A Premier Short-Term Residential Treatment Center in Los Angeles

Our short-term residential treatment center in Los Angeles, located in the San Fernando Valley region of California, offers an inpatient mental health program perfect for teens and young adults struggling with substance abuse issues and behavioral health issues like anxiety and depression. Our  beautiful location in Southern California provides a peaceful, serene setting for your family member to reflect and grow.

For young people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions in the Los Angeles area struggling with anxiety, depression, anger issues, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, and other mental health issues, the earlier they’re diagnosed, the more effective our residential treatment center can be. Identifying behaviors and symptoms early and getting help, including specialized care, can prevent further and more severe problems from developing later.

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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment at Our Los Angeles Treatment Center

Our therapists believe that substance abuse and addiction co-occur alongside many mental health struggles. With that in mind, our residential treatment center helps youth in Los Angeles understand how to navigate difficult drug and alcohol issues while also overcoming mental illnesses like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, and depression. Our facility’s treatment options include self-management and recovery training (SMART), substance abuse recovery, substance abuse counseling, and substance abuse education.

Conditions We Treat

Inpatient Treatment and Therapies Offered

Our facility's mental health services are highly recognized. Specialized inpatient treatments and areas of focus at our Los Angeles location include:

Insurance Reimbursement

Short-term care at our Los Angeles treatment center is frequently reimbursed by insurance plans. To determine if your insurance plan will cover the cost of inpatient care, contact our team or fill out our insurance verification form. We’ll work with your insurance company for free to help you understand your benefits. Let us help you demystify insurance coverage for short-term residential treatment.

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We Serve Families Across the Country

Our facility offers coed short-term residential care and support for teens and young adults who may be struggling with behavioral health issues. Located a short drive from the Los Angeles city center, our residential treatment center is proud to offer clients and families in Southern California and around the country customized inpatient mental health treatment from clinicians who use evidence-based methods.

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A Day at Our Los Angeles Treatment Center

Our program offers a structured, supportive environment designed to promote healing, self-care, and emotional wellness. The schedule for clients at our Southern California facility includes mental health and daily living activities, individual and group therapy, exercise, and meals. This approach, in combination with family therapy, is designed to build confidence, strengthen relationships, and improve social-emotional functioning.

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Wake Up

8 a.m.
Breakfast

9:30 a.m.
Group Therapy

11 a.m.
Workshops

12:30 p.m.
Lunch

1 p.m.
Therapy

4 p.m.
Wellness

4 p.m.
Family Therapy

6 p.m.
Dinner

8 p.m.
Living Skills

9 p.m.
Wind Down

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Therapeutic Activities

In addition to traditional therapy methods, our residential treatment center’s beautiful Los Angeles location will allow teens and young adults to participate in therapeutic and experiential activities like music therapy, sensory activities, walking/hiking, and cultural events.

Here are some examples of activities teens and young adults can participate in at our beautiful Southern California location:

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Animal interactions

Painting

Music therapy 

Poetry 

Horticultural therapy 

Sensory work 

 

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Karaoke 

Service projects 

Baking 

Gardening 

Dinner out  

Community events  

Nutrition coaching 

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Intellectual

Museums 

Cultural events 

Attending plays 

Improv workshops 

Educational workshops 

Career workshops 

Aquariums 

Zoo 

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Physical

Strength training 

Basketball 

Running 

Soccer 

Snowshoeing 

Hiking 

Fitness coaching  

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Spiritual

Yoga

Sound bath

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Our Therapists and Team

Ali Griner - Therapist - Woodland Hills CA

Ali Griner

Position: Therapist
Ali holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University Northridge. Ali is a relational therapist who uses a strength-based approach; assisting clients in developing insight into their identity in order to help them walk through life authentically.  Ali implements a more hands-on, experiential approach when clients are not benefiting from traditional talk therapy. She strives to provide an encouraging, non-judgmental place for clients to share their experiences and is not afraid to be direct when needed. Depending on the client’s unique need, Ali utilizes tools from DBT, CBT, Narrative Therapy, Logotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, and loves Psychodynamic interventions such as dream interpretation. In her free time she loves to swim, snowboard, bike, create, read/learn and spend time with loved ones.
Ali Griner - Therapist - Woodland Hills CA

Ali Griner

Therapist

Ali holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an...

