The Best Mental Health Treatment Center in Southern California

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Oak Forest Recovery Center is the best Mental Health Treatment Center in Los Angeles, Southern California. We help you with mental health through comprehensive treatment programs. Our intention is for clients to get better as they begin to understand trauma and how it has affected their lives. Clinical sessions help clients learn important skills for coping with emotional distress.  We want our clients to leave our program with a better understanding of themselves, an ability to change their destructive behaviors and tools to improve their relationships with others. 

Levels Of Care

Our program is divided into 2 separate levels of care – IOP & PHP. IOP clients participate in 3 hours of therapy per day. PHP clients participate in 6 hours of therapy per day. After an assessment of the level of care the client needs we design a customized clinical IOP or PHP treatment program that includes individual therapy and group therapy. When appropriate, we will also provide family therapy. Clients participate in treatment 5 days per week.

Treatment Modalities

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) gives clients the ability to recognize how events/triggers can create thoughts, feelings and behaviors that cause negative results in their life. Through CBT new thought patterns and neural pathways can be created, inspiring positive outcomes in daily life.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) helps clients learn how to tolerate overwhelming emotions and distress through emotional regulation and tolerance skills like mindfulness; intrapersonal skills development to build self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-awareness helps clients understand who they are in relation to self. Interpersonal skills development like acquiring emotional intelligence and developing better communication skills to encourage healthy relationships with family and friends are also at the core of our curriculum.

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. EMDR enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. helps clients disconnect from negative belief patterns and neutralize triggers connected to trauma and undesirable life events.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

Karina Santillo, Clinical Director

At Oak Forest Recovery we believe that in order for our clients to sustain long term sobriety and recovery they must address the underlying issues that led them to abuse substances and alcohol. Often times unprocessed trauma can be the culprit. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy is used to address these traumas so that the client can experience significant relief from symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction and panic disorders. EMDR is extensively researched and proven to be an effective psychotherapy to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences.

EMDR employs a body-based technique called bilateral simulation during which a therapist will guide a client through through eye movements, tones, or taps in order to move a memory that has been incorrectly stored to a more functional part of the brain. The American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs/Dept. of DefenseThe Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and the World Health Organization among many other national and international organizations recognize EMDR therapy as an effective treatment. 

Life Changing Recovery for Individuals Struggling with Addiction & Alcoholism

RJ Elizarraz

Life Changing Recovery for Individuals Struggling with Addiction & Alcoholism. Both an all male and all female facility that is absolutely dedicated to the mission of lasting sobriety with all its clients.

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Oak Forest Recovery is a structured sober living for men located in Southern California

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Oak Forest came to Mad Rose for help after the brand had been launched. The company had earned a reputation for strong ethics, consistent structure and a culture of compassion. The team at Mad Rose was struck by the good work that Oak Forest was dong in the community and voted to work pro bono on the account.

The goal of the campaign was to increase awareness beyond the local area in which the facility operated. A 4 minute “culture” video was produced for the web-site, YouTube & Vimeo. Its as promoted through the social channels and distributed directly to influencers through text.

Mad Rose also produced a series of “Impact Clips” (short, hard hitting video segments) that were posted regularly on Facebook & Instagram.