Compass Behavioral Health

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Proven Treatment
Outcomes for Teens

At California’s First DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Program™. A Duke University Clinical Research Performance Site

If your teen is experiencing:

  • Borderline personality disorder or traits
  • Suicidal behaviors, ideation, or self-harm
  • Self-loathing, problems with negative ruminations
  • Pervasive emotion dysregulation (big emotions, low skills)
  • Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or OCD spectrum disorders
  • Significant functional impairment caused by executive functioning issues, mood dependent behavior, and or unstable sleep patterns

Check your coverage, know your child’s options, and get informed on the admissions process!

Get help maximizing your
insurance coverage.

Compass Behavioral Health has a high rate of obtaining single case agreements as a Certified DBT Program. We’ll work with your insurance provider to get you the best coverage possible and minimize your expenses.


Proven Track Record, Confident Decisions

We clearly detail our residential treatment packages, leaving no stone unturned and everything on the table. We also make sure that our pricing is straightforward and clear from the very start.

Research-Proven Outcomes

As a Duke University Performance Site, we are concluding a 4-year study on the effective treatment of identity dysregulation in suicidal, self-harming teens. Our residential therapeutic programming was built around our study findings.

Recognized DBT Experts

Compass is a DBT Rotation & Training Site for UCI Medical School Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Columbia University School of Social Work. California’s First DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Program™.

Whole Child, Whole Family Wellness

Unique to Compass’ program is its focus on nutritional psychiatry, personalized executive functioning coaching, daily fitness, mindfulness, self-compassion training, intensive family DBT skills training, and researched-based family therapy.

World-class care in a retreat-like setting.

A holistic approach to your child, a whole family approach to treatment.


Your journey starts here, we can guide you.

Compass’ Executive Director, is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification™, Certified Clinician™, and a calibrated DBT Adherence Coder through the University of Washington, and has taught DBT at UCI School of Medicine since 2004.

Compass’ Medical Director is Certified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally, Dr. Motakef is trained in Nutritional Psychiatry and Fitness and will be overseeing a holistic approach to treatment, including training of resident’s “PLEASE skills”.

Compass’ Clinical Director received his DBT Intensive Training at Columbia University and is a research clinician on the Compass-Duke University study examining the treatment of identity dysregulation among suicidal and self-harming teens.

Individual therapy will be overseen by Dialectical Behavioral Therapy – Linehan Board of Certification™, Certified Clinicians™ who are calibrated DBT Adherence Coders through the University of Washington.

Compass’ Program Manager is a veteran psychiatric nurse of adolescent residential care, with a specialization in eating disorder treatment and managing the complex medical concerns associated with eating disorders.

All Guides (milieu counselors) have completed their bachelor’s and are in a Compass DBT Comprehensive Training Externship for Pre-Masters & Masters Level Graduate Studies in clinical psychology or social work.

Clear pricing. Full transparency.

We make sure our pricing is straightforward and clear from the very start. We believe in full transparency with our clients, from the moment you and your family consider a Compass Behavioral Health program to the moment your child returns home and beyond.


Individualized Treatment

Compass specializes in treating kids with Big Emotions and Low Skills. Our programming is like “Driver’s Ed”, teaching kids how to skillfully “drive themselves” through a combination of classroom lessons, and “behind the wheel” drive time. Our DBT Skills Training Group targets emotion regulation skills, while our structured milieu management protocols and intensive family therapy “pull out” new skillful behaviors. Our kids are like “manual transmissions in a world full of automatics”, we’ve got the right curriculum to teach them how to shift their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors and gain mastery over themselves.

How we support your child:

  • 6 residents maximum for focused care
  • All genders are welcome
  • Mood disorders only with a Borderline Personality Disorder track
  • 24-hour crisis intervention and DBT skills coaching
  • On-site nursing
  • 24-hour access to physician care
  • 1x weekly psychiatric medication management
  • 3 hours of individual therapy weekly by licensed DBT clinicians
  • 3 hours per week of attachment-based family therapy
  • Group therapies focused on evidenced-based treatments
  • Saturday family day programs and support

Our Admissions Process

Our admissions process involves a thorough assessment allowing us 1) to ensure that our program is the right fit for your child’s needs, 2) customize your child’s treatment plan, 3) track treatment gains as a source of accountability.


