Virtual treatment available: DMA outpatient programs can also be accessed via online telehealth services.
This facility offers two separate programs for adolescents with mental health issues. The first is a partial hospitalization treatment program (PHP) that runs 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, from 8am to 2pm. The second is an intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP) that is offered 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, from 3:30pm-6:30pm. We serve adolescents between the ages of 11 and 19. Our program utilizes skill-based groups which incorporate dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which involves breaking down skills into pillars of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The program also incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) into the various skills groups to help clients identify and challenge cognitive distortions and reframe faulty thinking patterns. Other skills groups focus on identity exploration, improving self-esteem, anger management, and both identifying positive coping mechanisms and strengthening clients’ ability to engage in them while experiencing emotional distress.
Our team works individually with clients and with their families to identify and support unique treatment planning based on personal needs and goals. We stress balance and authenticity, and consider ourselves an educational center for learning emotional intelligence. The program includes management of support medication (PHP only), coordination with schools, collaboration with outpatient providers and reorganization of family dynamics to strengthen connections. The clinical team is experienced, dedicated, and each team member brings a unique therapeutic style to meet the needs of our patients.
The School Support Program is offered to young patients, where an education liaison supervises and supports them through their schoolwork. The education liaison also collaborates with the patient’s therapist to ensure they have the right environment in place for learning, which will in turn help them reintegrate into their school after treatment.
The Los Alamitos program is conveniently located near the 605 freeway on the corner of Katella Ave. and Noel St. We are situated in a complex of professional office buildings with parking and entrance available in both the front and the back of the building complex.
Insurances we accept at this location include but are not limited to Kaiser, Humana, Cigna, and Unicare. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
MEET THE TEAM
Brittany Rawlings, LMFT
Brittany is an associate marriage and family therapist registered through California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences. She earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino. Brittany has worked with children, teens, young adults, couples and families struggling with mental health issues in a variety of different research and therapeutic settings. She takes a client-centered, humanistic approach when working with clients and believes in the power of free will, human potential and self-discovery to guide clients toward being the best version of themselves. Brittany values authenticity in sessions and believes that her role is to help clients truly be themselves by providing a safe, non-judgmental space for them to do so. She integrates multiple therapeutic approaches to provide services that fit each client and family’s needs, including DBT, CBT, ERP, Gestalt, narrative and existential psychology. She enjoys teaching clients about the mind-body connection and prioritizes destigmatizing mental health in all areas of our existence. In her free time, Brittany enjoys mountain biking, hiking, spending time with loved ones, and playing with her fur babies.
Stephanie Fagundes, ACSW
Stephanie has been working with Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program since 2022. They support the Los Alamitos, PHP and IOP programs as a primary therapist. They began their mental health career as a nurse working in inpatient, residential and community mental health settings. After collaborating with various clinicians and team members, they were inspired to pursue their education in social work to better advocate for patients’ biopsychosocial needs and more directly address trauma created within medical and justice systems. Stephanie has experience in crisis work, severe mental illness, addiction and forensics. They are motivated to connect with young people on their recovery journey around stabilization, skill-building and ultimately creating an authentic life. They feel passionate about building community and being able to witness, share and celebrate individual talents, strengths and interests. Stephanie enjoys dance, cooking and beach time with their husky.