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A year ago, my seemingly normal and well-adjusted14 year old son shocked my husband and I when he told us he felt severely depressed and needed help. Immediately we made appointments with his pediatrician for a checkup and referrals to a therapist, and then a psychiatrist. Lab tests revealed multiple and severe vitamin deficiencies, so we made appointments with a nutritionist for intravenous vitamin therapy as well. Despite our best efforts to help him, my son attempted suicide a few months later, and it was a miracle that he survived. Needless to say, our two other children were traumatized, as were my husband and I. We realized that we as a family were overwhelmed and needed further support and more knowledgeable care than what we had been getting. We also knew we needed something far more intensive. I am happy to say we are finding that help and support at Balance Treatment Center. Here is what we love about the place:

First and foremost-- a truly caring and supportive, compassionate, knowledgeable, dedicated staff all working together as a team to help our entire family. They listen. They care. They communicate with each other. They don't give up.

Dr. Sager is personable, friendly and genuinely concerned.

My son gets intensive therapy three days a week, three hours a day. He is learning an abundance of communication and coping skills.

We are so grateful to be able to meet as a family with a whole team of professionals to discuss our concerns and ways we can change our family dynamics in order to help our son.

We each have the option to meet individually with a therapist who already knows our family's circumstances for further support.

Thanks, Kay

The nine weeks my son spent at Balance was the best thing that ever happened to him. The individual and group therapy, interaction with the residents, therapists, techs, nurses and other staff was more than supportive. The entire experience has provided coping strategies, but he has gained so much more. Balance Treatment Center has given my son a sense of hope and optimism. Many programs provide excellent service, but what separates Balance is the customized care and support at every level of the organization. Our family is eternally grateful.

Anonymous,
January, 2017

I came to Balance in fragments, and I left whole. The reason I was able to have such a transformation is because Balance uses a holistic approach in treatment. I learned about things from cooking to horses. I went to places I would have never before gone. I made close friends. Leaving is bittersweet, but I know that I am so much better prepared for the world now. All I can say is, if you’re thinking about it- say yes. Come in. It will change your life. Thank you, Balance, for putting me back together after I fell apart.

Anonymous,
January, 2017

Balance is absolutely amazing. I have tried a lot of different things to control my social anxiety and depression, but coming here has absolutely been the biggest step in making progress. Living in a purely therapeutic environment 24/7 allowed me to feel safe enough to find connection in a way that I’ve been scared to for so long. The staff is amazing, the food is amazing, and the activities are amazing. I am so glad to have come here.

Anonymous,
January, 2017

I am so glad to know there is a place like this. I love all the therapists and staff. They have helped me get through the most challenging time of my life. I feel safe knowing that this place exists.

Anonymous,
January, 2017

After years of depression and anxiety I found the Balance house. It has been the perfect place for me. Every staff member is expert in what they do and are very nice. I felt comfortable from the time I got here. I’ll miss You Balance Team!
P.S. The food is amazing.

Anonymous,
October 24th, 2016

Balance was very beneficial to my recovery and getting me ready to go back out into the world. The staff was so caring and was helpful in every way.

Anonymous,
October 24th, 2016

Balance went above and beyond my expectations. Health care starts were compassionate and respectful. Groups were very helpful. Daily individual therapy really made a difference in my treatment. Healthy meals prepared daily. Balance is the place to go for mental health treatment.

Anonymous,
September 14th, 2016

Balance Treatment Center saved my life and helped me find my own inner equilibrium!

Anonymous,
September 2nd, 2016

As adults, we are expected to present ourselves as best we can. Unfortunately, this expectation leaves many of us feeling isolated and trapped within ourselves. The hurts we accumulate can become overwhelming and our attempts to suppress them eventually begin to cause us more injury. At Balance, I was able to allow myself to be human and show my pain in a safe and supportive setting among staff and fellow clients. I have begun a journey of discovering my authentic self and learning that it is great to be human.

