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Choices Counseling and Skills Center is located in Sierra Madre, California. Founded by Patricia Gieselman in 1995, CCSC is an outpatient facility primarily relying on DBT techniques. CCSC offers specialized, evidence-based treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders for adults, adolescents and older children through the DBT program which opened in 2009. Additionally, services for individuals, families and couples are available, as are workshops and training for mental health professionals working towards certification.

Treatment and Staff

CCSC offers two recovery tracks with enrollment determined by the unique needs of each client. The first program is offered through the DBT Center and includes therapy for clients who have been diagnosed with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders—with special treatment for their families. In order to be admitted to this program, clients must be seen by an intake professional and bio-psycho-socially assessed. The second program consists of Skills Workshops for emotional wellness and social learning. Clients are admitted into the appropriate program and grouped with peers.

The adult program is for clients aged 18 and up. Typically clients focus on developing greater control over their emotional states and gaining understanding of their reaction versus response to conflict. Over the course of six months, clients meet for individual therapy once to twice per week. Each session is 45 minutes and includes working towards fulfilling treatment goals and objectives developed during intake. Once or twice a week, clients also attend group therapy sessions at the facility. Each group is one and a half hours in length and uses DBT techniques as well as mindfulness and awareness exercises.

The adolescent program at CCSC provides care for adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17. The same techniques are employed as in the adult track, but modified to accommodate the unique needs of younger clients. The Preteen program is developed for children between the ages of nine and 12 who are exhibiting behavior in need of treatment. While there are not many cases of chemical dependency at this age, substance abuse treatment is available.

Clients are encouraged to attend 12-step meetings while enrolled in treatment. There is no detox available, but those requiring detox are referred to an outside facility. Dual-diagnosis support is available for clients with co-occurring disorders.

All therapeutic activities are facilitated by a staff of LCSW and MFTs. Each therapist has additional training for treatment of substance abuse and specializes in DBT treatment.


The facility offers specialized workshops for clients and family as well as parenting courses to strengthen their confidence and boundaries with their children. In addition, CCSC also offers personal success classes for clients who need assistance in navigating emotional difficulties.

In addition to group and individual therapy, CCSC offers telephone coaching for clients having difficulties but who cannot attend on-site treatment.

In Summary

Choices Counseling and Skills Center specializes in DBT-centric treatment for individuals with substance abuse and mental health difficulties. All programs are divided by age and typically last for six months in duration. Clients engage in group, individual and family therapy that is directed towards reversing negative thinking patterns and destructive behaviors. Workshops and additional training for mental health professionals are also available. Overall, CCSC provides evidence based treatment tailored for each age group and their specific needs.

Choices Counseling and Skills Center Location

Choices Counseling and Skills Center
37 Auburn Ave #1
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Choices Counseling and Skills Center Cost

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