IOP Mental Health Program in Los Angeles
For 40 years, The Life Adjustment Team has been implementing state-of-the-art comprehensive outpatient psychiatric rehabilitation using the best evidence-based practices. We provide one-to-one support in the home, community, school, and workplace when appropriate and work with clients that have a variety of conditions.
Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is for individuals living with a mental health diagnosis and/or struggling with an addiction. IOP consists of individual and group therapy utilizing evidence-based and experiential modalities. Our goal is to provide every client with the skills and tools needed to lead an emotionally balanced and fulfilling life.
What a Client Can Expect From LAT’s Intensive Outpatient Program for Mental Health
Clients can expect a smaller, more individualized program, with the one-on-one attention many clients need. Each week, clients will be involved in ten hours spread over three days. Nine of those hours are in the group setting, with one individual hour with a trained clinical staff member. The goal of our smaller-sized IOP is to help clients explore different obstacles in their lives, determine what they want in their future, learn how to set goals, and then work towards those goals.
In addition, unlike other programs, our IOP tends to be more hands on. This is achieved through incorporating music, drama, and art groups into our Cognitive Behavioral focused curriculum. Staying active adds a welcome balance to clinical work that helps reduce a client’s fatigue. We have found that clients enjoy the blend of hands-on groups with our Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and are more likely to engage with our program due to the diversity in group topics. We have also found that our IOP is a great step down program for these same reasons.
Who’s Right For Our Outpatient Treatment?
Our program helps clients readjust after being in an inpatient setting, as well as clients that are looking for a program to help them build a proper foundation and structure in their life. From a harm-reduction standpoint, our program does not use shame, and we strive to meet clients where they are emotionally, behaviorally, and cognitively. While we are not specifically an addiction- focused program, some of our clients do struggle with substance and non-substance addictions.
Day, Evening, and Telehealth Options Available
We Accept Most Insurance Plans
Meet Our Intensive Outpatient Treatment Staff & Group Program Facilitators
Eric B. Carlson, LMFT
Clinical Director, Intensive Outpatient Programs
Eric currently serves as the Clinical Director of the Intensive Outpatient Program at Life Adjustment Team – a mental health primary IOP working with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and other serious mental health issues, in both group and individual settings.
Since starting as LAT’s IOP Clinical Director in 2016, Eric has worked with clients and their families
(i) conducting initial consultations and intake assessments,
(ii) formulating treatment and discharge plans,
(iii) coordinating care with other treatment providers,
(iv) administering and analyzing psychometric measures for depression, anxiety, and stress,
(v) helping clients set and achieve healthy self-care goals, and
(vi) working with insurance companies to obtain initial and ongoing authorizations for continued care.
Sharon Magar, LMFT
Program Coordinator, Intensive Outpatient Programs
Graduating from Sierra University with an M.A. in psychology in 1989, Sharon Magar, LMFT, brings seasoned and passionate experience to LAT Intensive Outpatient Program, with a specialty focus on cognitive behavioral psychology, mindfulness, substance abuse, treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders, bariatric psychology and clinical direction. Serving in a variety of roles including Primary Therapist, Assessment Specialist and Clinical Director, Sharon is intimately familiar with the path of substance abuse recovery and mental health wellness. In private practice since 1994, Sharon has also provided extensive support to intensive outpatient programming to meet the mandates of JHACO and DHCS for licensing readiness and certification. With extensive experience operating Intensive Outpatient Programs in Los Angeles, Hollywood and Culver City, Sharon has served in roles of Primary Therapist, Assessment Specialist and Clinical Director.
Bringing the life lessons learned through her own recovery process, with over 6 years of sobriety and being of daily service to other individuals seeking wholeness and freedom from substance dependency, Sharon has also served as a Bariatric Therapist Specialist, helping over 2000 bariatric patients with the painful struggles of obesity, the impact of rapid weight loss on relationships, jobs, family, friendships, and the emotional triggers that can lead to weight regain after WLS. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and ASMBS – American Society for Metabolic Surgery.