Free Consultation

After completing a brief survey of treatment needs, you will be scheduled with a free Meet & Greet with Compass’ Residential Clinical Director for both a tour of the program and personal consultation to ensure that your child’s unique needs can be met by our program.


Insurance Authorization for Treatment

Compass retains its high success rate of obtaining single case agreement contracts for treatment through a proven assessment method.

A full clinical intake assessment and assessment battery of psychological tests are obtained and utilized in support of a request for a single case agreement or an in-network authorization.

Once obtained, a verification of insurance benefits is made based on this authorization, and true out-of-pocket costs are determined, and given to you for your approval.



Once an authorization is obtained, and share of cost approved, you will receive a scheduled admissions day. A complete medical screener with labs must be completed prior to admitting day, along with remaining intake paperwork.

Once your intake packet is complete, it will be reviewed and approved by our Medical Director. You will then receive our Program Orientation Guidebook, complete with packing list, program schedule, important policies and procedures, and curriculum handouts.

The Farmhouse, located in the heart of Orange County, CA.

A treatment that works. Grounded in research, backed by decades of experience, and internationally recognized expertise.

Program Includes…

Our goal is to help give kids the skills they need to develop mastery over regulating their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, while solidifying their identity. We focus on Whole Family Wellness, coaching parents to be an effective Emotion Regulation Coach for their child while strengthening the parent-child attachment bond.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group

Adulting (Chores) Group

#Adulting (Chores) Group

Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Group

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Group

Community Group

Community Group

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group

Executive Functioning Coaching

Executive Functioning Coaching

Family Therapy

Family Therapy

Attachment-Focused Multi-Family Group

Attachment-Focused Multi-Family Group

Horticulture Therapy

Horticulture Therapy

Interpersonal Effectiveness Group

Interpersonal Effectiveness Group

Individual Skills Coaching

Individual Skills Coaching

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy

Love Mapping

Love Mapping

Mindful Cooking & Culinary Lab

Mindful Cooking & Culinary Lab

Multi-Family Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group

Multi-Family Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group

Mindfulness & Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindfulness & Mindful Self-Compassion

Parent Effectiveness Training

Parent Effectiveness Training

Physical Fitness & Yoga

Physical Fitness & Yoga

Sleep Hygiene Group

Sleep Hygiene Group


Take Advantage of the
Compass Experience

Your child will thrive in our beautiful residence while learning emotional regulation, self-compassion, adult living skills, and improved family communication.

Unique Ammenities & Treatment

  • Our property feels like a meditation retreat center, perfect for practicing mindfulness, yoga, and mindful self-compassion
  • With a full on-site gym, we support your child’s physical health with daily Fitness Programs including Pilates, Cross-Fit, and Zumba
  • Every child is encouraged to unplug and get grounded in our Horticulture Therapy Program, which includes a beautiful nursery and on-site vegetable garden with over 30 fruit trees
  • Your child will learn basic cooking skills in our culinary program
  • Through “Moodtrition Group”, your child will learn how to manage their mind and mood through food

Check your coverage and learn more to get care for your child!

Your Questions Answered

How can I pay for residential treatment for my teen at Compass Behavioral Health?

Due to Compass being one of the few DBT-Linehan Board of CertificationTM Programs in the country, Compass has a high success rate of obtaining an in-network authorization or a single case agreement. What this means for you is that you will be paying the same deductible and share-of-cost as if you chose an in-network provider. What also makes Compass unique is that we have a non-profit arm that can provide grant funding for qualified families that need assistance with their deductible and share-of cost for treatment.

Why choose Compass Behavioral Health for my Teen?

Our program was designed around our research findings of what it takes to truly put self-harm and suicide behaviors in remission.  

