ADOLESCENT AND TEEN PROGRAMS Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient for Trauma and Mental Health

Trauma and Mental Health
Ages, 12-17

Traumatic Life Events, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Harm, and Co-occurring Issues


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.

A significant number of teens are exposed to traumatic life events including sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, community and school violence, medical trauma, acts of terrorism, suicides, and other traumatic losses. Estimates indicate that more than two thirds of children and teens report experiencing a traumatic event by the age of 16, resulting in short-term and long-term distress that affect daily function.

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. Our team approach provides a comprehensive treatment that addresses stabilization, skill development and promotes general improvement in mood, attitude, and vitality.

Signs of Trauma

Teens with untreated trauma may experience the development of new fears, separation anxiety, loss of interest in normal activities, night terrors, or even nightmares. Teens exhibit reduced concentration and a decline in schoolwork, an increase in feelings of sadness and anger, irritability, and somatic complaints. Our program offers hope and provides the care needed to successfully reduce the influence of trauma in each teen’s life.

Program Modalities

Group Therapy
Grounding Skills
Distress Tolerance Skills
Individual Therapy
Energy Psychology
Art Therapy
CBT & DBT Skills
Emotional Regulation Skills

Program Components & Details

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offers up to 10 hours of services each week. Services include group therapy, individual sessions with a therapist. Family sessions are included and parents are encourage to participate.

Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) offers up to 30 hours of services each week and provides a more structured treatment environment for those who can benefit from a highly focused program. 

The initial length of stay is a minimum of 8 weeks but varies based on each teen’s progress in the program. There are three levels of care offered which include PHP, IOP, and Outpatient.  Outpatient sessions are available to those patients who have completed PHP and IOP, and are working with their individual therapist to transition to care within the community.

Group Therapy

Groups are curriculum based and teach skills on how to reduce symptoms and build personal health and wellbeing. Each group incorporates education, group process, and personal sharing. The program focuses on developmental stages, teaching healthy boundaries, and building good communication skills and healthy expression of emotion. A key focus is helping teens develop a better sense of self, build positive self-esteem, and understand their role and responsibility in their healing.

Individual Therapy

Teens meet with their therapist regularly throughout the treatment process 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.

Family Participation

Parents are welcome in the teen program and are encouraged to take an active part in the treatment process. Parents and guardians are expected to participate in family sessions during their teens individual therapy session. Frequency depends on the needs of the patient and their family and is established with the therapist.

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. 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.

Program Schedule

All of our teen groups meet from 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Monday through Friday. During the intake process, specific days of attendance are assigned based on treatment needs. All individual sessions are scheduled outside of group time and are based on the therapist and teen’s schedule.

Financial Information


Desert Milagros is in network with many insurance plans including Blue Cross & Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna, Tricare, and several others. We also accept Banner’s Community Plan. Please contact the insurance and billing department with questions about coverage and the authorization process.


For those who may need to self-pay for treatment, the billing department can discuss payment plans and options.

For more information contact Julie in the Billing Department at:

Request Appointment

For more information please contact our office at: (520) 531-1040 or the Intake department at (520) 539-2558.