Alisa

Position: Therapist
Alisa received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute. She has a strong passion for the field of psychology and for supporting others on their life path through the power of therapy. She began her work at the California Counseling Center providing therapy to children, adolescents, couples and families. She also served as a child therapist, for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she conducted both individual and group therapy for students at an elementary through high school level. Her passion for the mental health field began as an undergraduate student at UCSB where she volunteered as a Paraprofessional Counselor, for the Family Service Agency Suicide Crisis Helpline. She also worked as a research assistant at Verdugo Mental Health Clinic. She has had extensive training in Social Skills and Violence Prevention/Anti-Bullying and has run countless social skills groups and parenting workshops.  Alisa additionally has training in DBT, CBT and TF-CBT. Alisa is enthusiastic about the work that she does at Embark and the opportunity to help young adults and teens on their journey. She believes in the importance of finding joy and balance in life and building a healthy repertoire of skills to manage day-to-day life. When Alisa is not working she is focused on her other passion which is her family. She loves spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Alisa

Therapist

Alisa received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy...

Elisabeth White

Position: Enrollment Director
Elisabeth White received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in May 2002. She went on to complete her master’s degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies, with a focus in Community Mental Health, in 2012. Her focus was on Harm Reduction and Buddhist psychology while in graduate school. Elisabeth has a history of working in community-based organizations and those active in improving policies regarding behavioral health treatment in the United States. Elisabeth initially came to OPI in 2020 as a Life Coach. Once Ms. White obtained her LMFT, she transitioned to her current position as Enrollment Director for Embark at Woodland Hills. Ms. White focuses on CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and a trauma-informed approach when working with clients. She uses these techniques to empower clients to activate their own healing and recovery. Elisabeth helps support clients in integrating the skills learned in treatment to create sustained wellness. Along with her duties as Enrollment Director, Elisabeth runs weekly groups, provides individual therapy sessions, and works closely with family members and loved ones to facilitate long-term client recovery.

Elisabeth White

Enrollment Director

Elisabeth White received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in...

Grant Gamble

Position: Counselor
Grant Gamble is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC-II). He started working in dual-diagnosis treatment in 2015 as a primary case manager for a residential young adult program. Grant received his Bachelor of Arts, in Psychology, from California State University of Northridge. Grant is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is a Certified SMART Recovery Group Facilitator. Grant has experience working with clients diagnosed with both substance abuse and mental health diagnoses. He has a great interest in and understanding of the recovery process for teens and young adults. Grant believes in an entire mind and body connection in order to maintain long-term recovery. He focuses on helping steer client’s focus to their individualized treatment plan by supporting them in five major competencies he believes are essential in the life long recovery process (Life Skills, Recovery, Fitness, Productivity, and Emotional Well-Being). Grant is an avid swimmer, surfer, and live music attendee!

Grant Gamble

Counselor

Grant Gamble is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC-II)....

Hannah Sandler

Position: Therapist
Hannah graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University Northridge and earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant University.  She is trained in DBT, TF-CBT, and has expertise in Parent Effectiveness Training. Hannah has worked in the mental health field, in multiple settings, since 2010. She has a passion for working with the neurodiverse population, as well as neurotypical teenagers and young adults. In her free time, Hannah enjoys the beach, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her bulldog, Cinderella.

Hannah Sandler

Therapist

Hannah graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California...

Jessica Breton

Position: Executive Director - OPI, Woodland Hills
Jessica Breton has been at OPI since 2009, holding the positions of licensed therapist, Clinical Program Director and now Executive Director. Jessica holds a BA in psychology from University of California at Santa Barbara and has a Masters degree from Phillips Graduate Institute in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She received Training in Mentalization-based Treatment Approach in Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder through UCLA Semel Institute. She also has training in Treating Multiple Severe Disorders with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with Michael Hollander, Ph.D., from Harvard/McLean Hospital. Additionally, Jessica has training in Trauma Focused CBT and CBT. Prior to Embark, Jessica has served as a Marriage and Family Therapist with the California Family Counseling Center, has worked in several Los Angeles Unified School District elementary, middle and High Schools and has maintained a small private practice. Ms. Breton is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. At her heart, She is a passionate clinician. Jessica strongly believes that the relationships we build with clients and staff members helps to create an environment conducive to growth, healing, and change. When not at work, Jessica loves spending time with her husband and 2 boys.