  • We treat mood disorders only – and do not admit teens with substance abuse challenges into our program. 
  • We have strong contagion behavior management protocols. 
  • Robust therapy of 3 hours of individual weekly & 3 hours of family weekly. 
  • In-Depth family component with our Saturday Family Day Programming to improve retention of treatment gains post discharge. 
  • Licensed and experienced team of clinicians with impressive certifications and training that you can view on our staff page.
  • Our floor staff are graduate clinical students in a 24 month DBT training externship.
  • We have unsurpassed observation, staffing ratios, and safety protocols.

Who do you treat?

We help youth struggling with depression and anxiety as their primary problem, as opposed to other programs where substance abuse is the primary focus. Before accepting a client, our admissions team, lead by the Residential Clinical Director, completes a thorough review of their history, including all hospital, school, and psychiatric records and relevant documentation. This review allows us to verify that each resident is appropriate for our program and can benefit from our research developed curriculum. Our goal is to help your child find their why to get better, find their how to regulate their thoughts & emotions, and to find their way to building a life worth living.

What is your treatment approach?

Our goal is to help give kids the skills they need to develop mastery over regulating their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, while solidifying their identity. We focus on Whole Family Wellness, coaching parents to be an effective Emotion Regulation Coach for their child while strengthening the parent-child attachment bond.

Compass’ Weekly Clinical Program Includes:

Robust Individual Therapy

  • 3 hours of individual therapy provided by expertly trained clinicians competent in providing:
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for big emotions with low emotion regulation skills
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for problematic thoughts, beliefs, and habits
    • DBT-Prolonged Exposure for trauma
    • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for gaining distance and perspective on problematic emotions and thoughts
    • Exposure-Response Prevention for OCD and anxiety-related conditions
    • Family-Based Therapy for Anorexia
  • 1 hour psychiatric evaluation and medication management with a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist
  • 1 hour of nutritional counseling with a registered dietitian.

Robust Family Treatment

  • 3 hours of DBT Attachment Based Family Therapy.
  • 2 hours of DBT Multi-Family Group
  • 1.5 hours of Parent Effectiveness Training and consultation to the parent
  • 1 hour of Attachment Based Multi-Family Group Therapy.
  • 1 hour of family fitness

Evidenced-Based Groups

  • 9 hours of DBT Skills Training.
  • 5 hours of Executive Functioning Coaching and SMART goals training
  • 3.5 hours of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • 3.5 hours of sleep hygiene and anti-anxiety skills practice.
  • 2.5 hours of mindfulness training and practice
  • 1 hour of Mindful Self-Compassion
  • 1 hour of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • 1 hour of Art Therapy, Psychodrama Therapy, Music Therapy, or Recreational Therapy

Whole-Child Wellness

10 hours of school with an assessment and remediation focus.

  • 7 hours of physical fitness including daily group fitness, yoga, and sports recreation
  • 5 hours of Nutritional Therapy and Culinary Lab
  • Adulting living skills are also woven throughout the program as residents are taught to cook, do their laundry, clean their rooms and bathrooms, and manage their personal hygiene daily.

Praise for Compass Behavioral Health

Praise from Past Parent

5 star rating

“Thank you for devoting your life to this purpose. Thank you for the scores of lives and families you are saving. I am profoundly indebted to you, and the Compass family. If there is ever any way I can give back, please do let me know.”

Past Parent
Parent Feedback at Discharge

Praise from Program Evaluator

5 star rating

“In my 15 years as a CARF program surveyor, having surveyed over 300 programs, I would place Compass in the top 3 of programs in terms of program quality.”

CARF Program Surveyor

Praise from Health Insurer

5 star rating

“Compass is the top teen residential program in the country, if I had a child that needed residential treatment I would send them here.”

Health Insurance Case Mgr
For Family Needing Referral

Good Neighbor Policy

The Farmhouse supports neighborhood harmony and positive relationships within our community. We understand you, as our neighbors and members of the community, may have concerns about our presence. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about our treatment home, the clients we serve, and the role we play in helping adolescents and their families.

