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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Compassionate Support for Teen Depression

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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

Meet the Team

We believe that the effectiveness of the treatment program relies heavily on the bond between the teen and their therapist, rather than solely on the clinical modalities and various therapeutic techniques employed. That is why our staff members are relatable, resourceful and fearless when it comes to finding creative solutions for each client.

Leadership Team

Dr. David Jacobson, PsyD, LCSW

David Jacobson (Dr. David), PsyD, LCSW, proudly possesses a rich 14-year history as a Clinical Director and researcher, focusing on Adolescent Mental Health and Substance Use at Key Healthcare.

Dr. Gregory Barnett, MD

Dr. Gregory Barnett, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, in his role as the Medical Director at Key Healthcare, Dr. Barnett is dedicated to providing unparalleled clinical and psychiatric care.

Vinsent Franke, CADC-II, MBA

Vincent Franke leverages 15 years of operational expertise to uphold Key Healthcare’s commitment to delivering top-tier care and expert-level treatment to all clients.

Michelle Smith

In her role as VP of Clinical Partnerships, Michelle is dedicated to advancing the mission of Key Healthcare by forging strategic alliances with clinical partners committed to delivering exceptional care to adolescents and their families.

Ryan Blivas

Ryan Blivas is a behavioral healthcare entrepreneur and teen mental health advocate who is passionate about finding solutions to combat the teen mental health crisis in America.

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.

Clinical & Medical Team

Chanelle Catuogno,  ACSW

Chanelle specializes in trauma therapy, trained in ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) and brings years of experience from private practice to her role at Key Healthcare.

Rocky Trombetti, MA, AMFT

Rocky serves as a family and group therapist within the adolescent treatment programs at Key Healthcare, specializing in supporting teens through their journey to recovery.

Amanda Ebersberger, AMFT

Amanda Ebersberger, AMFT, APCC, is a clinical therapist from Southern California with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles.

James Wilcox, MA, AMFT

James Wilcox is a dedicated family and group therapist within the Teen Treatment Programs at Key Healthcare, providing specialized support to adolescents as they navigate their path to recovery.

Jordan Werner, AMFT

Jordan possess particular expertise in treating borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, relationship challenges, and trauma-related experiences.

Matt Cox, CADAC -I

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

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Matt Metcalf is a DBT Program Director at Key Healthcare. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with adolescents and their families for over 15 years.

Phillip Codd

With years of experience in all levels of the care continuum, Phil leverages his knowledge and experience of Quality Assurance and Compliance to ensure operational excellence at Key Healthcare’s Outpatient Facility.

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