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Destinations for Teens Topanga

Topanga , Topanga, California, 92090
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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 Highlights

  • Day School
  • Family Program
  • 2:1 Staff to Client Ratio


  • Client & Family Support Groups

    Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
  • Family Program

    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance use, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

Facility Settings

  • Mountains

Meet the Staff

  • Dr. Baback Bob Gabbay, M.D.
    Dr. Baback Bob Gabbay, M.D.Chief Medical Officer
    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
    Cynthia A. Della Ripa, LMFTClinical 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.

Financial Details

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Treatment Center Links

Rehabs 360 Guide


Located in Woodland Hills, Calif., Destinations for Teens offers a full continuum of treatment services including day treatment, residential programs, outpatient services, and an alumni program. The residential program at Canon House offers services to teens (13 to 17 years old) who are struggling with substance abuse, mental health disorders, and co-occurring disorders.


According to Destinations for Teens' website, the treatment team works with each family to develop an individualized treatment plan for each client. Treatment is designed to address the emotional and behavioral needs of residents, along with their academic, physical, and social needs.

Programming includes 12-step meetings, aftercare planning, and counseling sessions that focus on identifying triggers and developing coping methods. Destinations for Teens' treatment approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with an emphasis on coping skills. Clients participate also in creative therapies, outdoor activities, physical fitness, and yoga.

Parents are required to attend therapy sessions and family education classes. Parents also work with the treatment team to create a schedule to therapeutic visits.

Along with treatment programs, Destinations offers school support so teens can keep pace with their peers. Teachers also offer SAT preparation, GED and college prep, and vocational skill exploration.


Destinations' website notes its staff includes teachers, individual and family therapists, psychiatrists, education director, nurses, and a clinical director. It is one of the 182 (13.9 percent) of California treatment centers that is accredited by The Joint Commission.


Destinations' website indicates Canon House is a six-bed residential house, and its amenities include dietary accommodations, healthy snacks, a recreation room, a pool, and state of the art technology.


Rehabs.com has yet to receive any reviews from this facility’s former clients. However, the 46 people to leave reviews on Destinations for Teens' Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, gave an average of 4.7 out of five stars. [1]

Almost all Facebook reviews includes positive feedback including praise for the treatment team, effective treatment programs, and beautiful environment. "Just can't say enough about the quality of care that Destinations gives," Audrey wrote in a representative review on Facebook. "Brilliant programs, and the staff is dedicated to the highest level of treatment."

The one person to leave a Yelp review to day gave five out of five stars.[2] "Where would we be without Destinations? Amazing team, a light in the dark," Jim wrote.


According to Destinations' website, it is one of the 734 (56 percent) of California treatment facilities that accepts insurance.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/Destinationsforteens/reviews/?ref=page_internal
[2] https://www.yelp.com/biz/destinations-to-recovery-topanga

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