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Awakenings Review

Awakenings offers outpatient care in Agoura Hills, a small scenic city on the border of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Awakenings opened its doors five years ago and uses a variety of evidence-based and holistic practices to provide cutting-edge treatment at the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) levels of care.

Each client receives a customized treatment plan that may incorporate trauma-informed care (TIC) and dual-diagnosis support for co-occurring disorders. Awakenings also operates a sober living home that can accommodate clients while they complete their outpatient treatment.

Awakenings was founded by Dr. Shari Corbit, a psychologist who previously served as Vice President of Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu, and Peter Corbitt, a certified clinical neurotherapist.

Treatment and Staff

Awakenings offers dedicated treatment tracks for mental health, eating disorders, substance abuse and chronic pain management. After an assessment, clients may be assigned groups in one or more treatment tracks. PHP clients attend group therapy from 9:30am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday. IOP clients usually attend group therapy for three hours, three times a week, and morning, afternoon and evening groups are usually available. All clients have individual therapy at least once a week and a neurofeedback session each day they’re attending treatment.

Most clients are in treatment for 90 days; many PHP clients step-down to IOP treatment as they progress. Awakenings is experienced treating significant mental health diagnoses, including severe eating disorders and bi-polar and schizo-affective disorders. In addition to neurofeedback, therapy uses CBT, DBT and alpha-stimulation. Clients also participate in mindfulness training and art therapy.

Groups are led by CATCs and MFTs and clients usually have outside psychiatrists with whom they meet at least twice a week.

Awakenings works with all clients to identify a 12-step fellowship to attend. Clients must attend at least two meetings a week and pursue sponsorship. PHP clients also meet with a life coach to help them work towards professional and educational goals.


Awakenings has a strong family program that includes family therapy and a weekly family support group that meets each Wednesday evening. Clients can also order concierge treatments, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic and Heller Structural Integration work, for an additional fee.

Awakenings is pet-friendly, and there is no size-limit on dogs allowed in the treatment center. For aftercare, Awakenings offers a weekly alumni meeting and former clients are welcome to drop into a treatment group each week.

In Summary

Awakenings boasts dual-licenses for the treatment of mental health and substance abuse. Its targeted treatment plans use a variety of neuroscientific as well as holistic treatment modalities that help clients restructure their physiology as well as their behavior for optimal success in recovery. By requiring clients to participate in 12-step fellowships and offering a family program, Awakenings ensures that clients leave treatment with a strong network of social support and understanding.

Awakenings Location

28720 Roadside Dr, Ste 200
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Awakenings Cost

Accepts insurance; call for self-pay rates. Reach Awakenings by phone at (855) 717-3268. Find Awakenings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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  1. Tommy Sullivan on

    Our son Cooper arrived at Awakenings Treatment Center after his second major psychotic episode, on probation from some serious charges in New Jersey. He was still undiagnosed after 18 months since his first major episode. Both were horrific in their separate ways. We didn’t know where to turn at this point and had exhausted efforts before finding Dr. Shari Corbitt and team through something I consider a divine trail of conversation. There were so many conversations before finding Awakenings that all led nowhere. When Dan Petersen (Awakenings intake coordinator) called me, he offered me so much hope. He said that he believed they could really help Cooper.

    One of the biggest hurdles we came across was that hardly any places we could find specifically addressed brain disorders without a dual diagnosis with addiction. The ones we did find before Awakenings were 100% private pay, which we could not afford. When I explained that Cooper did not have a substance use disorder along side a brain disorder, Dan encouraged us that that was OK and he could be treated for his condition and that his court stuff wasn’t out of the ordinary for many people. The timing was impeccable. Our son was about to be released from prison, but not allowed to leave the state, which meant his only option would have been a shelter. The courts were able to release him to California based on the fact that he was seeking treatment at Awakenings.

    Our son’s time in treatment was 10 Months. 7 months of full time care and 3 months of step down. With Awakenings cutting-edge neuro-scientific treatment technologies, the changes were noticeable almost immediately. Our son was diagnosed with schizophrenia shortly after entering treatment and from there was able to gain a level of acceptance that allowed him to understand that he was not his illness, and that if he treated his illness he could have promising life.

    Having an intense individualized 12-step recovery plan laid out for our son, he worked very hard while be supported, encouraged and loved. I’ve never met a more loving and compassionate team of people. All of the communication with the team was clear and Dr. Shari made sure that we knew that she was always available to us, and was, anytime we had a question or concern. The level of professionalism and compassion towards Cooper and all of us was a gift.

    Awakenings Treatment Center saved our son’s life, and did so when we were on the verge hopelessness. We are forever grateful to Dr. Shari and her amazing team for Cooper’s life, health, and ongoing recovery. They come highly recommended by all of us here who have witnessed this remarkable time.

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