Anonymous,
July 14th, 2016

I came to Balance from a very dark place. My life was full of fear and I felt hopeless for the future. At Balance I took so much off this darkness I did not understand and made more sense of it, learning how to heal, have compassion on myself, cope with difficult times, and set out on the journey of healing, love, and a healthy well balanced life.

B.H.,
June 24th, 2016

Balance Treatment Center has given me my life back. Their staff and therapist are A+ rated. Very caring and in tuned with what your needs are. This treatment center is true to its name. There are just the right amount of therapy groups, leisure time and social activity. The food is spectacular. I highly recommend Balance Treatment Center.

Christina F.,
June 10th, 2016
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If you would have told me three weeks ago that I’d be crying the night before my discharge, I would have backhanded you. But there I sat. Crying. The night before my discharge. It’s pretty safe to say I calculated zero positives in coming here. I’m sure I could have imagined a few had I even remotely tried. Whoops. But maybe it was better that way. Because, really, nothing anyone could say and nothing I imagined could have prepared me for this.

The idea of three weeks at a treatment center was unimaginable. What am I supposed to do all day? Yeah, I did not want to be here. I know this comes as a great shock to everyone in retrospect; I hid it so well. However, with each day, each group, each new relationship forged, I knew. In the time I have been here, I have found a therapist with whom I have shared things that not one other person on this earth knows. I’ve cried—openly and in front of people. I’ve supported my exquisite friends as they share unimaginable pain. And I’ve felt that same support in return. Every day.

There is something different here. When staff asks if I am okay, they mean it. They are there to hold my hand if my answer is no.

I came here knowing I would be spending nearly every waking hour with the same people every day. The same staff, the same clients, every day. What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with them. All of them. What I didn’t expect was a new family. Family means loyalty. Family means respect, honesty, and support. But most of all, family means love. Unconditional, unwavering, authentic love. And that’s what I found here. This family has a permanent place in my heart. And I am forever grateful.

Anonymous,
May 31st, 2016

Balance is a well-run facility. Staff is well trained and compassionate. I was treated with dignity and respect. I would certainly recommend that anyone dealing with acute life stressors attend.

Anonymous,
May 27th, 2016

Balance has giving me a safe place to land during hard times. The staff at Balance is supportive and dedicated. They have helped me gain stability and confidence. I will be forever grateful for their support.

Anonymous,
May 6th, 2016

Great program. Collaborative experience as promised. Amazing staff.

Anonymous,
April 28th, 2016

At Balance, all of the staff treated me with kindness and respect. I was treated like an individual, and there was always someone around to help me when I was anxious or in crisis. In 30 days of treatment, I was able to re-evaluate my life in a safe, supportive environment where I was well taken care of. Now I have hope and the skills and desire to empower myself and reach my goals in school, relationships, self-care and self-development.

Mary,
April 20th, 2016

The entire staff provided a safe and warm environment as well as a sincere interest in my care and how I was doing each day. The therapists are well trained and very good facilitators as well as insightful individuals who helped guide me throughout my therapy. The nursing staff, techs and chefs were able to address my needs and shared humor with clients. I highly recommend Equine, EMDR, Process groups, CBT and Individual therapy as well as rhyme-time. I felt at home here and the overall treatment was very good.

Anonymous,
March 25th, 2016

When I began the program at the Balance Day Treatment Center, I was new to group therapy, and I was very skeptical. I was suffering, and I didn’t see a path to get out of my pain. I certainly didn’t understand how talking to other people who were suffering was going to help.

After a few sessions, though, I found I really wanted the best for the other members of the group. I could see how good they were inside, and how some of them were struggling to get better and some of them were not ready to struggle. I felt compassion for them. I wished them to be healthy. I wanted them to see how much other people cared for them. And, through that, it dawned on me: they feel the same about me. That really changed things for my recovery because I understood at an emotional level that feeling compassion and love and acceptance for myself was the first step in healing my problems.