Katie Eberle, MA
Harmony Rousseau, LMFT
Group Facilitator, IOP
Harmony Rousseau is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in trauma and addiction. She received her Masters degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge in 2007. She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. She has also been trained in Laurel Parnell’s Attachment Focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Pia Melody’s Post Induction Therapy (PIT) model.
Harmony began her career working at The Canyon at Peace Park, Malibu, serving as a primary therapist in their residential dual diagnosis treatment center. She has also worked as a primary therapist at Promises Treatment Center and in the outpatient setting of Westside Treatment. She has facilitated groups, individual, couples and family sessions. In addition to her MFT, Harmony also holds a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (P.P.S.) and works for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Adult Education Program, running all counseling services.
Hiroko Saeki, MA, LMFT, RDT
Group Facilitator, IOP
Hiroko is a Registered Drama Therapist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Hiroko holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Spiritual and Depth Psychology specialization, from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from University of California, Los Angeles. Hiroko currently offers drama therapy groups at several locations, serving people struggling with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities, and also sees clients at the Antioch University Counseling Center. Hiroko previously worked with people struggling with severe mental illness and homelessness as a starting member of the UCLA’s Creative Minds Project. Hiroko believes in the transformative power of drama and other expressive arts and uses symbolic, imaginative, and experiential approaches to promote symptom relief, healing, greater integration of self, and personal growth.
Lydia Kosinar, LMFT
Group Facilitator, IOP
Lydia received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas, and her Masters of Arts from Phillips Graduate University in Los Angeles. Lydia has over 4 years of experience working with individuals, families, and couples, in the inpatient and outpatient settings, treating substance abuse, trauma, and personality disorders. Lydia is trained in DBT and opened her private practice in 2016, specializing in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, complex trauma and addiction and substance abuse. The goal of DBT is to help clients build a life that they experience as worth living. In DBT, the client and the therapist work together to set goals that are meaningful to the client. Often this means we work on ways to decrease harmful behaviors and replace them with effective, life-enhancing behaviors. Problematic behaviors evolve as a way to cope with a situation or attempt to solve a problem. While these behaviors might provide temporary relief or a short-term solution, they often are not effective in the long-term. DBT assumes that clients are doing they best they can, AND they need to learn new behaviors in all relevant contexts. DBT helps enhance a client’s capabilities by teaching behavioral skills, and these skills help people develop effective ways to navigate situations that arise in everyday life or manage specific challenges.
Jaynee Golden, LCSW, CADC-1
Group Facilitator, IOP
Jaynee earned in a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada in 2011. After, she attended the University of Southern California, where she received a Master of Social Work degree. Since graduating from USC in 2013, Jaynee has worked in a variety of clinical settings with both adolescents and adults, including in a non-public, special education school as a mental health counselor, a residential facility as a therapist and case manager, and as a group facilitator in inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs – as well as providing substance abuse counseling services to individuals that struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. She specializes in working with teenagers and young adults with anxiety and/or depression, substance abuse issues, and co-occurring disorders. She is also passionate about working with people who struggle to navigate challenging family dynamics and those that are impacted by a loved one’s addiction or mental health challenges. Jaynee largely incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) practices in her clinical work and has found great success using this intervention when treating various populations in both individual and group settings. Jaynee currently runs the CBT group at Life Adjustment Team.
Genia Young, LMFT, ATR-BC
Group Facilitator, IOP
Genia is a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Genia holds Master’s Degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy Specializing in Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University and in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College. Genia currently provides clinical art therapy services and art therapy supervision in both her private practice and through the Helen B. Landgarten Clinic at LMU. Genia previously worked with children and families impacted by trauma as a counselor and art therapy supervisor for Cedars-Sinai’s schooled based program. Engaging in the creative process in a therapeutic setting with a professionally trained therapist can advance communication skills, foster relationship building, and enhance an overall sense of well-being. No artistic ability required.
John Mews, BMT, MA, MFTA
Group Facilitator, IOP
John received his bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Capilano University in Vancouver, BC. After six years in private practice, John got his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of San Francisco. Since then he has expanded his practice to provide counseling, support, and education to the whole family. Recently, John has studied his advanced training in Neurologic Music Therapy and is supporting clients through evidenced-based neurological music therapy practice.