Now enrolling clients at our premier outpatient clinic with healing therapists in West Los Angeles, California!

Our premier mental health clinic coming soon to West Los Angeles, CA, will provide outpatient therapy, an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and a therapeutic day treatment program, also known as a partial hospitalization program (PHP), to adolescents, teens, and young adults struggling with mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and trauma. 

Our treatment program, located near the beautiful Santa Monica mountains, has passionate therapists driven to help adolescents, teens, and young adults overcome behavioral health and substance abuse issues. Through a unique therapeutic framework, we provide therapy so young people in the LA area can overcome mental health challenges and create a life filled with joy.  

Therapist office for teens receiving intensive outpatient treatment in West Los Angeles for trauma, anger, and OCD.

How Our Outpatient Program Can Help

We provide a healing, nurturing, and safe environment to help your adolescent, teen, or young adult address and overcome mental health issues that may be affecting your family’s everyday life.

Services We Provide Across the Embark Continuum of Care

We’ll help your family get the therapy you need in your local LA community. We offer individual, group, and family therapy as well as therapeutic/peer mentoring, home health care services, addiction treatment, and parent coaching. 

Individual therapy office for teens who are getting outpatient treatment for depression and BPD.

Conditions Our Therapists Treat

Anxiety, depression, and suicide are on the rise, and children are at risk today more than ever before. Too many adolescents, teens, and young adults in Los Angeles go through life struggling with not only anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation but also eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), ADHD, PTSD, substance abuse, and trauma. It doesn’t have to be this way. 

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West LA Outpatient Program FAQ

During outpatient therapy at our West LA clinic, your adolescent, teen, or young adult will attend therapy sessions near Santa Monica while maintaining their daily schedule. For those who have moderate mental health symptoms and a daily routine that is not negatively impacting their mental health, outpatient therapy may be a good option. 

An outpatient visit at our West LA outpatient program involves weekly therapy sessions where your teen can receive CBT, DBT, or SMART that can help them with difficult behavioral health challenges like substance abuse, PTSD, and depression.  

There are many benefits to outpatient therapy at our West LA clinic. Our outpatient programs allow adolescents, teens, and young adults near Santa Monica to maintain work and school schedules and receive support from friends and family while receiving therapy — and at a more affordable cost on average than most inpatient treatment options. 

The main difference between weekly individual therapy sessions, the intensive outpatient program, and therapeutic day treatment at our West LA program is the amount of time your adolescent, teen, or young adult will spend in treatment. Weekly individual therapy sessions require the least amount of time and can be scheduled at a specific time of day. An intensive outpatient program takes place in the evening to accommodate school and work schedules and typically meets three hours a day, three to four days per week, for a total of nine to 12 hours per week. A therapeutic day treatment program typically meets 5.5 hours a day, five days a week.  

The goal of outpatient therapy at our clinic is to help adolescents, teens, and young adults overcome difficult mental health issues like eating disorders, OCD, trauma, and anger through a series of visits to one of our LA therapists. 

The main difference between inpatient hospitalization and outpatient treatment is the treatment setting. Our outpatient therapy offerings, which include IOP and day treatment programs, provide a good option for adolescents, teens, and young adults whose needs can be met by visiting a therapist in their local Los Angeles neighborhood while living at home and maintaining their daily routine. Inpatient hospitalization treatment is a good option for those who need to leave their home and receive dedicated 24-hour care in a hospital setting to overcome mental health and substance abuse issues. 

The length of outpatient treatment depends on each child's particular needs. On average, outpatient treatment at our LA clinic can last from three months to one year. If a deeper level of treatment is needed, adolescents, teens, and young adults can step up a level in care to an inpatient hospitalization treatment program. 

Nearby Programs and Therapists in Los Angeles

If Embark Behavioral Health in West Los Angeles is not close to your home, check out our nearby location, Optimum Performance Institute (OPI)! Located right next to our outpatient program in West Los Angeles, OPI provides therapy and transitional living programs to teens and young adults struggling with mental health and/or substance use issues. 

Multicultural Family Success Adolescent Teen Anxiety Treatment Embark Behavioral Health

This location is part of our robust continuum of care that offers different levels of service, including virtual counseling, throughout the U.S.!

Meet The Team

Baaba Hawthorne

Position: Executive Director - West LA
Baaba Hawthorne, M.A., LMFT is the Executive Director of our Embark Behavioral Health West LA Outpatient Clinic. She holds a BA in psychology with an emphasis in human sexuality from California State University, Northridge and earned her master’s in clinical psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family therapy from Pepperdine University. She comes from a strong clinical background working with teens, adults and families specializing in addiction, trauma and multi-cultural counseling. In her recent years, Baaba has used her clinical background as a foundation for leadership. Previously inhabiting the roles of Clinical Director and Director of Outreach, Baaba has a passion for building programs and establishing partnerships within the Los Angeles community. Representation matters and Baaba is excited to bring the exceptional services of Embark Behavioral Health to the diverse community of Los Angeles. In her free time Baaba loves to travel internationally, learn about new cultures through food and music and enjoys spending the day at the beach with friends and family.

Baaba Hawthorne

Executive Director - West LA

Baaba Hawthorne, M.A., LMFT is the Executive Director of our...

