Residential Programs for Teens


Recovery, Healing, and Growth

The adolescent phase of life is riddled with intense feelings and complex emotions. This stage may hinder your child’s ability to mature and cope.

Teens need a haven where they aren’t judged. A place that provides personalized and specialized tools to assist in a smooth transition to adulthood. Polaris’ Residential Treatment Programs give struggling teens the tools they need to live happy, healthy lives. Our staff has the clinical expertise and experience to work through any adolescent challenge and empower teens toward long-term acceptance of themselves and others.

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Individual Care for Individual People

People learn and digest information in differing ways. At Polaris, we know that no two people are alike, which is why we offer tailored, individualized care. By intentionally keeping our census small, our team of clinical experts can give each child and family the attention and time needed to create an individual treatment plan specific to their needs.

Our clients benefit from proven, evidence-based treatments. These treatments help begin building their new foundation of lasting recovery. Each client is different. Polaris utilizes multiple therapeutic modalities and highly personalized care. This approach helps improve outcomes and reduce the chance of relapse. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate the root cause of the destructive behavior. This is achieved by providing adolescents with lasting recovery. This includes foundational tools they can use for the rest of their lives.

Who We Treat

The teen who enters Polaris is one who struggles with everyday functioning. This may be due to a variety of reasons or diagnoses. Our intake & assessment team helps families and providers determine if their child will benefit from our comprehensive program.

Residents in our facility include boys and girls ages 13 through 17, who typically suffer from:


  • Psychological Disorders
  • Behavioral Disorders and Behavioral Health Issues
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Other Social and Emotional Issues

Evidence Based Treatments

Our certified staff offers a wide range of evidence-based treatment modalities. All of our primary and family therapists are trained in the Post Induction Therapy model of developmental immaturity. Our therapeutic facilitators include licensed professionals with specializations in:

Polaris’ clinical team holds degrees in the following: Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, and Pediatrics.

Primary and Family Therapists at Polaris include Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), and Associate Marriage and Family Therapists (AMFT).

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Experiential Treatments

We believe in the power of creating and helping others in order to find one’s true calling and sense of purpose. With groups like Music Therapy, Creative Writing, Art Therapy, and Service Oriented work, teens are given an opportunity to express themselves via a variety of mediums and be of help to their community.

Additionally, we understand that sometimes the most powerful breakthroughs happen through experience. We have included a variety of experiential groups and physical activity in our programming. Experiential therapy activities include Brain Spotting, Surfing, Meditation as well as Yoga, Hiking and Swimming. Your child requires a treatment team of dedicated, experienced experts skilled at assessment, treatment and aftercare planning. Discover the Polaris Difference. Contact our intake & assessment team to learn more about our residential treatment centers. Schedule a tour or verify insurance benefits.

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Experiential Treatment Groups Include:


  • Surfing Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Martial Arts and Physical Training

Creative Arts

  • Music Therapy
  • Creative Writing
  • Art Therapy
  • Drama and Improv

Recreational Therapy

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Gardening
  • Outings (museums, movies, beach)
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Teen Mental Health Facts


20% of adolescents have a diagnosable mental health disorder.


For young individuals ages 15-24, suicide is the second leading cause of death.


15-18% of teens experience a mood episode by the time they are 18.


30% of teens with depression develop a substance abuse addiction.


80% of teens with anxiety disorder and 60% of teens with depression didn’t receive treatment in 2015.

1 in 5

1 in 5 young people struggle with a mental illness. Only 4% of our health care budget goes toward mental health support.

2005 to 2014

From 2005 to 2014, adolescents who had major depressive episodes increased by ⅓.

Strong Bonds

Adolescents who have a strong bond with a caring adult are less likely to engage in risky behaviors.
Healthy People
Child Trends
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A Focused Education

While in our residential program, your teen will work with a team of certified psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists, counselors, and pediatricians with advanced degrees in adolescent mental health.

Individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy comprise a large part of our programming. Each child will also continue working on his or her schooling. Individual school requirements are met through an in-house class time that meets five days a week. Our Education Coordinator, a multi-subject credentialed teacher with extensive adolescent mental health experience, is able to work with your child on his or her educational goals. Promoting structured study habits that lead to success in and out of the classroom.

Our teacher also acts as a liaison between the child’s current school. They will enroll the child in an online program and work towards college applications or a GED. Or whatever the child specifically needs. Polaris’ Education Coordinator will take the residents on several outings during their stay. Whether to the library, a cultural landmark, or one of Los Angeles’ many museums.

Find the Right Help for Your Family.

Call today to speak with an admissions specialist or to learn more about our programs