For 12 years, Paradigm Treatment has been providing residential treatment for teens and young adults 12-26 with mental health issues. Our medical and clinical teams delve deep to address the root causes of the struggles young people face in today’s stress-filled world. We work closely with youth and their families treating anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, mood and personality disorders, and co-occurring substance use. Our teachers address academic issues so that students are able to resume studies after treatment while experiential approaches such as yoga, meditation, and equine therapy empower clients to transform their lives. We work with most commercial insurance and we are in-network with Anthem, among others. There IS hope. Call (855) 921-4973.


We’ve expanded into Texas! Take a video tour of our beautiful, new teen treatment program in Austin!

10 Excellent Reasons to Choose Paradigm

  • 4 Intensive individual therapy sessions PER WEEK with weekly group and family therapy
  • Absolute privacy and confidentiality for clients and their families
  • Residential Treatment Programs Accredited by The Joint Commission
  • Specialists in treating teens 12-17 and young adults 18-26
  • Comprehensive pre-treatment diagnostic testing and evaluations for accurate diagnoses
  • 30-90-day treatment program tailored to each client’s unique needs
  • Low client-to-clinician ratio – just 6 youth per facility
  • Deeply committed medical, clinical, support, and executive staff
  • Coordination with home school for academic continuity and success
  • Beautiful and comfortable residences in Malibu and San Rafael

The Top Six Risk Behaviors in Teens

Young people are going to engage in risky behavior. It goes hand in hand with their need to explore, discover, and grow, a psychological and emotional necessity at this stage in life. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) maintains research on six priority adolescent risk behaviors that play a role in the causes of death, disability, and social problems among teens and young adults. These behaviors often begin in childhood or early adolescence. Read more…

Our Latest Outcomes Study Results

A study conducted by Kyle Van Duser, Ph.D. of the University of Hawaii and Pacific Analytics, found that among 195 Paradigm clients surveyed from intake through 1-year post-treatment, there were significant decreases in anxiety, depression, and stress. Details for each of these measures are found below. Download a summary here.

Depression scores begin at “severe” at intake and fall to “mild”, with emerging “normal” by end of treatment and at 1-year post treatment.
Anxiety scores begin at “severe/extremely severe” at intake and fall to “moderate”, holding at that level through 1-year post treatment.
Stress scores begin at “moderate/severe” at intake and fall to “mild”, with emerging “normal” by end of treatment and at 1-year post treatment.

Real Client Stories

After four hospitalizations, Alex and his family found “hope and healing” and meaningful help that has made a real and lasting difference in his life.

At 17, Audrey was “Hell bent on self-destruction”. Upon arriving at Paradigm Treatment, she knew she was going to feel completely at home.

Upon returning to school from residential treatment at Paradigm, Emily’s friends remarked on how her “whole energy” had changed for the better.


American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American Society of Addition Medicine
American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry
The Joint Commision
BBB Accredited Business

In the Press

Beautiful and Comfortable Facilities

We believe that providing safe, welcoming spaces that clients hate to leave at the end of their stay with us is an imperative. Take a virtual tour of the inviting environments we create for our clients here.

Sobering Youth Mental Illness Facts

50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
1 in 6 U.S. youth experience a mental health condition each year, but only half get treatment.
Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth.
The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999.

Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Stats.

Meet Our Leadership Team

CEO Dustin Wagner, MA, LPC, talks about Paradigm’s approach to treating teens and young adults and the what makes our program different.

Lucy Nguyen, Paradigm’s Executive Director, on how our treatment programs for teens and young adults are rooted in insight-oriented and relational therapies.

Featured Treatment Staff

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COVID-19 NOTICE: Paradigm Treatment remains FULLY OPERATIONAL during the global pandemic and we remain laser focused on the health, safety, and security of our clients and staff. All staff have been vaccinated and we have in place rigorous efforts to sanitize our facilities, and we are conducting ongoing assessments in order to inhibit the spread of infection. We welcome any questions or concerns you might have during this challenging time. Call (855) 921-4973 to learn more. Watch our COVID response video.

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