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Behavioral Health

Mission Hospital Mission Viejo

2253.1 miles away
Mon, Tue, Thurs: 4-7 p.m.
Fri: 4-6:30 p.m.
Couple on jet ski

Behavioral Health

Mission Hospital Mission Viejo

Mon, Tue, Thurs: 4-7 p.m.
Fri: 4-6:30 p.m.

Mental Health Services Available with Telehealth

Mission Hospital is committed to supporting those seeking recovery from mental health and chemical dependency through these uncertain times with telehealth services. Learn more or call 949-226-3247.

Our Approach

As part of our commitment to care of the whole person – mind, body and spirit, Mission Hospital has developed a comprehensive and intensive outpatient program designed to help adolescents cope with and manage many of life’s stresses.

The After-School Program Intervention and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE®) is designed to benefit teens who may lack positive coping skills to manage life stressors which often results in struggles with mental and emotional health and resort to unhealthy or unsafe behaviors such as substance use, self-injury, and engagement with risky peers.


To schedule a complimentary confidential assessment, please call us at 949-364-4246.

The Program

Through psychoeducation, adaptive coping strategies and experiential techniques, ASPIRE helps teens establish a path toward mental and emotional wellness, resiliency, and success.

ASPIRE utilizes an evidence-based treatment approach called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which helps individuals use mindfulness to help identify triggers that lead to unhelpful behavior patterns.

Conditions Treated

This heightened awareness established by DBT, in combination with learning new, effective coping skills has shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health issues including:

  • Mood disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation
  • PTSD
  • Eating disorders

What to Expect

ASPIRE’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) lasts eight weeks. It is more comprehensive than traditional outpatient therapy and is designed to prevent adolescents with more acute mental health concerns from decompensating and requiring higher levels of care.

Patients attend the program Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m.  to 7 p.m., as well as Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.. The part-time, late afternoon schedule allows the family to maintain their daily routine, while addressing mental health needs in a structured treatment environment.

Group Therapy

Group therapy can often be more powerful than individual therapy as it provides a sense of connection and inclusion, allows for giving and receiving support and helps patients relate to others in healthier ways. For teenagers, these types of social interactions and relationships help develop self-awareness and personal identity.

Using the DBT model, group therapy sessions focus on:

  • Mindfulness: Being fully aware and attentive in the present moment without judgment
  • Distress Tolerance: Tolerating difficult situations and emotional pain when problems cannot be solved right away
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Building and maintaining positive relationships and self-esteem
  • Emotion Regulation: Understanding emotions, reducing emotional vulnerability and reactivity, and increasing positive emotions
  • Walking the Middle Path: Being able to acknowledge and accept others’ perspectives, even if they are different from your own

Family Participation

We believe that the family system plays an important role in adolescent development and growth; therefore, we work extensively with the family throughout treatment to ensure the greatest potential for success. Our weekly parent skills and multi-family groups provide an opportunity for parents to practice and refine the tools learned in program in collaboration with their children.

Our Approach

The VIBE (Values, Insight, Balance, Effectiveness) program is a safe and supportive space for young adults 18 – 26. With the help of our highly experienced treatment team, young adults learn the fundamental life skills they need to help them navigate this transitional stage in their lives and successfully create the lives they want by:

  • Improving their sense of self
  • Implementing effective coping strategies
  • Establishing and maintaining healthy relationships
  • Increasing personal agency 

Our experienced interdisciplinary treatment team is made up of highly trained marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and nurses.

Our Program

Our intensive outpatient program includes:

  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Group counseling focused on:
    • Values and identity formation
    • Adjustment
    • Mindfulness
    • Distress tolerance and emotion regulation skills
    • Loneliness and isolation
    • Healthy relationships and boundaries
    • Depression and anxiety
  • Psychiatry services and medication consultation 

Young adults meet in a small interactive group setting three to four days per week from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

To get started call: (949) 365-2298

Our Approach

Mission Hospital’s Maternal Mental Health and Wellness Intensive Outpatient Program offers evidence-based group therapy for pregnant and postpartum moms. We provide specialized treatment for maternal mental health disorders, also known as, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Our Program

There are many disorders that can occur anytime during pregnancy and last up to one year following birth. Our program is tailored to help moms improve their ability to cope and function in their daily life, including caring for themselves, their baby and their family. We offer a wide variety of therapeutic treatment modalities including:

  • Group therapy and individual treatment
  • Ongoing psychiatric evaluation, follow-up and medication management
  • Weekly family group
  • Intensive outpatient level of care, which includes three psychotherapy groups a day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday

We provide a nurturing and nonjudgmental environment for mothers and their babies to bond and develop skills to promote their mental health and wellness.

As part of the baby bonding experience between mother and baby, we encourage and welcome bringing your newborn or infant with you.

To get started call: 949-499-7504