Evolve Treatment Centers Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA

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(5 of 5)
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820 Moraga Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90049

Evolve Treatment Centers Los Angeles Philosophy

The PHP level of care provides clients six hours of treatment, five days a week, from a team of highly trained therapists. At the Partial level of care, clients remain in their home environment while attending our full-day treatment program. Evolve PHP provides an effective alternative to residential or inpatient treatment and may be appropriate for those transitioning from one of these higher levels of care. The IOP level of care provides clients with three hours of treatment, three to five days a week. Evolve IOP may be appropriate for those transitioning from a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or for those who need more structure than weekly psychotherapy. The OP level of care provides clients with three hours of treatment, three to five days a week. Evolve OP may be appropriate for those transitioning from an intensive outpatient program (IOP) or for those who need more structure than weekly psychotherapy.

Areas of Specialization

  • 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.

  • 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.

Facility Highlights

Dr. Lauren Kerwin, Executive Clinical Director, received her training at Harvard/MGH, UCLA and learned DBT through BehaviorTech.

Our evidence based treatment includes DBT, CBT, ABA, 12-step support, family therapy and alumni aftercare.

Professional treatment that addresses each client’s emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual healing.

Meet the Staff

Lydia Mackeogh, Psy.D

Clinical Program Director

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Lydia is a clinical psychologist with over fourteen years’ experience in the mental health field. She’s worked extensively with people suffering from substance abuse disorders, mood disorders, and problems associated with life transitions, bereavement, and ill health. An Irish citizen, she has a passion for travel and has incorporated this into her work as a clinical psychologist. She spent two years living in Cape Town, South Africa, where she received a Postgraduate degree with honors in psychology from Stellenbosch University and extensive training in community mental health issues. She worked in Malawi as a research assistant for an NGO assessing HIV prevalence and providing safe-sex education to people in rural communities. She settled in L.A. in 2008 and received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from CSPP Los Angeles. She was a Supervisor for the Chiron Crisis Response team for several years, going on-scene during crisis situations in the LA area to assist victims and witnesses. She worked in a private practice setting at the Saturday Center for Psychotherapy in Santa Monica where she found great reward working with a mostly young adult population. As Program Director of the Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Program. Lydia is dedicated to working with at-risk youth and providing a safe space for teens who are struggling with life transitions.

Chrystal Pfeiffer

Facility Manager

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Chrystal received her BA in Sociology from UCLA, and brings 10+ years’ experience in healthcare business administration to the Evolve team. In addition, Chrystal has extensive volunteer experience, including tutoring and mentoring youth. Furthermore, she has a strong interest in substance abuse and mental health treatment, and believes whole-heartedly in the mission of Evolve. Chrystal also understands how vital our services are to the adolescent population as she herself relied on therapy services during her teen years as she navigated a difficult time in her life dealing with her mother’s terminal illness. When not at Evolve, Chrystal enjoys being a mother to a beautiful little girl.

Rehabs.com 360 Guide

Review by Rehabs.com Contributors


With six locations throughout Southern California, Evolve Treatment Centers provide residential and outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment to adolescents 12 to 17 years old. Set right off I-405 in Los Angeles, the Bel Air/Brentwood facility offers outpatient treatment for young clients. Medical detoxification is not offered on-site, however the facility can help refer clients to a specialist hospital or detox facility if necessary.


All clients receive an initial assessment upon admission to determine the most appropriate level of care. The facility offers three different levels of program intensity: a partial hospitalization program (PHP), which includes five hours a treatment five days a week; an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which consists of three hours of treatment, three to five days a week; and a general outpatient program (OP) which includes one to two hours of treatment once or twice weekly.

Treatment is individualized and utilizes evidence-based modalities including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). In addition to group therapy, outpatient offerings include family therapy and parent support groups.

The facility also engages young clients in a number of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) techniques such as yoga, meditation, and experiential activities like music and art therapy, dance, hiking, and fitness. Teens are also treated to regular social and cultural outings.


According to the facility’s website, the Bel Air/Brentwood treatment team includes a psychiatrist and two clinical psychologists, along with a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a marriage and family therapy intern.

The office treats a maximum of ten teenagers at a time, offering a staff-to-client ratio of 1:3.


Images on the facility’s website show an attractive, fully renovated office with modern furnishings and artwork. Surrounded by beautiful landscaping that features bright rose bushes, the 5,000 square-foot facility offers a calm and serene environment, and according to the website, features views of the Getty Museum and the Santa Monica Hills.


The two former clients surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave Evolve mixed reviews. One anonymous respondent noted that the organization's swift growth had compromised the quality of its treatment services. However the other reviewer, J.K, gave the facility five out of five stars for its treatment effectiveness and praised the facility for its compassionate staff, its solid treatment modalities, its focus on the disease concept of addiction, and its inclusion of recreational activities.


M.B., the one loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date, also praised the facility, giving it five out of five stars for its treatment effectiveness and describing it as “the best clinical program in SoCa.” The parent credited the facility with saving their daughter’s life.


While Rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff, three staff members from the Bel Air/Brentwood facility offered mixed reviews on Indeed.[1]

One current staffer, who noted that they have been in the recovery industry for 17 years, gave the facility a rating of five out of five stars and described Evolve as “one of the most ethical companies I have worked for.” The reviewer attributed the facility’s success to a number of factors, chief among them being their “expertise in DBT and the therapists extremely small caseload.”

The other two staffers offered negative feedback. Both gave the facility ratings of just one out of five stars, and one described the office as disorganized and chaotic. Both claimed that the company’s main concern was making a profit. “They don't screen clients properly and will take anyone that can pay, and in some cases don't properly train staff to deal with the clients they are bringing in,” said one of the two respondents in a representative negative review.


According to the facility’s website, Evolve is in network with Anthem Blue Cross and Healthnet, and works out of network with many private insurance companies, including Aetna, Amerihealth, United Healthcare, and Humana.

[1] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Evolve-Treatment-Center/reviews

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Evolve is a program that I wanted to work for given the reputation for ethics, integrity and a strong commitment to helping a very special part of our population, adolescents. This is not a "heads on beds" treatment center, it is instead one that truly does the hard work of doing their due diligence when working with families and their children who are in crisis. I have found the staff to be dedicated, focused, educated and willing to advocate for the clients. It has a strong clinical program and a team that is devoted to what is often times very difficult work. Evolve is all about what is in the best interest of the child and how do we best meet their therapeutic needs while supporting and assisting the family. It is a place for adolescents to discover their potential. It is a place for those who want to make a difference in another person's life.

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Best clinical program in SoCa. Staff care about the entire family and are highly effective at getting the problem behaviors under control. My daughter wouldn't be alive if it weren't for this place. Thank you.

This organization has grown too quickly and with disregard to keeping services at a high level

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Strengths: Therapy. Recreational activities. Loving staff. Process groups. Acceptance and commitment therapy, Disease concept, relationship(s) groups and relapse prevention. I would recommend this facility to all age groups. The staff made me feel welcome and comfortable. I got a lot of hard work done in therapy and all the other groups. Acqua only chooses the best places to go for Rec and the therapists are very knowledgeable. The food is awesome and even the kitchen staff is extremely nice and caring.

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