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Destinations for Teens (Topanga 2)

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Treatment Effectiveness
Accommodations & Amenities
Meals & Nutrition
Topanga, California 90290

Financial & Insurance Details

  • Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Financing


  • Mountains
  • Lakeside
  • Wilderness
  • Residential Neighborhood
  • Private/Secluded

Facility Highlights

Day School

Family Program

2:1 Staff to Client Ratio

Personalized Meals to Dietary/ Nutrition Preferences

Full time Psychiatrist on Staff

Full Education Program

Dedicated Therapeutic Staff for each Client and Family

Extensive Family Programming

All Gender Inclusive


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.

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


  • CARF
  • ADP

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Meet The Staff

Dr. Baback Bob Gabbay, M.D.

Dr. 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, LMFT
Clinical Liaison

Cynthia 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.

Andrew Lavender, LMFT, M.A.C.
Clinical Director

Andrew Levander, LMFT, M.A.C., is a CA. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds many national certifications including: Master Addictions Counselor, Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified Bereavement Counselor, Certified Cognitive Behavioral therapist, Certified Internet Addiction and Web Psychology Specialist and is a Workplace Mediation Specialist. Mr. Levander has developed three treatment programs specifically serving adolescents and adults who struggle with self-injury and other self-injurious process and chemically addictive behaviors. He has over twenty-two years of experience in adolescent, adult and family psychotherapy and fifteen years of program development, social service management and is currently the VP of Clinical Operations at Destinations For Teens where he continues his commitment to being of service to under-represented and misunderstood diverse populations of youth and families.

Dr. Kristen M. Roye, PSY.D.
Program Director

Kristen Roye, PsyD, received her doctorate of clinical psychology from California Lutheran University. During her time at Cal Lutheran she specialized in intimate partner violence and found a passion for attachment theory. She continues to use attachment theory in treating clients, doing research, and in training staff at Destinations. Dr. Roye currently works as the Director of Treatment Services at Destinations for Teens where her main role is to ensure compassionate care for clients and families by implementing evidence-based trainings to the staff and community. She also strives to bring community awareness to the stigma associated with mental illness and educate the community on suicide. In addition to Destinations, Dr. Roye also works as an adjunct professor at Cal Lutheran and teaches in both the PsyD and Bachelors Degree for Professionals Programs.