Evolve Treatment Centers Ojai in Ojai, CA

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599 Quail Oaks Drive
Ojai CA 93023

Evolve Treatment Centers Ojai Philosophy

At the Residential level of care, clients live on-site with 24-hour support and supervision. With 6 clients per home, Evolve is able to instill strength in our teens through physical, emotional and spiritual healing.

Evolve's treatment focuses on adolescent Substance Abuse, Mental Health, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Asperger’s, ODD, ADHD and OCD. Through DBT, we teach the skills to regulate emotions and improve impulse control.

Our evidence based treatment includes dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), applied behavioral analysis (ABA), 12-step support and family therapy. Clients receive regular individual sessions with their licensed primary therapist, psychiatric evaluations and psychological testing, if needed.

We maintain a setting that provides a sense of security, while simultaneously providing a nurturing environment that includes comfortable living quarters, school area, fully equipped gym, swimming pool, chef, ample grounds, basketball, tennis and/or volleyball courts, ping-pong and more.

Our staff provides the highest caliber of care in the most compassionate and humanistic way. The clinical staff is comprised of a psychiatrist, nurses, and licensed therapists. Our counseling staff is comprised of experienced counselors and certified recovery coaches, all of whom bring a diverse and eclectic background to the treatment experience.

For our potential clients, we want you to learn that you will have fun in recovery! We do this by offering experiential therapies including art, equine, music and surf. You will engage in personal exploration through culinary arts, boxing, gardening, hiking, meditation, physical fitness, sports and much, much more.

Our goal is to create the foundation to a healthy and productive lifestyle beyond Evolve.

Areas of Specialization

  • Aftercare Support
    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

Facility Highlights

Experiential therapies including Equine, music, yoga, art, surf and boxing.

Weekly sessions with a primary therapist and psychiatrist. Nurses on site daily. Psychological testing available.

Meet the Staff

Elise Guthmann, LMFT

Clinical Program Director

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Elise has been working in the field of mental health since 2010 and in residential programs since 2012. She earned her BA at the University of Wisconsin and her MA at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. She’s passionate about her work with teens in recovery, and loves using out-of-the-box approaches to best meet the needs of each individual client and family. She’s often described as warm, understanding, and playful.

Danielle Castro, LVN

Facility Manager

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Danielle graduated from the Career Care Institute as a Licensed Nurse in 2013. With 10 years’ experience working with individuals, children, and groups, she’s passionate about providing clients with a safe and caring therapeutic environment in which they can gain the skills necessary to be a better version of themselves. She believes in providing a kind, open, and welcoming environment. She’s detail-oriented, and strives to enhance her knowledge base through continuing education, certification courses, and professional community involvement. In her spare time, she enjoys quality time with her children, camping, and riding dirt bikes.

Rehabs.com 360 Guide

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Evolve Ojai is one of six Evolve Treatment Centers locations, all of which provide behavioral health treatments for adolescents ages 12 to 17 needing treatment for substance abuse, mental health disorders, or behavioral health concerns. Located 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean and forty minutes from Santa Barbara, the Ojai, Calif. facility operates a small residential treatment program with 24/7 support and supervision. Detox is not available at this facility.


The admissions process begins a three-step process, starting with a pre-screening. Intake specialists ask a series of questions to pre-qualify the teen for the program. During the admission process, clients complete a thorough assessment that evaluates the client’s medical, treatment, symptom, academic, and hospital histories. Once approved for enrollment, the staff works with clients to develop an individualized recovery plan designed to meet their specific needs.

The treatment process uses several evidence-based approaches, as well as holistic and experiential therapies. The center offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), applied behavioral analysis (ABA), and mindfulness-based approaches. Participation in 12-step fellowship is also an important part of the treatment process.

The goal of the treatment program is to help adolescents develop coping skills, learn about themselves, and build relationships. Treatment at Evolve Ojai makes use of individual and group therapy, as well as family therapy as needed.

Teens participate in several group sessions per day which can include group DBT, multi-family support group, process groups, and a commitment group which focuses on a specific recovery topic. Parenting groups are available for families.

In addition to traditional therapies, clients may also participate in equine therapy, yoga, mindful cooking, mindful walking, and meditation, along with music, art, and dance therapies.


The treatment staff at Evolve Ojai includes an affiliated psychiatrist, several licensed marriage and family therapists, and a masters-level social worker. Evolve is accredited by the Joint Commission, placing it among 19% of U.S. facilities with the accreditation.


The small residential center is set in a peaceful, private setting and has a capacity of six residents who sleep in shared rooms. The interior of the facility is comfortable and homelike and includes a TV room, swimming pool, and fully-equipped gym.

A national forest and coastal ranges border Ojai, and residents can take advantage of trips to the beach, movies, museums, and more. There are also opportunities for hiking, boxing, and surfing, and a chef prepares meals on-site.


At the time of this writing, the one alum polled by Rehabs.com to date praised the facility. E.G., wrote: "The Ojai residential location offers a program filled with staff members who love what they do and are truly dedicated to the treatment process." The alum described the facility as “cozy” and “lovely” before indicating that there was lots of variety in the programming.

On Facebook, which the facility can manage, Evolve Treatment Centers had a single five out of five-star review and a pair of one-star reviews, at the time of this writing.[1] While one parent wrote about the “compassion and understanding” staff, the two alumni who left one-star ratings reported ineffective treatment. “All about your money. When insurance stops paying they toss clients out,” one reviewer wrote.


On Indeed, Evolve Treatment Centers earned an average rating of 3.4 out of five stars from 16 reviews to date.[2] Quite a few reviews indicated that management could be improved, with one former employee advising that “management needs to treat employees like adults,” while another wrote that “upper management there has no idea how to run a treatment center.” Despite this, several employees felt that they were able to “make a difference in another person’s life.”


Evolve Ojai accepts private insurance and is in-network with Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthnet. The center also works on an out-of-network basis with Cigna, Aetna, United Healthcare, and others. For clients that have insurance that will not cover treatment, Evolve can help negotiate a one-time coverage agreement with insurance companies.


Evolve uses social media extensively to promote awareness and treatment options for mental illness, especially among teens and adolescents. Many of its posts revolve around the growing mental and behavioral illness epidemic across the country.

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

Published on August 2018

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The Ojai residential location offers a program filled with staff members who love what they do and are truly dedicated to the treatment process. The facility is a lovely and cozy home, and the program schedule with lots of variety, but what makes this program really special are the various staff members from all walks of life who really care and connect with the clients on a very personal level.


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