Our residence is licensed by the CA Department of Social Services, Facility Number: 306090043. We follow all state and city regulations, planning, and zoning laws. We operate under a Group Home license, which allows us to serve a maximum of six children at one time. This small size, combined with a high staff-client ratio, allows us to provide the oversight, evidence-based care, and safety our youths need. This also allows us to be the best neighbors possible, which means unless you need us, we strive to be invisible neighbors.

Our Professional Team

Our dedicated team is made up of clinically trained, licensed mental health professionals with experience working with adolescents. Our residence has a full-time clinical director, program manager, and a full suite of expert therapists and milieu counselors. We maintain a 3:1 staff to client ratio.

The safety of our clients and our neighbors is the most important thing. Children and adolescents receiving treatment at the Farmhouse are supervised 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by our team of highly qualified professionals. We utilize strict line-of-sight policies, state-of-the-art monitoring technology, and maintain a high staff-to-client ratio. By keeping our clients safe, we keep our neighbors safe.

Who We Treat

We help youth struggling with depression and anxiety as their primary problem, as opposed to other programs where substance abuse is the primary focus. Before accepting a client, our admissions team, led by a licensed therapist, completes a thorough review of their history, including all hospital, school, and psychiatric records and relevant documentation. This review allows us to verify that each resident is appropriate for an unlocked environment and do not present a danger to other clients, staff, or the community. Our goal is to equip our youth to understand and manage emotions and develop more effective social interactions.

Our skills-based programming focuses on mindfulness, effective communication, and distress tolerance. We teach our teens practical ways to manage stress and regulate their emotions.

Noise, Activity, and the Condition of Our Homes

Our staff is committed to maintaining a safe and tranquil environment that helps young people heal, reconnect with their true selves, rediscover their passions, and develop practical skills that promote long-term recovery. Our residence is unlike adult treatment programs where clients often gather outside, smoke cigarettes, or come and go independently. We enforce a strict no smoking, no alcohol, and no drugs policy.

We also maintain rigorous supervision protocols. Teens are never allowed out of line-of-sight and line-of-hearing. Staff supervise clients when outdoors, during exercise activities, swimming, or playing outdoor games. We keep clients engaged in treatment, treatment-related, or therapeutic activities at all times.

Our program schedules provide daily structure, consisting of therapeutic groups such as yoga, mindful cooking, organic gardening, meditation, and art therapy. We include education and fitness-related activities as well. Our clients do not have excess free time. The recreation time they do have is supervised and typically involves playing cards, board games, journaling, exercising, or doing arts and crafts. Teens also use this time to call their parents or siblings.

We meet and exceed all safety standards required for a typical residential treatment home. We maintain our property to the standards set by each community. Surveillance cameras monitor our properties 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the security of our adolescents and neighbors. We respond immediately to any concerns. We care about our neighbors and instruct our staff to be respectful, mindful, and courteous at all times.

We embrace the motto a good neighbor is an invisible neighbor.

Parking and Traffic

Our residence has ample parking for daily staff. If we hold a public event, we hire a valet. Our core professional staff is on-site between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday, with supervisory staff on-site 24/7.

We do meaningful, important work with our adolescent clients and their families. By being good neighbors in a safe and quiet neighborhood, we make it possible for our teens to get the help they need in a comfortable home environment conducive to growth and recovery.

We welcome any questions, comments, or concerns you have. We are completely transparent about who we are and what we do. If you want to know more, please email us at The Farmhouse Executive Leadership Team reads and responds to every email received.

Before opening a new treatment center, we invite neighbors and community members to meet our local leadership team. We hold an open house and welcome anyone to take a tour and see our residence and grounds. We provide contact information to the facility for day-to-day questions or concerns. We welcome your interest and are happy to address any questions you have. We look forward to participating in good neighbor activities specific to our location.

If there are any questions are concerns, please contact our corporate office at or call (888) 265-9114.

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