TEEN PROGRAMS Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs

Ages 12-17

Eating Disorders       Trauma Recovery       Mental Health


Today’s teens face many challenges and an alarming number of teens are experiencing some form of a mental health crisis or use maladaptive coping strategies to handle these crises. Some studies indicate that one in five teens have a behavior disorder, exhibit increased symptoms of anxiety and depression, and some estimate that almost half of all teens suffer from at least one mental disorder. Eating disorders are also on the rise among teens along with co-occurring issues with body dysmorphia. Obesity is at epidemic proportions. Early detection and treatment are key in helping teens recover from these issues and help stop the development of long-term consequences. Our programs offer solutions that teens can use in their daily lives to heal and support them in the recovery process.

Eating Disorders Program

This program is for teens who are affected by anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, obesity, and other forms of disordered eating. The program is designed to give each teen skills to recover from disordered eating and build a healthy relationship with food, in addition to focusing on important life skills. Teens learn tools for increasing self-esteem and body image, problem-solving, healthy expression of emotions, and better communication skills.

Groups are structured and follow a curriculum design to engage each teen in learning skills that support their recovery. Weekly groups include process and sharing where each teen explores and practices effective coping skills to replace their disordered eating behaviors. Teens receive nutritional education and learn how to build healthy meals, in addition to challenging their food fears and phobias. Holistic fitness is included to reduce body shaming and help teens become more comfortable with their bodies, and to understand the role appropriate exercise has on health and wellness.

In addition to the groups, teens meet weekly with their therapist and a nutritionist to enhance their recovery process. These sessions are designed to provide one-to-one support and provide each teen in-depth time to address recovery issues. Parents are often invited to participate in the therapy sessions to help strengthen communication with their teen and to support each other through the treatment process.

A cornerstone of the program is the nutrition group which includes meal support, nutrition education, healthy eating skills, weight restoration, and learning the intricate role that nutrition has on mind and body health. During the program, teens participate in nutrition outings to learn grocery shopping, practice healthy dining out, and confront their fears of eating in public and around others.

Teens also join one mental health group each week to address issues related to anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.

Teen Mental Health Program

The mental health program provides support for those who are experiencing a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, and other mood disorders. Groups are curriculum based and teach skills on how to reduce symptoms and build personal health and wellbeing. The teen program also explores social influences to disordered behaviors and maladaptive coping strategies and helps each teen develop better-coping skills. Our team approach provides comprehensive treatment that addresses stabilization, skill development and promotes general improvement in mood, attitude, and vitality.

Each group incorporates education, group process and personal sharing, CBT, emotional regulation and stress management skills. The program focuses on developmental stages, teaching healthy boundaries, and building good communication skills and healthy expression of emotion. A key aspect of the program is helping teens develop a better sense of self, reduce the effect of peer and social pressure, build positive self-esteem, and understand their role and responsibility in their healing.

In addition to the groups, teens meet weekly with their therapist to enhance their recovery process. These sessions are designed to provide one-to-one support and provide each teen in-depth time to address recovery issues. Parents are often invited to participate in the therapy session to help strengthen communication with their teen and establish mutual goals for recovery.

Teen Trauma Group

The trauma group is an adjunct to the mental health program and is open to any teen experiencing difficulties related to untreated trauma. Many of these traumas include sexual and physical assault, intimidation or abuse, occur as a result of bullying at school, isolation from peers, or incidents of intimidation. Trauma may also be a result of mental and emotional abuse from name calling and demoralization.

Many teens in our programs have experience some form of trauma which often interferes with their ability to handle everyday events and can be responsible for the development of maladaptive behaviors, and reduces their ability to recovery from other treatment issues.

The Trauma recovery group focuses on developing skills to help each teen feel more grounded and comfortable in their daily life; to relieve the body memories and mental images connected to trauma, and releasing their influence on their current life.

Family Participation

The family is welcome in the teen program and is encouraged to take an active part in the treatment process. A specific support group is available for parents and guardians that meets twice a month and is facilitated by one of our licensed therapists. Parents and guardians are given information to better understand the complexities of the recovery process and tools to interact with their teens in a meaningful and helpful way. This is also a time where parents have extended time with the therapist to discuss their teen’s progress, share concerns, and explore effective problem solving strategies.

A primary focus of the parent support group is to help parents gain a better understanding of their teen’s developmental process, attachment and bonding issues, effective parenting, and healthy communication skills.

Additionally, parents and guardians are required to participate in family sessions during the teen's individual therapy sessions. Frequency depends on the needs of the patient and their family and is established with the therapist.

Program Schedule

All of our teens groups meet from 4pm-7pm, Monday through Thursday. Additionally, teens in our Mental Health and Trauma program meet with a therapist once a week. Teens in the Eating Disorder program meet with their therapist and nutritionist once a week. All individual sessions are scheduled outside of group time and are based on the therapist and patient schedules.

Request Appointment

For more information please call our office at: 520-531-1040 or to schedule an intake call the Intake department at520-539-2558. Email:desertmilagros@comcast.net