Our Programs

Our Programs

Your True North is closer than you imagine.

We offer evidence-based treatment programs designed to help children, teens, and young adults map their way out of crisis. Our goal is to
equip every single patient and family to understand and manage emotions and develop more effective social interactions. Get in touch with
us to start your journey.

Outpatient Programs

DBT Individual Therapy

Our DBT-trained clinicians help families develop new skills, coping methods and mindfulness practices, so that you have the power to replace unhealthy thoughts, improve troubling behaviors and experience calmer emotions.

DBT Informed Therapy

A more flexible treatment track designed for Stage 3 and Stage 4 patients only, DBT Informed Therapy focuses on select components of the full program (DBT Individual + Skills Training Group) as needed by the child.

DBT Skills Training Group

We like to think of DBT Skills Training Group as “driver’s ed” for your child’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Using a series of evidence-based DBT modules, we guide patients step-by-step through learning how to navigate their feelings and behaviors more skillfully. Groups meet on a weekly basis for 2 hours over the course of about 28 weeks. The group is often repeated to create a full 1-year program.

One-on-One DBT Skills Coaching

Individual skills coaching is our “drive time,” where your child will behaviorally rehearse a core skill approximately 1-2 times a week. Coaching sessions focus on working through DBT skills systematically to develop a greater understanding of the skills and to provide in session practice with a focus on strengthening skills. Coaching calls and texts are utilized to assist teens to use skills effectively.

Advanced DBT

The purpose of Advanced DBT Skills Group is to develop a deeper understanding and mastery of DBT skills in a life-application format. Under the guidance of a trained mentor, the group focuses on applying DBT strategies to daily living situations.

Peer-Facilitated Skills Coaching

An intensive small-group or one-on-one experience led by peer-mentors who have completed six months of DBT, participate in Advanced DBT and exhibit strong leadership skills. A licensed therapist oversees these coaches and accountability is maintained through frequent supervision and training in DBT leadership skills. This service is offered for free to members of the Compass community. 

Mindfulness Group

Our Mindfulness Meditation program is carefully designed to teach adolescents emotional acceptance how to live “in the moment.” The child will learn that thoughts, feelings, and body sensations can be neutral, observable experiences instead of treating their thoughts and feelings as facts that contribute to emotional hijacking. Through Mindfulness Meditation, children will understand to how to focus on the here and now to help avoid being get overwhelmed by anxiety or lapsing into self-destructive behaviors.

Family Therapy

We follow the “Entire Family” model of treatment because the evidence show significantly improved outcomes compared to treating the child alone. This approach ensures that the family who is undergoing extreme distress and possibly malfunctioning as a result of an individual’s behavior can receive support, healing and education in order to optimize each individual’s well-being.

Family Connections®

A 12-week course that meets weekly to provide education, skills training, and support for people who are in a relationship with a teen who struggles with regulating their emotions. The class is led by trained group leaders who are usually a clinical therapist and a family member of a teen or young adult with emotion dysregulation problems. Survey data shows that after completing the course, family members experience decreased feelings of depression, burden, and grief, and greater feelings of empowerment.

Multi-Family Group

Grounded in the core skills of DBT, the multi-family group experience helps parents take their love and good intentions for their child to a new level. By working as a whole team, Compass clinicians teach families how to learn the DBT skills together. Our multi-family group experience is 6-7 months long and includes up to 10 families, including both parents and their child.

DBT for Children and Empowering Your “Super Sensors”

Everyone who has raised or interacted with kids knows that children can feel BIG emotions. For some children, those emotions are just too massive to process. Overwhelmed, they act out or express themselves through self-destructive behavior.

Imagine if gravity hit you twice: once when you felt the impact of hitting the ground, and again when you were overwhelmed by an extreme emotional reaction to the impact. This “Double Gravity Effect” is exactly how the kids we treat experience emotion. Teaching Super Sensor’s emotion regulation skills helps them to build emotion regulation “muscles” to withstand the Double Gravity Effect.

