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Teen Trauma Treatment in Los Angeles

Life is never easy on anyone. Some teenagers may experience severe family traumas, witness tragedies, shootings, or deadly accidents in their lives. Some may have suffered physical or sexual abuse in their youth. The effects of these traumas may vary, but these kinds of events can result in traumatic illnesses like PTSD a majority of the time. This is why it’s important to get your child the help they need before they turn to substances to alleviate their symptoms.

Understanding Teen Trauma

What is Teen Trauma?

Clinical trauma is a severe psychological disorder that might arise in individuals who have been through a very traumatic experience in life. This this trauma is known as post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. PTSD in teens negatively affects all areas of a their life, from avoidance syndrome to frequent flashbacks, and even terrible nightmares.

Teen PTSD Signs

PTSD Symptoms in Teens

Traumatic memories and experiences are difficult to get rid of, especially in teenagers. In addition, the effect of trauma differs from one adolescent to another. Some of the most common PTSD symptoms in teens include:
  • Feeling nervous or anxious
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Increased anger resulting in fights.
  • Promiscuity
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Running away from home or triggering situations
  • Disturbed sleep routines
  • Inability to concentrate in school.
  • Continuous flashbacks, leading the sense that the traumatic event keeps happening
  • The feeling of being disconnected from their bodies or dissociation

Teenage Trauma

Goals of Teen Trauma Treatment

As a caring parent or loved one, it is best to understand the benefits of PTSD treatment in teens before your child begins their therapy sessions. It is also essential to be aware of your teen’s trauma, what the triggers are, and how they react to them. Cited below are some of the primary goals of teen trauma PTSD Treatment.


Learning how to cope with trauma is a primary goal of teen trauma treatment. This may include teaching teens healthy ways to express their emotions, manage stress, practice relaxation techniques, and develop resilience.


Many teens who experience trauma also develop substance abuse issues. Trauma treatment includes helping the teen identify and address their addiction so they can begin a path to recovery.


Many teens who have experienced trauma feel out of control and helpless. Treatment can help them regain control over their lives by developing problem-solving skills and strategies to manage their feelings.


Trauma treatment helps teens to focus on the present instead of continually returning to the past traumatic event. This can help them gain perspective and understanding to help them move forward.


Teens who experience trauma may have physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms. Trauma treatment helps teens to understand their symptoms and learn how to manage them.


Trauma treatment can help teens to accept the past trauma for what is was, work through their emotions related to the trauma and find closure they need to move forward.

Teen Trauma Treatment Options

Treatment for PTSD in Teens

Teens tend to respond very differently to PTSD treatments, so we look for the best possible way to identify and approach a patient’s trauma. Teens react to the same circumstances differently, so the causes of PTSD can be subjective. While traumatic experiences are likely to trigger depression and anxiety, symptoms must be severe for teens to be diagnosed with PTSD. Key Healthcare provides multiple teen trauma treatment options in Los Angeles, CA. We develop individualized treatment plans to ensure long-term recovery. For teens who are particularly challenging to manage, we also offer a specialized programs for out of control teenager. If you are interested in learning more about our adolescent depression treatment options, contact us today.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)

Our adolescent IOP program for trauma and PTSD takes place 9 hours per week over the course of 4-12 weeks. Your teen will participate in therapy sessions that help them work through their trauma and move forward.

Partial Hospitalization Treatment (PHP)

Our PHP for adolescents trauma & PTSD takes place 8 hours per day, 5 days a week, for 3-4 weeks. Teens will attend therapy sessions where they will develop the coping skills needed to manage their PTSD and treat underlying mental health issues like depression.

Teen Residential Treatment Program

Key Healthcare’s teen residential treatment program is a 45-60 day program in Malibu, California, where adolescents receive the highest level of care, with 24/7 support.

Extended Care

Our male-only teen extended care facility for trauma and PTSD is a combination of our partial hospitalization program and sober living. Your teen will have around-the-clock support to treat all mental health and substance abuse issues related to his PTSD.

Individual and Group Therapy

We utilize various group therapy for young adults to treat trauma and dual-diagnosis substance abuse, including cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior, and acceptance and commitment therapy. During sessions, teens will learn coping skills and how to process their emotions.

Insurances We Accept

Up to 100% of the Costs Covered by Insurance

Key Healthcare works with a majority of health insurance providers and depending on your plan, 100% of the costs may be covered. Verify your insurance to get more information about your coverage.

Teen Trauma Treatment Experts

Ryan Blivas Key Healthcare

Ryan Blivas is one of the co-founders of Key Healthcare in Los Angeles, CA.

Evan Powell

Evan Powell is one of the co-founders of Key Healthcare in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by his own treatment journey, he and Ryan set out to change the narrative for clients, and help them find a brighter path.

Nick Lodato Licenses Family Therapist Key Healthcare Los Angeles

As Executive Director, Nick oversees the quality of care clients receive and focuses on improving their daily lives.

Vinsent Franke, CADC-II, MBA

Vinsent brings 15 years of operational experience to ensure quality of care and expert-level treatment is delivered to all clients.

Matt Metcalf, MSW, LCSW, BICBT-CC

Matt Metcalf is the founder and owner of DBT Tri-Counties, a clinical social work practice.

Marc Heiser, MD

Dr. Marc Heiser, MD/PHD, is a board-certified psychiatrist who holds both an MD and a PHD in neuroscience from USF.

Ali Angle, MA, AMFT

Ali's approach is grounded in continued assurance of a safe environment, where she strives to help clients connect with themselves.

Garland Gerber, MA, MFT, CADAC-II

Garland is a family systems expert who spends time advocating for Substance Use Disorders with the Los Angeles District Attorney.

Lauren Dummit, LMFT

Lauren is experienced in treating trauma and addiction (eating disorders, substance abuse, & other behavioral addictions.)

Eric Katende, MA, AMFT

Eric describes himself as LGBTQIA+ affirmative, promoting body positivity and well versed in issues related to gender.

Frances Cocksedge, MA, AMFT

Frances' approach draws from her creative background, integrating expressive arts with psychodynamic analysis.

Matt Cox, CADAC -I

Matt is an experienced operations expert with a vast knowledge of both Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders.

Katrina Sullivan

Katrina graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology. She has brought this expertise and care to her role as she helps families navigate the admissions process.

Alicia Brown

After spending 3 years in admissions, Alicia brings a wealth of knowledge and resources to help spread awareness of Key Healthcare.

Chanelle Catuogno

Chanelle specializes in surf therapy, where she has been a professional surf instructor for the past 6 years.

Julie Mond, MA, AMFT

Julie brings a holistic approach where all parts of ourselves are welcome, mind, body, and soul. She believes in the deep healing transformational power of the creative expressive arts, weaving creative writing, theater, and art into her work, especially with groups.

Connor Gray, CADAC

Conor has gained experience working in the field of recovery services as a recovery coach and support staff for 7 years.

Argishti Stephanian, M.S.

Argishti is Key Healthcare’s Academic Director and Family Academic Advisor.

Kash Dabbagh

Kash has 6+ years of experience working with teens and their families through various roles in the mental health setting. He is now a Case Manager and Group Facilitator.

Sam Meyer

Sam graduated with a BA in Psychology from CU Boulder and has a background in directorial, admissions, direct care, and marketing roles in mental health treatment.

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