Evolve Lafayette Teen Residential Treatment Center

Lafayette, East Bay, California

Lafayette, located in Contra Costa County, California, is a small town situated between Berkeley and Walnut Creek in the East Bay. Lafayette is known for its green rolling hills, myriad oak trees, and general natural beauty. At Evolve Lafayette, teens live on-site for an average of 30-60 days in a private, gated estate located in a woodsy, scenic area of Lafayette. Evolve Lafayette offers round-the-clock support and treatment for teens struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-injurious behavior, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), psychosis, trauma, addiction, or other high-acuity mental health, substance abuse, or behavioral issues.

The town of Lafayette is named after the Marquis de Lafayette, the famous French military officer who played an essential role in defeating the British during the American Revolution. Lafayette also served as a stop on the historic Pony Express, the 19th century postal system in America. Now, adjacent to the towns of Moraga and Orinda, Lafayette is included in the area known locally as Lamorinda. The semi-rural character of the town is preserved by its oak-tree studded mountains, rich wildlife, and many parks, including Lafayette Reservoir and Briones Regional Park.

Residential Treatment at Evolve Lafayette

The residential treatment experience at Evolve Lafayette is unique. Our treatment centers for children aged 12-17 are warm, comfortable, and homey, designed to put our residents at ease so they can focus on what matters: treatment. At the same time, our safety protocols are among the strongest in the country. We pride ourselves on making safety our number one priority. Treatment can be hard work, but we know that in the right environment, with the right people, teens can develop practical coping skills, learn more about themselves, build enriching new relationships, and yes, have fun. Our licensed staff – who are as nurturing and accepting as they are professional and experienced – encourage personal growth and lay the foundation for sustainable, lifelong recovery. Our staff to client ratio is at least 1:3, one of the highest available for a teen residential treatment center. Teens feel like they’re in a personal, individualized recovery center designed to meet their specific therapeutic needs – because that’s exactly where they are.

Personalized Treatment for Total Healing

Our teens receive evidence-based, solution-focused, results-oriented therapy.

At Evolve Lafayette, we learn everything we can about each of our teens before creating a customized recovery plan that serves their specific clinical needs. In addition to psychiatry, we incorporate Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) while offering experiential therapies such as equine-assisted therapy, art therapy, yoga, fitness, music therapy, hiking, and more. Experiential therapies provide fun, healthy outlets for teens, expose them to new ways of expressing themselves, and help them discover what a “life worth living” looks like for them. Teens also have dedicated hours for educational and academic support so they can stay on track with schooling.

We offer a wide range of therapeutic modalities since we believe that each adolescent connects differently and that recovery can happen anywhere. Teens participate in daily group therapy on topics like trigger management, interpersonal dynamics, DBT Skills (mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness), and more. Since we believe that it is vital to support the entire family when treating a teen, we offer regular family therapy in addition to the multiple individual therapy sessions a teen receives every week.

Recovery plans at Evolve Lafayette include the following therapeutic modalities:

Individual Therapy

Group Therapy

Family Therapy

Mindfulness Practices



Mindful Walking

Mindful Cooking

Our teens also take part in a wide range of innovative experiential therapies, such as:

Music, Art, & Dance

Equine-Assisted Therapy (Horses)


Physical Fitness

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Evolve Lafayette Staff

  • Shikha Verma, MD
    Shikha Verma, MD
  • Carmen Chow, LMFT
    Carmen Chow, LMFT
    Clinical Program Director
  • Jennifer Gilley, LVN
    Jennifer Gilley, LVN
    Facility Manager
  • Diana Chang, LMFT
    Diana Chang, LMFT
    Primary Therapist
  • Zoe Machado, AMFT
    Zoe Machado, AMFT
    Primary Therapist

Photos of Our Lafayette Program

Location Details

Our home is located on a quiet, secluded cul-de-sac in Lafayette’s Happy Valley neighborhood. We’re right at the foot of Briones Regional Park, so our decks offer breathtaking panoramic views of lush greenery and unspoiled nature. Beautiful hiking trails are just a few minutes away. The nearly one-acre home sits at the end of a long, gated driveway lined by shady trees, offering the privacy and peace an adolescent needs to focus on healing and recovery.

Our teen residential treatment center in Lafayette includes the following amenities:

  • Comfortable, well-appointed living quarters
  • Large, fully modern kitchen
  • School area with computers, printers, and everything needed for schoolwork, personal enrichment, and therapy assignments
  • Dedicated spaces for therapy sessions and group time
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Swimming pool
  • Huge, grassy backyard with outdoor seating/eating/community areas
  • On-site chef

This intimate recovery center serves a maximum of six teenagers at a time, with a 24/7 teen-staff ratio of 3:1.