Cheney House – Topanga, CA

RECONNECT FAMILIES AND SAVE LIVES EVERY DAY.

We’ve created a culture of ethical compassion, natural alternatives to medications whenever possible, organic foods, and an eco-conscious environment. As a result of our commitment to wellness and social responsibility.
Alison L. Whitman, LCSW
Alison L. Whitman, LCSW
Program Director

Welcome to Cheney House

Destinations: Cheney House, is a beautiful 9-bed residential home nestled under the oak trees in Topanga Canyon. Canon serves adolescents (13-17 years old). We understand that placing your child in residential treatment is a huge decision and our team is ready to serve your family needs in the most professional and effective way possible.

One of two dual-diagnosis residential rehabilitation and treatment centers we operate for teens affected by drug abuse and/or mental health disorders, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu.

Teens typically are paired together in a single room during their stay, giving them the benefit of one-on-one interactions with their temporary “roommate” in addition to their daily interactions with staff and other teens. The interior of the house includes a family room, kitchen and dining area, the latter of which is sometimes used for group discussions. Outdoor amenities within Cheney House include a backyard pool and Jacuzzi. This area is perfect for reflection or exercise, and features a waterfall and sitting space.

Teens go to school in a separate building, with each assigned their own space that includes a Mac computer to complete their assignments. A gym attached to the school is also available for exercise and recreation.

Amenities

  • Farm to Table Meals Prepared In-House
  • Dietary Accommodations (Kosher & Vegan Available)
  • Recreation Room
  • Pool
  • State of the Art Gym

Academics

  • On-site
  • One-on-one support and supervision
  • Virtual classrooms
  • GED and College Prep
  • Life/Vocational Skills training
  • State of the Art Technology

Process

  • Psychosocial  & Substance Abuse Assessment
  • Psychiatric Assessment, Evaluation, Maintenance, and Support
  • Individualized Treatment Planning
  • Parent Education
  • Discharge, Aftercare & Alumni

Location Tour

See our nicely appointed residence.

Location Staff

Our experienced staff cares for your teen
Briana Chopin
Briana Chopin
Facility Manager
Lindsey S. Araiza, ACSW
Lindsey S. Araiza, ACSW
Therapist
Alison L. Whitman, LCSW
Alison L. Whitman, LCSW
Program Director
Cynthia A. Della Ripa, LMFT
Cynthia A. Della Ripa, LMFT
Therapist

We Are Here to Help
877-341-3225

Delivering concierge services and a customized program for your teen

Therapeutic Offering

Working in concert to produce the best outcomes.
Body Movement

Body Movement

Through the combination of eastern and western movement techniques to better enhance awareness, confidence and general well-being.

Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy

A proven method to promote physical and emotional growth. It’s used to treat a variety of conditions related to addiction and mental illness.

Expressive Art

Expressive Art

We provide a range of artistic experiences to help your child identify and express the deeper reasons behind their past negative behaviors.

Family Therapy

Family Therapy

We believe in supporting the whole family and family participation is crucial to our process. We provide family therapy sessions and parental support.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Through supportive sharing, our teens work through issues within a therapist facilitated group setting.

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy

Through one on one interaction with a therapist your teen can gain trust and share openly.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is part of our cognitive therapy process and it is used widely in our industry. It is an effective method aids prevention and relapse.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Music therapy is a powerful and non-invasive form of treatment. It is a form of sensory stimulation that provokes a response due to familiarity.

Recovery

Recovery

Recovery is built on strengths, talents, abilities, resources, and inherent values. We address and support the whole person and their community.

Surf Therapy

Surf Therapy

Surf therapy is used in many forms of treatment across the spectrum of diagnosis. The experience of surfing assists in the growth of your child...

Yoga

Yoga

Using traditional yoga practices of posture, breathing and relaxation to promote well-being.

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Testimonials

Linda G

It has been a journey but M is clean and sober. When she left Destinations, it wasn't easy. She has made this transition on her own and we are quite proud of her. She has realized that her family is her support system and has been there through the thick and thin of it and always will be there for her. She has come to see the light. Destinations provided what she needed to start this recovery Journey.

Linda G
Rosie V

She accomplished the unthinkable and to this day she wishes to continue to lead a sober life and has no desire to ever return to her previous life style. She has matured into such an incredible responsible young lady that you would hardly know her from then and now. All of this wouldn't be possible if your team hadn't intervened at the right time. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you did for my daughter.

Rosie V
Marylinda T

I just wanted to let you know how very much we appreciate having T with you guys. I have to tell you just how very impressed I am with the type of support he has had. We appreciate all of your work getting him in there.

Marylinda T
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