Your turning point

Hillcrest treats teens suffering from mental health problems, eating disorders, and substance abuse using clinical, evidence-based therapies backed by expert research.

Our Team


Christine Tonoli

Executive Director


Amarilys Reyes

Clinical Director

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Dr. Sanjoy Sathpathy


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Rey Carungcong

Clinical Staff

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Christopher Clavel

Primary Therapist

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Mark Paladini

Director of Education

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Daniel Durant

Media Expressive Group Facilitator

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Janasha Austin

Facility Manager

Your child is never alone

Only six teens reside with us at any one time. Keeping the group small by design ensures each child receives an individualized treatment plan and the support they need to recover.

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Personalized journey

Set in the tropical foothills of Agoura Hills, California, your child will receive clinical treatment, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, complemented by holistic therapies such as psychodrama, expressive art therapy, poetry, yoga, dance, equine therapy and surfing.

At Hillcrest Adolescent Treatment Center, education and schooling are of utmost importance. Our ultimate goal is for family and school reunification and reintegration post rehabilitation. Your loved one’s schooling should not suffer or be affected in any negative way during treatment.

This well-rounded approach helps your teen reach a point of sustainable wellness, teaching them to deal with the stresses and strains of daily life in a positive way.

Drug Addiction

Smoking Addiction

Game Addiction

Cell Phone Addiction

Pornography Addiction

Sexual Addiction

Internet Addiction

Teen behavioral health

Hillcrest is well equipped to provide individualized therapeutic treatment programs to address all types of teen mental health and trauma, and provide the support and guidance for your loved one and their ultimate healing

Teen mental health

Our expert can fully evaluate and treat teens with mood disorders and the other mental health disorders. We treat each case individually, focused on long term recovery rather than simply a short term or quick fix.

Mood Disorder


Eating Disorders

Personality Disorder


Your teen can and will recover - as these messages from our alumni demonstrate:

Nellie G.

Without Hillcrest’s compassionate staff, my daughter would not be with me today. They helped her gain the skills she needed to manage her depression and helped me learn to work with her. We still have rough days, but now we can cope with them when they come. Thank you, Hillcrest!

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Maryann C.

When my brother’s ODD came to a head last year, my family was at our wits end and it became clear he needed more help than we could provide. All of us did our research and eventually I came across Hillcrest. It seemed like a great place. So far, we’ve all been working with them for about a month and we’re seeing a huge difference in my brother’s behavior.

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Bob W.

I am so happy with the programs that Hillcrest has. My daughter has depression and the things we have tried so far were not really helping long term. Like many, we did our homework and found this very nice facility. Everyone is very friendly and caring here. The rooms are nice, even the meals look delicious. It took a little work, but she is engaging with the counselors and other people and is really making some headway. It will still be some time, but I am thrilled with her progress, and her positive attitude.

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Ralph W.

Getting through a difficult situation is just part of life. We didn't know how hard the loss of my father was hitting my child until he started to discuss joining him. There was no hesitation getting him help. Hillcrest was the best fit for his needs and the difference in him today is incredible. Thank you.

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Nicole G.

Hillcrest is a wonderful facility for your teen. They helped me help my son with his behavioral issues stemming from several fears. The people that work there are wonderful and the Counselors and Doctors are great. He has learned effective ways to handle situations without getting upset. They really helped us out, I was out of ideas. I am really thrilled watching his progress. I would recommend Hillcrest for anyone who has a young family member in need of help.

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How we treat

At Hillcrest, you and your loved one participate in individual and family therapy sessions. The therapies are evidence based and clinical, combined with and supported by holistic and innovative methods. Some of the evidence-based therapies include family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

Other innovative modalities therapies used in tandem with evidence based clinical therapies include – psychodrama, expressive art therapy, stress reduction, psychoeducation, yoga, aquatic therapy, fitness, life skills and equine therapy. A 12-step therapy program is also accessed when appropriate for some of the addiction disorders.

Behavioral Therapy

Daily Treatment

  • CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • DBT – Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotional Intelligence Therapy
  • ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Trauma-Informed Therapy

Daily Treatment

  • Trauma/PTSD Therapy
  • Anger Reduction Therapy

Self Development

Positive Life Therapy

  • Mindful Exploration
  • Self-Development Group
  • Skill Building

Expressive Art Therapy

Art Therapy

  • Expressing Anger in Art Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Meditation Therapy
  • Creative Writing
  • Music Therapy
  • Media Expressive
  • Comedy/Improv

Interpersonal Therapy

Healthy Relationship Therapy

  • Boundaries Therapy
  • Attachment Modalities
  • Interactive Activities using Games

Other Programs

  • Family Therapy
  • Recovery Management Therapy
  • Stress Reduction
  • Psychoeducation

The journey to healing starts here

Contact Hillcrest today and give them their best chance to recover and lead a happy life.

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