World-Class Emotional Trauma Treatment Center


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World-Class Treatment

A history of complex trauma is one of the most common underlying issues that clients seeking treatment for substance alcohol abuse, drug addiction and mental health issues share.(1)  The way most clients experience the results complex trauma is through the dysregulation of their emotions and impulses.  We know that the ability to manage emotions adaptively or to self-regulate is one of the most fundamental factors for healthy development.

trauma-treatment-center-malibu-caMost trauma victims also have little or no capacity for trusting others and even familiar environments or situations can provoke disproportionate levels of fear and anxiety or depression.  These symptoms can make participation in even the most basic life functions difficult or even impossible.  Though trauma on its own can lead to serious mental illnesses, when clients use drugs or alcohol as coping mechanisms, their situation can deteriorate even more precipitously.  Two of the principal challenges when treating trauma victims is to provide an environment where they feel safe and to establish a level of trust with clients so can share their feelings about their traumatic experiences and the actions they have taken as a response to them.  Establishing trust with a client will require the client to feel safe and to believe that they have choices and that collaboration with their treatment team can empower them make positive changes in their lives.

To accomplish those goals and to help clients to deal with their traumatic experiences, Beach House Treatment Centers utilizes both:

  • Trauma Informed Care – the awareness of and inclusion of trauma in every aspect of treatment
  • Trauma Specific Treatment – inclusion of treatment elements in the client’s customized treatment plan to specifically address the client’s history of trauma

To further enhance a trauma client’s treatment plan, we offer

  • Gender Specific Treatment Teams – A client’s treatment team might be comprised exclusively of women or men depending on the client’s trauma history. This can be especially valuable for female clients who may lost or never developed the ability to trust members of the opposite sex or on some cases members of the same sex.
  • Seeking Safety Protocols Group
  • A focus on skill building and distress tolerance through the utilization Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. Beach House Treatment Centers has three therapists who are certified in the application of EMDR.
  • Private bedrooms rooms and bathrooms can also help to reduce the stress and fear that trauma survivors may experience in a new environment.


Program Features


At the time of admission, each client is given a thorough medical examination to identify any medical conditions or other health risks in addition to their addiction and/or co-occurring mental health issues. 

Our admissions team compiles each client’s medical and prior mental health treatment histories for review by our team.  Blood and urine samples are drawn to provide indicators of current bodily functioning and to determine the exact levels of all substances currently in the client’s system.  The client’s detox and stabilization processes are overseen by one of our internists who specialize in addiction medicine.

(1) Ample evidence has shown that childhood trauma compromises neural structure and function, rendering an individual susceptible to later cognitive deficits and psychiatric illnesses, including schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and substance abuse.  Particularly, the link between trauma exposure and substance abuse has been well-established.

National Institutes of Health

Trauma Treatment Team

Our Executive Director oversees the development of each client’s treatment plan and ongoing care and only carries a caseload when required for particularly complex cases.  This means the Executive Director is available to work with every client’s treatment teams as needed.  Clients’ treatment teams include but are not limited to:

Customized Trauma Treatment Plans

At Beach House Treatment Centers, we believe that each client brings a unique life experience, pattern of substance use, mental health issue, process addictions and treatment history when they admit for treatment.  It is essential that the full array of each client’s underlying issues be factored into their diagnoses to achieve a successful treatment outcome.  To accomplish that we develop a highly customized treatment plan for each client to all the client’s issues and assist them in achieving their recovery goals.

We employ a psychodynamic approach to providing care.  Though group therapy sessions are an important component of our Concierge Program, given the underlying trauma most clients have experienced prior to treatment, we place a greater emphasis on individual therapy.  Individuals sessions provide the privacy and intimacy that often make is easier for clients to share with their therapist and make progress in treatment.  Concierge clients see their individual therapists (primary, family or specialty therapists) and their case managers multiple times each week.  Licensed therapists are at the facility seven days a week do deal with any client issues as they arise.   Efficient scheduling allows clients to go to a private health club daily, to do therapy sessions outdoors or on the beach and for clients to attend to their personal grooming preferences and shopping needs.

We utilize evidence-based treatment modalities that include:
  • Family Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Executive Coaching
  • Art / Music Therapy
  • Experiential Components
    • Surf / Water Therapies
    • Art & Music Therapy
    • Nutritional Counseling

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Services Available

Trauma Treatment Services Available

Our Executive Director oversees the development of each client’s treatment plan and ongoing care and only carries a caseload when required for particularly complex cases.  This means the Executive Director is available to work with every client’s treatment teams as issues occur.  Clients’ treatment teams include but are not limited to:

Medical Services

Clinical Services

Dietary Wellness Program

Our team of professional chefs serve gourmet and globally inspired meals daily. Our passion at Beach House is to address your wellness and recovery journey through every aspect of your treatment experience, including the food we offer to our residents. Our Dietary Wellness Program is focused on brain health and is designed to help heal and rejuvenate both the body and the brain during the detoxification and early recovery phase. At Beach House we focus on incorporating essential micronutrients, vitamin-rich foods, and the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients. We are committed to removing the toxic GMO ingredients found in the standard, American diet (wheat, corn, soy, etc.), while implementing a low-glycemic and healthy fat diet for increased brain health.

Our Dietary Wellness Program enhances recovery by focusing on brain health. Our menus are curated to provide an increase in Omega 3s by including fresh seafood, grass fed meat, and creatively incorporating nuts, seeds, and other Omega 3 rich foods. By increasing the intake of Omega 3s, we greatly reduce the inflammatory Omega 6 fat sources which have been shown to block the uptake of healthy Omega 3s. At Beach House we have chosen not to use soybean, vegetable, canola, and corn oils and instead incorporate the use of avocado, olive, and coconut oil in our cooking. In addition to balancing this Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio, our talented chefs work with a wide array of seasonal produce, serving unique vegetable dishes and fresh, beautiful salad options at every meal. This ensures that our diet provides an abundance of naturally sourced vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that are so crucial in the healing of our brains and bodies.

At Beach House we invite our residents to have a different relationship with the food they eat; through cooking classes with our chefs, to addressing individualized dietary needs, to nutrition consultations with Registered Dietitian. This way of eating and nurturing a healthy relationship with food is not only pleasurable for our residents but, has been clinically proven to restore balance in the body, decrease post-acute withdraws, and alleviate cravings. We work from a model which acknowledges the power of the food we eat in promoting internal healing, lowering stress, reducing depression and anxiety, and increasing joy.

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As an essential healthcare provider of substance abuse and mental health services under the California’s COVID-19 “Stay at Home” order, we are actively accepting new participants into our Detox, Residential and Outpatient programs under CDC recommended safety measures.

Please call us today at (310) 448-1413 for a free consultationand to learn more about our new policies.

Please call us today at (310) 448-1413 for a free consultation
and to learn more about our new policies.