DBT-C focuses on changing that destructive cycle. Our goal is to help give kids the skills they need to regulate their emotions while teaching parents ways to reinforce effective emotional expressions while not reinforcing undesired behaviors.

In DBT-C, we don’t refer to children as “sensitive” because of the baggage associated with that word. Instead, treatment developer Dr. Francheska Perepletchikova, Ph.D. coined the term “Super Sensors.”

DBT-C allows our Super Sensors to utilize their innate talents by helping them learn how to better control their emotions. Allow us to help you become the Super Parent that your Super Sensor needs!

True North Track: Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our DBT Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is the first of its kind in the region. True North Track was thoughtfully developed to meet the needs of kids struggling with depression and anxiety as their primary problem, as opposed to other programs where substance abuse is the primary focus.

True North Track allows your child to remain at home and in school while learning new skills and taking part in more intensive therapies. However, deciding between residential or intensive outpatient programs such as True North is a decision that must be made on a case-by-case basis, depending on the patient’s unique needs. Every journey is different.

What You Can Expect

A one-of-a-kind IOP, True North emphasizes the importance of both group therapy and one-on-one support. Our program consists of a higher ratio of individual sessions, one-on-one skills coaching, and family therapy with active family participation based on specific needs than most standard IOPs. Intensive treatment includes a combination of:

  • Individual DBT sessions
  • Individualized Skills Coaching (one-on-one behavioral rehearsing of skills with coaching and feedback)
  • DBT Skills Training Group
  • DBT Multi-Family Group (both teens and parents)
  • Family Therapy as needed
  • Adjunctive Evidence-Based Therapies as needed

Our thorough assessment process will help your family find the right level of care for your child. Teens and young adults who may benefit from Compass’ True North Track include kids who display one or more of the following:

  • Difficulty managing intense emotions (mood swings, impulsivity)
  • A history of suicide attempts and/or suicidal thoughts
  • A history of cutting or other self-injurious behavior
  • School refusal/avoidance
  • Previous therapy or failed treatments
  • A stepdown after discharge from inpatient, residential or partial hospitalization
  • Pervasive and repeated patterns of interpersonal difficulty (bullying, being bullied, being “dumped” by friends)

The ultimate goal of our IOP is to develop “whole family wellness” rather than treating the patient in isolation. However, depending on your child and your family, individualized IOP schedules can be developed and tailored to your child’s needs.

The Farmhouse: DBT Residential Treatment

Get grounded at the Farmhouse: a comprehensive DBT residential treatment program for teens.
Opening January 2021

A unique residential, adolescent DBT treatment program in Southern California serves teens with mood and behavior dysregulation while teaching emotional regulation, self-compassion, adult living skills, and improved family communication.

Unique Customized Services:

  • Full psychological assessment at admission and discharge for tracking treatment outcomes
  • Psychiatric services and Medication management
  • 24-hour crisis intervention and DBT skills coaching
  • Increased independence in learning and applying skills as clients progress
  • Individual DBT therapy and DBT Skills Training Groups
  • DBT Family Therapy and Family Skills Training
  • Borderline Personality Traits treatment track
  • Schooling: customized learning program to address academic vulnerabilities
  • Mindful organic gardening and basic cooking skills to build mastery, enhance adult living skills and help kids unplug from electronics
  • Mindful Self-Compassion (Making Friends with Yourself program) & addresing low self-esteem
  • Recreational therapies: yoga, hiking, personalized fitness plans
  • Faith-based integration as requested

Treatment Goals:

  1. Reduce emergency and life-threatening behaviors
  2. Gain emotional stability and behavioral control
  3. Improve medical stabilization (medication management)
  4. Increase motivation and commitment for treatment
  5. Reduce behaviors that interfere with treatment progress
  6. Improve the quality of family relationships and social support in the community
  7. Gain behavioral skills to manage life problems:
    • Increasing tolerance of distressing situations (Distress Tolerance Skills)
    • Managing emotions (Emotion Regulation Skills)
    • Improving one’s own self-awareness (Mindfulness Skills)
    • Developing more effective social interactions (Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills)