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Ascend Healthcare for Adolescents

4.8 Excellent (9 Reviews) |
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4.8
Excellent
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4346 Empress Ave
Encino, California 91436

Financial & Insurance Details

  • Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Financing

Services

  • Mountains

Facility Highlights

mindfullness

executive chef cooking classes

yoga therapy

Philosophy

Ascend Healthcare provides residential treatment to teens in a luxurious and comfortable environment, with a focus on evidence-based therapies. We stress the critical roles that family and empowerment play within one’s journey to recovery. We connect with teens, helping them with their self-esteem, offering comprehensive educational services and providing them with support systems to last them well beyond their tenure at our facility. We treat many disorders, including substance abuse, depression, anxiety and trauma.

Facility Center Details

  • Residential Treatment
  • Detox Services
  • Behavioral Disorder Treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Outpatient Services
  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Sober Living Home
  • Day School
  • Private Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Exceptionally LGBT Friendly
  • Men Only
  • Women Only

Accreditation/License

  • CARF
  • JCAHO
  • ADP
  • NAATP

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Meet The Staff

Jess Beck
Clinical Director, LCSW

Jessica comes to Ascend with over 10 years of experience in mental health treatment with both adolescents and adults. As the former Acting Director of the Addictive Behaviors Clinic at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, she developed expertise in the field of evidenced-based addiction treatment. At the VA medical center, Jessica trained colleagues on therapeutic practices and provided treatment to hundreds of at-risk veterans. Jessica also gained extensive experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and trauma while working at medical facilities, community-based outpatient programs, and a residential treatment center. Jessica is passionate about helping her clients identify their personal values, strengthen their resiliency, and learn ways to effectively manage emotions. Her therapeutic approach is holistic in nature and builds upon her client’s strengths to help them live a full and meaningful life. Jessica received her Masters in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California.

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Linslee Egan
Psychiatrist

Dr. Egan studied neuroscience at the University of Texas before moving on to medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After having her first child at the end of medical school, she became interested in child behavior and development, and pursued residency and Child and Adolescent fellowship at UCLA, specializing in the early diagnosis and treatment of childhood disorders and working with families to improve communication and relationships in order to help children thrive. Since her early training, Dr. Egan has devoted part of her work to low-income community clinics in the Los Angeles area.