Chanell Dudley

Position: Enrollment Director
Chanell Dudley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is an Enrollment Director at our Embark Behavioral Health West LA Outpatient Clinic. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Chanell is highly skilled in the field of Social Work; having spent many years providing psychotherapy and case management. Chanell submerges herself into volunteer opportunities to enhance her skills and knowledge base in the field and utilizes a variety of techniques and skills drawn from recognized therapeutic modalities. Previously having management experience, she has been able to help others further their clinical experience and meet their goals. She is adamant and believes that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires non-judgmental caring. Her goals and objectives are to provide an environment of compassion and empathy, in conjunction with supporting individuals overcome their obstacles. In her free time, she enjoys learning new beauty techniques and spending time at the beach.

Chanell Dudley

Enrollment Director

Chanell Dudley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is an...

Dr. Eri Nakagami

Position: Clinical Director
Dr. Eri Nakagami, Ph.D., LCSW is the Clinical Director of Embark Behavioral Health West LA Outpatient Clinic. She received her BA in sociology from Vassar College and her MSW and Ph.D. from USC. Eri has an extensive clinical practice experience with children, adolescents, adults, and families, as well as a long history of teaching, supervising, training, and consulting masters and licensed clinicians. She is dedicated to treating everyone with empathy, dignity, and respect and will ensure that the services provided maintain treatment integrity and follows the Embark Treatment Approach. When Eri is not at work, she loves to spend time with family and friends, workout, cook, bake, and explore familiar and new places.

Dr. Eri Nakagami

Clinical Director

Dr. Eri Nakagami, Ph.D., LCSW is the Clinical Director of...

Hallie Lambert

Position: Executive Assistant
Hallie Lambert, M.A., is the Executive Assistant of our Embark Behavioral Health West LA Outpatient Clinic. She holds a BA in Film and Television with an emphasis in screenwriting from Chapman University, and earned her master’s in psychology from Pepperdine University. Hallie has been a television writer for most of her career, creating rich characters depicting the many facets of the human condition. Her passion for psychology, community and giving back has led her to Embark, where she is excited to support the team and important services of Embark Behavioral Health. Concurrently she is working towards her MFT license to eventually become a practicing therapist herself. Hallie’s love of animals has kept her a volunteer in the animal rescue community, fostering and adopting many animals over the years. She also serves as a mental health advocate with the goal of eradicating the stigma and promoting mental health education, and is a mentor for Chapman University’s Dodge School of Film & Media Arts. In her free time, you can often find Hallie swimming laps at the local pool, hosting game night for her family and friends or exploring cultures around the globe.

Hallie Lambert

Executive Assistant

Hallie Lambert, M.A., is the Executive Assistant of our Embark...

Phil Donney

Position: Lead Therapist
Phil Donney, MSW, LCSW is a Lead Therapist at our Embark Behavioral Health West LA Outpatient Clinic. He holds a BA in sociology from University of California, Santa Barbara and earned his master’s in social work with an emphasis in Child Welfare from California State University, Northridge. His background is in working with children, teens, young adults and families specializing in crisis intervention, trauma and Evidence-Based Practice. Phil started his career serving in Los Angeles County’s Child Welfare system as a children’s social worker for the Department of Children & Family Services, West Los Angeles in both their Continuing Services section and in Emergency Response, and he was the first social worker in West LA to be certified as a Child Family Team Meeting Facilitator. In the last six years, Phil pivoted into a more clinical role as a School-Based Clinician, and more recently, a Clinical Supervisor, at a nonprofit mental health organization, providing children and youth Medi-Cal funded individual and family therapy at their respective public schools. In any role, Phil’s passion for social work is dictated by the idea that no matter who you are or what has happened to you, you are not only entitled to, but you can be empowered to live a safe, healthy, happy, and full life. Phil’s additional passions also include music, food, travel, and comic books.

Phil Donney

Lead Therapist

Phil Donney, MSW, LCSW is a Lead Therapist at our...

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Embark Behavioral Health in West Los Angeles, California

11620 Wilshire Blvd.,

Los Angeles, CA 90025 


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Areas Our Therapists Serve in West Los Angeles

Our West LA outpatient program serves a variety of locations throughout Los Angeles, including: 

  • West LA 
  • Santa Monica  
  • Beverly Hills 
  • Culver City 
  • West Hollywood 
  • Burbank 
  • Ladera Heights  
  • Inglewood 
  • Hawthorne 
  • El Segundo 
  • Westmont 
  • West Athens 
  • Glendale 
  • Pasadena  
  • San Fernando  
  • Willowbrook 
  • Gardena 
  • West Rancho Dominguez  
  • Lynwood  
  • Cudahy 
  • Huntington Park 
  • Bell Gardens  
  • Torrance 
  • Long Beach 
  • Huntington Beach 
  • Anaheim  

What Are IOPs and PHPs, and What Should You Expect?

Therapeutic day treatment programs, also known as partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) provide healing mental health treatment that can help your adolescent, teen, or young adult overcome difficult behavioral health challenges. Here’s what you need to know about these outpatient therapy options and how they fit into Embark Behavioral Health’s continuum of care, offered across the United States.