The staff were remarkable. They each had their own styles: some were warm and emotionally available, some were analytical, some were mindful and aware from moment to moment, and some referred us to good materials to read after the session that might help us further. They were attentive to the size of the group, to the mix of personalities, to the stages of recovery each person was in. They also did a wonderful job at the “family session” at allowing everyone to participate and drawing out the quieter folks, but not forcing people to share who did not wish to do so.

Dr. Sager, the psychiatrist, was not involved with my group sessions, but he helped assess my condition initially. He is a no-nonsense guy. He’s seen it all, and I trusted his judgment. He was even able to help me see some humor in my situation.

Some advice, bring your own coffee if you have a discerning palate for coffee. Dress in layers, because it is always too hot or too cold for someone in the group and usually both at the same time. And bring a back pillow; the chairs are less supportive than the therapy.

Joseph M.,
November 15th, 2015
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I have had an amazing time here and truly value this experience. I can think of no better place for me to be working on my issues. A+

Kyle L,
July 6th, 2015

This was the greatest experience ever regarding my mental health. I came to Balance broken, miserable, and hopeless. Through many hours of one on one therapy, group therapy, and bonding with other clients, I became a new person, not even as good as my old self, but better. I am leaving Balance optimistic, and hopeful. I know I will still need to work on myself, but Balance restored a solid foundation for me to restart with. Thank you Balance and all the staff!

Love, TC,
July 3rd, 2015

Balance Treatment Center is a fantastic place to get treatment. All the staff were friendly and helpful. The one on one therapy is extremely beneficial.

Michael C,
June 2hth, 2015

Balance has been a life altering experience. I felt safe the entire time; the staff did an impeccable job with the genuine support. Group sessions helped us form a cohesive family and it was very meaningful. I truly feel this has been the most meaningful experience in my life.

Barbara,
April 27th, 2015

I used to say I felt empty. After my time here I can say that while I might still need time to discover myself I’ve never been more comfortable with who I am. I will carry my experience here with me for the rest of my life.

Anonymous,
April 23rd, 2015

Balance is a wonderful facility for those seeking help. It is a safe place, where you feel cared for and the staff is excellent. It is a place where one should not count the days, but make the days count.

It is highly recommended for those who feel they need some extra support and is also a wonderful place to do some hard work and work though all the issues.

I would highly say to all new clients to trust that the system they have in place will work.

Anonymous,
April 4th, 2015

I am so grateful to Clinical director, and Program director, for admitting me into the program and for all their therapeutic hard work they extended to me throughout the process. I lived in their residential treatment home for six weeks and received top-notch treatment for my Bipolar Disorder. I was provided both daily individual and group therapy with very well-skilled, knowledgeable therapists and psychologists. My personal hardworking therapist worked so well with me at the home in treating my symptoms on a daily basis. In addition, private therapy sessions for my parents were provided during the week and Saturdays group family therapy sessions were included and were extremely beneficial. I can’t say enough positive things about the therapists and psychologists at Balance Treatment. Initially, I was withdrawn and unable to participate in the group therapy sessions. With the great support, guidance and wisdom of the staff, my condition continued to improve during my stay. Eventually, I was actively participating in the group sessions and able to make valuable contributions which helped other clients. There were many fantastic therapeutic activities at the house including art, exercise, music and pet therapy plus deep tissue massages and enjoyable, relaxing field trips. The resident psychiatrist, Dr. Ronald Sager, was very patient and insightful and did an outstanding job managing my medication. The entire staff including the medical doctor, nurses, aides and executive chefs were exceptional and treated me with the utmost respect and compassion and always made me feel well cared for and safe. The peaceful private home is beautiful inside and out with wonderful accommodations and plenty of space to move around comfortably. My experience at Balance was so positive that I did not want to leave. In continuing to manage my condition, my family and I participated in their excellent, well-run Intensive Outpatient Treatment program which helped us a great deal as well. I would strongly recommend Balance Treatment Center for rehabilitation, healing and recovery!