Jessica Breton

Executive Director - OPI, Woodland Hills

Jessica Breton has been at OPI since 2009, holding the...

June Dean

Position: Therapist
June earned her Master’s in Social Work from California State University Northridge. Her passion for mental health stems from her desire to foster healing within her community and to end the stigma around mental health. She has spent most of her professional career serving adolescents, young adults, and families within the Department of Mental Health. She has experience working alongside clients who experience an array of challenges including Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, and Substance use. She utilizes an array of evidence-based practices to guide treatment including CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and trauma-informed interventions. June utilizes a strengths-based and family systems approach to help clients and their families find hope, joy, peace, healing, and purpose in their lives. In her free time, June enjoys spending time in nature, binge-watching Netflix, fitness, and spending time with her husband and dogs. “Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” – Tori Amos

June Dean

Therapist

June earned her Master’s in Social Work from California State...

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Los Angeles Treatment Center FAQ

During inpatient treatment at our Los Angeles center, youth maintain a shared schedule designed to help heal mental health and substance abuse issues. On a typical day, they’ll wake up at the same time, eat a healthy breakfast, do yoga or meditate, participate in a range of group and individual therapies, take part in therapeutic activities like sound baths or swimming, and wind down at night with a nutritious dinner and group support. This shared schedule provides 24 hours of care so that teens and young adults can learn healthy ways of living and overcome difficult mental health issues.    

The main differences between our short-term care and a typical inpatient treatment program are the treatment environment and length of stay. Our beautiful location in Los Angeles  provides teens and young adults with residential treatment in a healing, nurturing setting and a schedule that mirrors home life but with therapy mixed in throughout the day. Inpatient treatment usually takes place in a hospital environment. Our facility also provides a longer treatment time, lasting around 90 days on average compared to an inpatient hospitalization stay that often lasts for several days. 

The length of treatment differs for each teen and young adult, but on average, short-term treatment at our Los Angeles treatment center lasts around 90 days. 

Youth from all over the United States can come to our Los Angeles facility for the intensive 24-hour care it can provide for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse issues. For youths who have safety issues or a lack of support at home or who need a high level of care after an inpatient hospitalization or outpatient treatment, our short-term residential treatment center can be a good option. 

Our residential treatment is necessary when your teen or young adult’s mental health needs are too great for outpatient care or when they’re stepping down in treatment intensity, for example from an inpatient hospitalization program. Short-term care can also be a good option if someone feels unsafe at home or is trying to break out of a negative daily routine. 

It can be hard for teens and young adults to think about or accept going to a short-term residential treatment center to address their difficult mental health issues. Help motivate your child to embrace this type of treatment by asking open-ended questions about their situation and how this experience could improve it. Reassure them you’ll provide support by participating in family therapy during their stay and maintaining regular communication with them while they’re at the facility. Share success stories from short-term residential treatment programs. We’re happy to provide a few testimonials from our Embark locations

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A Continuum of Mental Health Care Offered Across the U.S.   

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If short-term residential programs don’t offer the level of care your teen or young adult needs, Embark Behavioral Health offers a range of exceptional treatment and therapy options across the United States.

From virtual counseling to outpatient therapy, our robust continuum of care will provide the right level of treatment to help your child overcome difficult mental health challenges.

Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how they’re changing the lives of adolescents, teens, and young adults across the U.S., helping them embrace a fulfilling and purposeful future.

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Short-Term Residential at OPI

6123 Woodlake Ave,

Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Outpatient Therapy in Los Angeles

If your young adult would benefit from living at home, check out OPI’s nearby outpatient clinic. Located a quick 10 minute drive away from our Los Angeles residential treatment center, our clinic provides healing outpatient care that can help young adult youth overcome difficult mental health and substance abuse issues.

OPI individual therapy office for young adults with anxiety, depression, and OCD.

Offering outpatient therapy for mental health challenges like anxiety and depression, our therapists help with the full range of difficult behavioral health issues treated by our short-term residential facility, but our outpatient therapy can be done while patients maintain their daily at-home schedule. Our clinic provides a variety of treatment options including group therapy, individual therapy, a day treatment program (also known as a partial hospitalization program or PHP), and an intensive outpatient program (IOP).

Give us a call to learn more about OPI’s short-term residential and outpatient therapy options in Los Angeles!

Outpatient Therapy at OPI

21051 Warner Center Ln #230,

Woodland Hills, CA 91367