, PsyD, received her doctorate of clinical psychology from California Lutheran University. During her time at Cal Lutheran she specialized in intimate partner violence and found a passion for attachment theory. She continues to use attachment theory in treating clients, doing research, and in training staff at Destinations. Dr. Roye currently works as the Director of Treatment Services at Destinations for Teens where her main role is to ensure compassionate care for clients and families by implementing evidence-based trainings to the staff and community. She also strives to bring community awareness to the stigma associated with mental illness and educate the community on suicide. In addition to Destinations, Dr. Roye also works as an adjunct professor at Cal Lutheran and teaches in both the PsyD and Bachelors Degree for Professionals Programs.