Anonymous,
Feb. 23rd, 2015

I made a complete transformation from when I started to completion. My understanding of coping and communication skills enhanced as a result of a knowledgeable, friendly staff and group therapy. With a fresh new perspective, my life has become much more manageable!

Jon A.

Dear Balance Staff,

Thank you for everything you have done for me. You’ve reminded me how to share even when I thought I would never be able to share my deepest darkest thoughts. You’ve reminded me how to listen even when I thought I would not be able to stay seated in my chair. You reminded me how to be a good listener and give active feedback in order to help others. The other clients were great. It was a very diverse group and we all brought a unique set of issues to the table. The staff was amazing. I would recommend this program to anyone.

Thank you so much!
Sheryl V.

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  • Balance Residential Treatment Center Grounds
  • Balance Residential Treatment Center Grounds
  • Balance Residential Treatment Center Grounds
  • Luxurious gated home surrounded by nearly four acres of lush gardens
  • Manicured lawns with patios and comfortable seating
  • Nestled minutes away from the Malibu coast and over six dozen state parks, the Residential Center is set in the epitome of a serene and natural environment
  • A luxurious place for healing, Balance Treatment Center is a licensed private Mental Health Rehabilitation Center
  • At Balance Treatment Center, we treat clients struggling with a variety of emotional and psychological issues
  • Balance Treatment Center has made every effort to ensure that our clients feel nurtured from the moment they enter our facility
  • The formal living room
  • Upon entering the home clients will notice an open and bright space. Sunlight streams in from the floor to ceiling windows
  • The spacious rooms, soaring ceilings, and abundance of wood and natural materials used usher in a sense of calm and wellbeing
  • Spacious rooms and comfortable quiet areas
  • Balance Treatment Center offers a program designed to meet the needs of clients struggling with mental health issues and dual diagnosis problems
  • Private rooms
  • Contemporary and bright private sleeping quaters
  • The environment is comfortable and allows for our clients to always feel relaxed and safe
  • Spacious Semi-Private Rooms
  • Contemporary and bright decor
  • Boutique-like bathrooms
  • Fully equiped luxurious bathrooms
  • Fully equiped luxurious bathrooms with oversized tubs
  • Sleek furnishings give the room a modern feel
  • Sleek furnishings give the room a modern feel
  • A variety of treatment rooms
  • Multiple state of the art entertainment centers located in the house
  • Family style dining
  • Family style dining
  • A farm to table approach of food preparation
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Balance Day Treatment gave our daughter the much needed support and transition from inpatient to outpatient therapy. Our daughter was able to make connections with other teens and with the therapists that were valuable in helping her gain insight into her problems.

Anonymous

I came to Balance in a complete state of chaos. Going through the seemingly uncontrollable mood swings of withdrawals left me feeling hopelessly insane. When I met the staff and forged relationships with fellow participants I finally began to see and own my place in that craziness. I am finding my peace in a world that I cannot control by making decisions to better myself. I’m grateful to Balance for helping to guide me back to my center.

K.T.

Balance Treatment Center is a very helpful and knowledgeable center with friendly staff and doctors. I encourage anyone going through a challenge in life to seek treatment.

K.C.

I started off therapy at Balance feeling pretty desperate. I was horrified at where I was in life and what was going through my mind, and while I hoped Balance would help, I was very worried it wouldn’t – that it couldn’t for me since I was irreparably broken. But the people at Balance were very receptive to what I had to say and did not judge me for what I considered to be dark and crazy statements. To my surprise, that dark part of me was accepted. Everyone was very supportive throughout my progress, and prevented me from rash action when I was overwhelmed. I know this sounds like a fairy tale, like someone they made up – but I mean it when I say that I don’t know where I would be right now without me experience at Balance. I was drowning before and now I see a lot of meaning in my life.

S.P.
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