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La Ventana Treatment Programs - Thousand Oaks

1408 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, California, 91362
At La Ventana’s residential treatment facility in Thousand Oaks, California, men and women are provided with effective, individualized care for substance abuse and eating disorders. The rehab strives to empower its clients by teaching them the coping mechanisms and practical life skills necessary to stay sober, overcome self-destructive behaviors, and live a happy and fulfilling life. Led by a team of experienced, licensed and caring professionals — some with first-hand knowledge of addiction — clients also uncover and address the underlying issues that contribute to substance abuse and maladaptive eating habits.

Facility Highlights

  • Eating Disorder Treatment
  • Detoxification Program
  • Outpatient Program


  • Treatment for Adolescents

    At La Ventana, the families of adolescents are considered the main players of the treatment team. Families are schooled in individual sessions with the therapist and dietician on how to assist their child with eating and how to break the cycle of the eating disorder symptoms.
  • Nutrition and Food Supported Therapy

    At La Ventana, a thorough nutritional assessment is conducted as part of the admission process. The results are used to customize a nutritional and physical activity plan, which is unique to each client. Our nutritional treatment is comprehensive and based on the science of nutrition and exercise physiology.

Facility Settings

  • Luxury

Meet the Staff

  • Marcia Newman
    Marcia NewmanMA, LMFT, Clinical Supervisor
    Marcia Newman, a licensed psychotherapist, received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University-Malibu in 1986 where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has been in the field of Eating Disorder treatment for over 26 years and specializes in issues related to co-dependency, mind healing and life transitions. She has facilitated workshops on body image and stress reduction as well as appearing as an expert guest, co-host and writer for a Los Angeles-based T.V. Wellness Series, The Addiction Network.
  • Heather Russo
    Heather RussoClinical Director, Eating Disorder Program
    Heather Russo is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a board member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP). She received her Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She has extensive experience in treating eating disorders in inpatient hospitalization, day treatment, intensive outpatient and private practice settings. Among her areas of expertise are the intersection between anxiety disorders and eating disorders. She is an active, integrative therapist who works with her clients to promote empowerment and fulfillment. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively make strides in recovery. Heather has been the featured presenter of seminars addressing eating disorder treatment and recovery, educating both recovery groups and professionals treating mental illness.

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Rehabs 360 Guide


La Ventana Treatment Programs provides a variety of behavioral health services through its three California-based treatment centers, which includes one location in Ventura. The facility in Thousand Oaks treats individuals struggling with substance is disorder, co-occurring mental health disorders, and/or co-occurring eating disorders. Services include residential and outpatient programs, as well as medically monitored detox. La Ventana is one of 197 substance abuse treatment facilities in California (just 15 percent of all facilities in the state) to provide medical detox.


All clients receive a complimentary assessment before being placed in the proper treatment program. Treatment uses 12-step principles and incorporates a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities, including relapse prevention training, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), the latter of which is offered by a little more than half (50.3 percent) of treatment facilities in California.

Length of stay in the residential program depends upon each client's specific needs. The program involves gender-specific group therapy, one-on-one counseling, and anger management workshops, as well as holistic activities such as yoga, meditation, and art therapy.

Outpatient options include a partial hospitalization program (PHP), which is a modality available in just 18.5 percent of outpatient treatment facilities in California. There's also an intensive outpatient program (IOP), as well as affiliated sober living facilities.


According to its website, La Ventana employs physicians, psychiatrists, registered nurses, licensed therapists, and registered dieticians.


In addition to its 12-bed detox unit, La Ventana operates several six-bed residential facilities that provide homelike, gender-specific accommodations. These homes are equipped with cable TV and Wi-Fi, and clients have access to a local health club.


The two alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave La Ventana positive feedback. Both indicated that they would recommend the facility to friends and family, and awarded it five stars for its cleanliness. Henry, a 40-to-59-year old who attended the program twice, praised the rehab for its individualized treatment and safe, effective detox. "I was very pleased with my treatment," he wrote. The other alum, who participated anonymously, agreed and added that they especially liked the group therapy.

La Ventana received mixed feedback on secondary sites, earning an average rating of 2.5 out of five stars based on 14 Yelp reviews[1] and a 4.6 out of five-star average based on the opinions of 55 individuals on Facebook, which the facility may manage[2]. Former clients who were satisfied with their treatment agreed that detox services were solid and indicated that staff were warm and caring. In a representative Yelp review, Kristy noted: "What a great place for people struggling during actual detox. The staff was beyond wonderful and caring."

Unhappy alumni reported an untrained staff, frustrating billing policies, and/or a lack of one-on-one therapy. "When seeing your therapist you only get 2 days a week for 1 hour," Karissa reported in a negative review on Yelp.


Georgia, the one staff member polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, gave La Ventana positive feedback. She noted that she would recommend the facility to others and awarded it five out of five stars for the overall quality of its counseling services and the credentials and experience of its medical staff. “The care of clients & family while in treatment & aftercare are the strengths of this facility,” she wrote.


According to the facility’s website, La Ventana works with many major insurance companies, including Aetna, Cigna, and Anthem Blue Cross.

[1] https://www.yelp.com/biz/la-ventana-treatment-programs-thousand-oaks-3

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