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What to Consider About Teen Rehab

Are you considering sending your child to a substance use or mental health treatment facility? Knowing what to expect can help you make the decision with less apprehension. After having worked in teen rehab for a number of years, I wrote an article which appeared in the daily online news site, the Fix, in hopes of better preparing parents who have come to this crossroads. In April, the Fix posted my article entitled, "What to Expect in Teen Rehab." This is an excerpt:


A good treatment center gives teens a chance to reflect without the same old pressures of everyday life. Parents are able to work through issues in family therapy. Overall, there can be a reprieve from the conflict often inherent in struggling parent-teen relationships. Such a break can create a space for solace and healing. Sometimes, for the young person, simply being removed from the environment where the dysfunction is occurring for a short while helps more than anything else.


I hope that this article helps you to weigh the factors in considering the decision to send your child to rehab. Knowledge helps to quell anxiety. We at Pacific MFT Network want to help you do just that.

Matianna Baldassari is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #93379) in private practice with Pacific MFT Network. Matti also has worked at teen treatment centers in the past, and she continues to work today at an adult treatment center as a primary therapist. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Since starting her practice, Matti has developed a passion for working with people struggling with co-occurring disorders, substance abuse challenges, and mental health issues. She has written for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) Los Angeles chapter’s newsletter, Voices, and the CAMFT state magazine, The Therapist. Matti also is certified as a Kundalini yoga instructor, and she has a black belt in Kung Jung Mu Sul (Korean Royal Court Martial Arts). The latter tends to surprise most people, but the former does not. In her spare time, Matti enjoys spending time with her husband, sitting at coffee shops, and exploring the intriguing mystery that makes up most of life as it unfolds around her. Contact Matti by email here or call/text 424-254-9611.

To find out more about us and the services we offer at Pacific MFT Network, please visit our website, Please click here to see photos and bios for each of our therapists.

Pacific Marriage and Family Therapy Network provides children, teens, adults of all ages, couples, and families with quality psychotherapy that gets results. We have several therapists on staff that have several different modalities of work, specializations and expertise. We can help clients experiencing anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, troubled relationships, addiction, eating disorders, stress, anger management, prenatal bonding, trauma, domestic violence, performance, whole life fitness, ADD/ADHD, autism, learning differences, religious crisis/struggles, LGBTQ issues, social skills, couples/marital, pre-marital, dating, break up recovery, parenting children, parenting teens, social anxiety, self esteem, substance use, panic, stress relief, cancer recovery, pre-surgical wellness, post-surgical wellness, disordered eating, postpartum depression, careers, grief & loss, divorce, co-parenting, childhood trauma, childhood behavior management, work & life balance, fatherhood, codependancy, or any other mental health issue. Pacific MFT Network is a professional network of highly skilled licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Interns that are committed to empowering a sense of self in our clients and helping them live the life they want. We do so by creating a relationship that is based on genuine care and concern, non-judgment, and support. Our mission is to help you help yourself live a happier and more satisfying life.

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