Frequently Asked Questions

Teen Programs Frequently Asked Questions

Deciding to get help is an important decision. Our team is dedicated to supporting your teen and family in determining what type of therapy will best meet your needs. Our Intake Coordinator will meet with you and your family to work with you to determine whether what level of care would best meet your family’s current needs. Our team offers Individual Therapy, two Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programs; Engage Me and Engage Beyond, one Young Adult Intensive Outpatient Program; Engage Thrive and a full Day Program; Engage Renew.

Individual therapy is typically the first level of care our team provides. Often, when teens act out behaviorally it is usually their way of expressing that something is wrong with them or their family. Teens can often have difficulty making sense of and expressing their emotions. A change in academic performance, anger, withdrawal or somatic complaints can be a cry for help. If there is not a safety concern, individual therapy is often the best first step. However, if your teen engages in self-injurious behavior, begins to socially isolate themselves, is no longer interested in things they used to enjoy, expresses frequent self-criticism, or inaccurately perceives that others are criticizing them, this may be reason to consider more than individual therapy. This decision should be considered with the support of the teen’s current and regular therapist. If your teenager is not seeing a therapist, we offer a free intake assessment to determine the appropriate level of care.

Our Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) provide a short term increased level of support in order to help your teen more quickly develop the skills necessary to establish more safe and healthy behaviors. Individuals currently may have a significant disruption in school behaviors, academic performance, possible drug use or self-harm behaviors, and may be safety concerns for the individual. A client who is a best fit for IOP is typically able to be challenged by the therapeutic process without concern for unsafe behaviors or the use of drugs and alcohol being used to cope. Teens participate in this program three days a week for three hours each day. We have three different Intensive Outpatient Programs; see Our Programs page for more information. Often, an individual in our IOP has been to individual therapy in the past but it has not provided enough therapeutic intervention and support to see significant change, or the individuals symptoms have progressed and they need additional support to provide safe treatment. Individuals participating in this program are strongly encouraged to continue individual therapy in conjunction with the program since a client’s individual therapist will be a longer term relationship verses our program which is designed to be more short term. Our team will work to coordinate your teens & young adults care to make sure they are getting the best treatment available and can transition them back to individual therapy as soon as possible.

As out of network providers we work with most PPO and HMO plans for our Intensive Outpatient Programs. These services are typically covered by insurance plans and vary in the level of coverage provided for treatment. Please contact our main office to discuss how we can support you in getting the best coverage possible.

Youth Enrolled in the Adolescent Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program typically work on building skills in the following areas:

  • Social withdraw
  • Blaming others for his or her own feelings
  • Extreme moods
  • Rejection of previously held values
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Change in peer group

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Address: 650 Hampshire Road Suite 104 Westlake Village, California 91361
Phone: 805-497-0605