Destinations for Teens Topanga
Topanga , Topanga, California, 92090
Destinations focuses on Family Systems Therapy at the core of our care. Family Systems Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps individuals resolve their problems in the context of the whole family. Each family member works together with the others to better understand their group dynamic and how their individual actions affect each other and the family unit as a whole. One of the most important premises of Family Systems Therapy is that what happens to one member of a family happens to everyone in the family.
- Day School
- Family Program
- 2:1 Staff to Client Ratio
Client & Family Support GroupsGroup 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.
Family ProgramResearch 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 use, 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.
Meet the Staff
- Dr. Baback Bob Gabbay, M.D.Chief Medical OfficerDr. Gabbay is a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, as well as adolescent mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Dr. Gabbay attended medical school training at UCLA and completed both general adult psychiatry residency and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has had extensive training within the realm of emergency psychiatry room, inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment settings. His clinical experience encompasses providing medication management and therapy services to a diverse range of clients, with specialized intensive clinical training with dual diagnosis clients (patients with substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders). Dr. Gabbay’s philosophy towards medication management follows a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Clinical information is gathered from multiple sources (client, family, school, therapist, nursing, and outside referral sources) in order to make an informed decision regarding a definitive diagnosis and appropriate medication recommendations. Dr. Gabbay evaluates all clients whether they are prescribed medication or not.
- Cynthia A. Della Ripa, LMFTClinical LiaisonCynthia Della Ripa is a Licensed, Marriage and Family therapist and the Clinical Liaison at Destinations For Teens. Cynthia focuses on connecting with clinicians, doctors, psychiatrists and other healing professionals in the community to build awareness, provide information and ensure adolescents are getting the help they need in an appropriate environment. In addition, Cynthia oversees Destinations P.E.P. Talks (Prepare. Educate. Prevent) which offers education to local elementary, middle and high schools on topics of mental health, addiction and overall well-being. Cynthia is passionate about prevention through mindfulness, awareness and education.