Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
Ascend Healthcare for Adolescents Philosophy
Ascend Healthcare provides residential treatment to teens in a luxurious and comfortable environment, with a focus on evidence-based therapies. We stress the critical roles that family and empowerment play within one’s journey to recovery. We connect with teens, helping them with their self-esteem, offering comprehensive educational services and providing them with support systems to last them well beyond their tenure at our facility. We treat many disorders, including substance abuse, depression, anxiety and trauma.
Areas of Specialization
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs 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.
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.
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.
Client & Family Support Groups
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 abuse, 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.
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.
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.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
Meet the Staff
Meg Newman is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has a BA in Psychology from the University of San Francisco and an MS in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University at Long Beach. Meg has supervised MFT trainees and provided individual and group psychotherapy for clients struggling with substance abuse, trauma, and other mental health disorders. Meg has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings with adolescents struggling with substance abuse, eating disorders, and other behavioral issues, and she notes that issues related to trauma lay beneath the presenting behaviors that bring clients in for treatment. She has received extensive training in evidence-based trauma treatments, and the Trauma Resiliency Model.
Dr. Egan studied neuroscience at the University of Texas before moving on to medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After having her first child at the end of medical school, she became interested in child behavior and development, and pursued residency and Child and Adolescent fellowship at UCLA, specializing in the early diagnosis and treatment of childhood disorders and working with families to improve communication and relationships in order to help children thrive. Since her early training, Dr. Egan has devoted part of her work to low-income community clinics in the Los Angeles area.
Effie Goldberg has over 13 years of experience as a business executive and as a community leader. His record of decisiveness, initiative, and perseverance has made him into a creative, innovative, and effective leader. His 20+ year commitment to teens is well known in the Jewish and non-profit worlds, and his continued focus on the intersection of adolescence and wellbeing has created a unique, driven, and devoted program of recovery, healing, and mindfulness at Ascend Healthcare.
Rae Balmuth has been a practicing educator in Los Angeles for over a decade. She is driven by a desire to provide each of her students with strong self-concept in both the classroom and community. Through privatized education organizations, Rae has offered tutoring, behavior therapy, and neurodevelopmental coaching. Her graduate program at University of California Riverside provided opportunities to work alongside school faculties as an educational aide and reading intervention coach. She combines traditional learning with opportunities for experiential application, and is skilled in understanding the array of cognitive, physical, and emotional factors that affect classroom performance. In addition to leading academic interventions, Rae has worked as an artist educator and practices dance, drawing, and yoga.
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