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💛Ascend changed our lives- my son’s life. Our family is beyond blessed. If you are looking for the best treatment for your child, I truly believe that one could not do better than Ascend. Below is my letter to the owner/team. Effie, It is not a mystery that you have an incredible team at Ascend. I could not be more grateful than I am. When Grant went into Ascend the first time, he was in a very dark place- his energy was heavy so much that it weighed not only him down, it weighed down those around him. He didn’t believe in himself, nor anyone or anything else. The Grant who came out of treatment was as light as a feather. He was childlike again and it was the most beautiful thing I have truly ever seen. It was as though a miracle had occurred. And it did. I truly believe that it would not have happened without the incredible team you have and primarily, I owe it to Cynthia and Noah. Cynthia was an angel for my Grant. She was loving and nurturing; able to hold him accountable while providing him with truths that he was not able or willing to see prior to treatment. She did it in a manner in which he didn’t become combative or hostile. She gave him a freedom from himself and helped to remove that weight he walked in the doors of Ascend with. And she put up with my lengthy, random, overly detailed, and overly explained emails. That in itself deserves an award. J And then there was Noah... From the very moment I met him, I felt assured beyond what any parent could possibly feel. His words and his positivity took any fears I had and threw them to the curb. I drove up that first day, heavy with concern and pain, to bring Grant his belongings. When I left, I flew down the 405 with the biggest smile and the greatest sense of calm than I’d had in nearly two years. In speaking with a dear friend, I was describing the means in which Noah affects the lives of those around him so profoundly. I would like to add that I speak of him to many because he has touched my life and Grant’s life so profoundly. What he has done for Grant is unparalleled. As I spoke with this friend, an analogy came to me, bringing tears to my eyes and I felt compelled to elaborate and share it with you. Noah is a gift to the world. What he does and what he gives posses so much beauty. A beauty that cannot be taught. It is innate. And beauty breeds beauty. Noah’s gift is like a piece of art or a piece of music; a favorite song. When I think about the way that da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Van Gogh’s Starry Night or even Shepard Fairey’s work (for me it’s Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, Dali, and Fairey) have transcended generations and the manner in which they provoke emotion and perspective; awe and inspiration; the way they precipitate and propel change... and when I think of the way that I feel and the way my body and soul respond when I hear Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall, The Beatles’ Let it Be, The Stones’ Paint it Black, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata #14, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s The Message, Adele’s Hello, Johnny Cash’s Boy Named Sue... the list goes on. The art; the music. It changes us. It permeates our being. And where would we be without these gifts? THIS. This is what Noah does for others. This is the gift that he gives. And he doesn’t even have to try. It’s just who he is... It would be unjust if I did not mention the impact that the rest of the team had on our lives. They are a godsend.. From the moment I heard your voice on the other end of the phone, trying to give me all of the information regarding Ascend while simultaneously caring for your seven children at 8:30 at night, my heart was stolen and I knew that this is exactly where Grant needed to be. And then I met Alicia over the phone. What an amazing woman! I tear up simply talking about her. She is a keeper... My brief conversations with Dr. Acosta communicated to me that she is a compassionate and trustworthy person. The kiddos are blessed to have her on their team. Brittany is kind, thorough, and direct. As someone who always has more questions, I did not find that I needed to seek additional information. She is a great asset to the team, as you know. Grant really connected with Alex. Connections for Grant are priceless. I’m grateful for that. I thank each and every staff member at Ascend for all that they do and for the parts of them that they give away each day so that these beautiful children can have a life beyond their wildest dreams- whether that life be years away or simply around the corner. Thank you to you and your team for planting the seeds that you do and for changing and saving the lives of these precious kiddos. Especially my Grant. Blessings.
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UNBELIEVABLY INCOMPETENT, UNSAFE AND IRRESPONSIBLE! IN BARELY 24 HRS THEY MADE A DECISION TO HAVE MY GRANDDAUGHTER LEAVE ON AN OUTING. TWO DAYS PRIOR SHE SHE HAD CPR FOR AN OVERDOSE. WITHOUT TRULY UNDERSTANDING HE STATE OF MIND THEY LET HER OUT, AND SHE RAN OFF AND GOT INTO AN PASSING CAR.. THEY HAD NO REAL UNDERSTANDING OF HER PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE AND ACTED IN A MOST IRRESPONSIBLE, UN PROFESSIONAL, AND DANGEROUS MANNER. DO NOT TRUST THESE PEOPLE WITH YOUR LOVED ONES. N PSY.D. DOCTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY THIS IS MY OPINION BASED UPON UPON INFORMATION PROVIDED.
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Ascend is responsible for my son getting his life back. He has a complex medical history, in addition to a serious opiate addiction. Other programs denied his participation based on his medical concerns. Ascend worked closely with me and should commitment to his recovery at every turn. The clinical staff understood addictions, pain and mental health concerns.The counselors were excellent role models and developed strong bonds with them. I am eternally grateful.
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4.7
Excellent
Ascend healthcare facility offered a very warm and caring home for our son's healing process. They were very attentive to the kids needs and many different therapy options were available.
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5.0
Excellent
On all levels, from staff and facility, through academics and activities, to real lasting recovery, this has been a top of the line experience. Whole person-in-context view point that allows for true recovery and healthy transition.
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5.0
Excellent
Excellent program for my Grandchild. Strengths:Caring. Weakness:Deep specialized treatment for complex psychiatric issues.
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5.0
Excellent
Super caring staff. They treat you like family. Experience changed my life. Owner is incredibly caring - and did I say that food is amazing! These guys are awesome.
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5.0
Excellent
Caring staff, beautiful surroundings, deeply caring about the teen, wide variety of therapies.From the first moment we made a phone call, Ascend staff held our hand, walked through the process, and ultimately deeply cared not only about our child well being but also about the family. We were very impressed with quality care that we got.
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5.0
Excellent
Caring staff, diverse program of educational and therapy options, awesome food. Highly recommend this place. They work with you on addressing your needs, making financial aspects as accommodating as possible and show with every move - that they truly care about teens success in life.
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5.0
Excellent
I highly recommend Ascend Healthcare to any family considering treatment for their child. The facility and the staff are top notch. Everyone there has been incredibly supportive, kind and empathetic to the needs of our family. The experience has changed our lives for the better. We are incredibly grateful for the tools and skills our child has gained from the experience.
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