Vista, CA


Virtual treatment available: DMA outpatient programs can also be accessed via online telehealth services.

Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program at Vista is a six-bed residential treatment program for female identifying and non-binary (regardless of sex assigned at birth) adolescents ages 11-17 who are struggling with their mental health. Our program is focused on the stabilization, growth and independence of these teenagers as they find their voice, resiliency and strength in their recovery process. Through their time here working with our treatment team, our goal is for the patients to be able to re-integrate back into home life with healthier, more balanced skills so they can succeed back at home and at school.

We are focused in DBT, CBT, EMDR, CPT, TF-CBT, motivational interviewing, experiential therapy and family systems as we have family involvement and participation as a large component of our program. We have weekly multi-family groups on Tuesdays in which all families and patients participate in, where we go over different topics relating to their child’s mental health treatment. We also have family visits on Saturdays as we want to encourage and promote family time and exposure back to “home life.”

The home is over 6,000 square feet in a secluded and quiet residential neighborhood in North County San Diego. We have a resort-style pool with a built-in slide and water feature/grotto area. We have a garden that we actively nurture in growing different items year-round. The patients participate in equine therapy off-site and also go on therapeutic beach walks. We strive to have everyone’s treatment here individualized and personalized to their own struggles leading them into residential treatment, therefore treatment will be different for each patient. We focus on setting healthy boundaries, effective and healthy communication, and restarting healthy habits as a way to promote longevity in their recovery outside of our program. The patients participate in talk therapy, art therapy, expressive writing, fitness in therapy and music therapy along with many other group therapy activities. On a weekly basis, patients receive medication evaluation and management from our in-house psychiatrist. Patients also meet with a dietitian once a week who promotes healthy and appropriate relationships between mood and food for these young individuals.

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.

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. 


2428 Catalina Avenue
Vista, CA 92084

Female Identifying
Ages 11-17

PH 714.828.0808


Shawana Dorsey

Program Administrator

Dr. Timothy Liu, MD

Here’s What Patients Say After Completing Treatment*

  • 97% feel hopeful about their future*
  • 95% believe they can handle life after treatment*
  • 99% know what helps them get better*

“This is an amazing program that has helped me grow emotionally as an individual. They are very supportive, kind and accommodating.” – L.L., former patient at DMA Vista

“I was very low when I first got here and now I can’t stop smiling. I’m satisfied with my treatment, and I’ve met some really great people here that changed my life.” – K.W., former patient at DMA Vista

“Instead of the fears we had regarding our child, we instead look forward to her bright future and life that we know is hers to behold. In place of what was fear and chaos is now hope and belief in our positive life together. Thank you so much for what you did for our daughter. She is our treasure, again.” – K.M., parent of DMA Vista alumni

*Percentage includes adult and adolescent patients who admitted to the Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in 2021 (between 1/1/21 and 12/31/21) and completed the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS) (N = 2,278). Average length of stay is 34.2 days for those who completed treatment (did not discharge to a higher level of care, due to insurance, against treatment advice, transfer or administratively).

Support Group

Discovery Mood & Anxiety provides free support groups for individuals, loved ones, and professionals. Find out more about how to join our free support groups.

Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance