Evolve Santa Barbara Outpatient Treatment for Teens

Santa Barbara, California

Evolve Day Programs

Treatment for the Whole Person

Evolve Santa Barbara offers individualized mental health and substance abuse treatment in the heart of the downtown district. Situated between the Santa Ynez Mountains in the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south, this popular resort town is known for its important history, quaint streets, and breathtaking landscapes. Our outpatient center, just a few blocks away from the Santa Barbara Courthouse, Santa Barbara High School, and Santa Barbara Historical Museum, is located downtown along the well-known State Street, a main thoroughfare of shops, banks, offices, and cafes. Our central location also means we’re less than a 10-minute drive to the beach, museums, and historic and cultural landmarks.

Our teenagers receive therapy in a safe, supportive setting ideal for healing and recovery. Treatment can be hard work, but we know our teens can learn practical coping skills while learning about themselves, having fun, and building enriching new relationships. We encourage personal growth and lay the foundation for sustainable, lifelong recovery.

Two Levels of Personalized Care

At Evolve Santa Barbara, we learn everything we can about each of our teens before creating their individualized treatment plan. We find out what they like and what gets them excited, then translate that knowledge into a customized program that serves their specific needs. We apply traditional approaches such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Group DBT, Family Therapy, Multifamily Groups, and Parent Support Groups. Daily educational and academic support is provided to help students stay on track with schooling. We equally emphasize experiential activities such as surfing, hiking, mindful walking, art, yoga, and music, as we believe that teens connect differently to various modalities and that recovery can happen anywhere.

Adolescents receive our full spectrum of solution-focused, evidence-based therapy at each level of care:

Partial Hospitalization (PHP)

Our partial hospitalization program serves teens who live at home and attend the Evolve full-day treatment program. At the PHP level, teens receive two individual therapy sessions per week, one psychiatric evaluation per week, and daily academic support. Our intensive Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) can serve as a starting point for teens who need more structure than our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or it can be a step-down option from Residential or Inpatient Hospitalization. PHP is a full day of treatment, offered five days a week.

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Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) serves teens transitioning down from a higher level of care (PHP, Residential or Inpatient Hospitalization) or can be a solid entry point for teens who need more structure than their weekly psychotherapy sessions. Intensive Outpatient is appropriate for teens who live at home and attend school. At the IOP level, teens receive one individual therapy session per week, one psychiatric evaluation per week, and daily academic support. While the frequency of treatment varies according to each individual’s needs, teens in Intensive Outpatient typically receive three hours of treatment four days a week.

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Individual Therapy

Group Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindful Walking



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


Music & Art


Physical Fitness


Rock Climbing

Photos of Our Santa Barbara Program

Location Details

Located off State Street, our renovated two-story suite is slightly secluded from view. Our program entrance is located through the parking lot, offering privacy and convenience to clients coming in and out of the building. While our 4300-square-foot center looks like a typical office space from the outside, our narrow doors hide our expansive interior. Our main common room, complete with a ping-pong table, is used for socializing and downtime; our therapy rooms and thematically decorated side rooms (used for art, music, schoolwork, and more) envelope you in an atmosphere of recovery and healing. Our surfboard on the wall showcases our philosophy: that our greatest healer can sometimes be nature itself.

Which level of care do I need?

It can be confusing to determine which level of care—PHP or IOP—is appropriate for your teen. That’s why we encourage you and your child to visit us for a complimentary tour and personal assessment with our clinical team.

Call 1-800-665-4769 to set up a tour and assessment today.