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Sober College

At Sober College, we empower young men and women ages 18 - 26 to find their purpose, discover true passion and follow a path of excellence by offering a one-of-a-kind treatment experience - centered around Five Core Competencies - that seamlessly integrates academics and drug rehabilitation.

1-800-803-0635 ext. 00160
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6022 Variel Avenue

Woodland Hills, California 91367

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Treatment and Services Offered:

    • Addiction Rehab
    • Alcohol Rehab
    • Continuing Care
    • Drug Rehab
    • Dual Diagnosis
    • Family Therapy
    • Group Therapy
    • Individual Therapy (Psychotherapy)
    • Nutritionist
    • Pharmaceutical Prescription
    • Psychological Evaluation
    • Residential Treatment
    • Small Residential Programs
    • Substance Abuse Recovery
    • Substance Abuse Rehab
    • Support Living
    • Transitional Independent Living Programs
    • Other

Accepted Age Groups:

  • Teens
  • Adults

Specific Populations Treated:

Young Adults ages 18-26

Types of Therapy Offered:

  • Anger Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Behaviorism
  • Biofeedback
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Core Process Psychotherapy
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Depth Therapy
  • Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Equine and Animal-Assisted Psychotherapies
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Integral Psychotherapy
  • Integrative Body Psychotherapy
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Neurofeedback
  • Neuropsychology
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psycho-Physical Therapy
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relational Life Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Self-Relations Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Sport / Fitness Psychology
  • Systems Theory / Therapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy

Concerns Treated:

  • Abuse / Survivors of Abuse
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Borderline Personality
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Internet Addiction
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Actualization
  • Young Adult Issues

Languages Accomodated:

  • English

Facility Amenities:

  • Educational Classes
  • Entertainment
  • Gym
  • Hiking Trails
  • Jacuzzi
  • On-Site Social Events
  • Organized Outings
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Transportation Services
  • Visitation Hours
  • Computers
  • Mail
  • Meals Provided
  • Nutrition
  • Radio
  • Refrigerators
  • Snacks
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Wireless Internet

Setting (outpatient / inpatient):

  • Adult Residential
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment
  • Long Term (>30 Days) Residential Inpatient
  • Outpatient
  • Partial Hospitalization (Day Treatment)
  • Short Term (<30 Days) Residential Inpatient
  • Teens and Adolescent Residential
  • Young Adult Residential
  • Sliding scale fees and plans are available at this center

Fee Information:

Sober College is an out-of-network provider but is able to work with most insurance companies to help offset the cost of treatment. There are some out-of-pocket costs as well. For more information, please contact our Admissions Team at 888-991-9632 or email admissions@sobercollege.com

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 Aimee Noel , LCSW

Aimee has experience working in residential treatment, working with adults with co-occurring disorders, conducting therapy with children, families and has strong ties in the recovery community. She has pursued specialized training in suicide risk assessment, family systems, trauma and mindfulness. Aimee brings the perspective of looking at individuals along a developmental continuum within a bio psychosocial context. “One of the things I love most about Sober College is that we are not just treating each resident’s drug abuse issues, we are looking at all aspects of the individual’s life and offering support to the whole person.” Aimee brings a strong clinical background, an entrenched understanding of the complexities of adolescent and young adults and most importantly is tied into the professional network that exists in the Southern California community. Aimee’s leadership and organizational skills are paramount in leading an internal Sober College team that includes Psychiatry, Neuropsychology, Internal Medicine, Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Somatic Mindfulness Experiencing, Urban Experiential Activities and much more. Additionally, she will coordinate the delivery of specialized therapies and treatments when necessary. More About Aimee: Aimee Noel is a native Angeleno joining the Sober College team after working in the non-profit family service field since 1996. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology at California State University, Chico in 1995 and went on to study at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA where she earned her Master’s degree in 2002.

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 Todd Zorick , MD, Ph.D

Todd Zorick Todd Zorick, MD, Ph.D – Psychiatrist Todd Zorick, M.D. completed residency in psychiatry, as well as a sub-specialty fellowship in addiction psychiatry at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and earned his Ph.D in Neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Zorick has the rare distinction of being double-board certified—Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine–in treatment of dual diagnosis individuals. He is a member of the American Psychiatry Association and the 2005 winner of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Outstanding Psychiatry Resident Award. Dr. Zorick was the Veterans Association Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Career Development Award grantee at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Los Angeles on his project “Citalopram Effects on Craving and Striatal Dopamine Availability in Alcohol Dependence.” In addition to being Sober College’s Psychiatrist, Dr. Zorick is currently the Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and an esteemed published author of neuroscience and addiction papers. For nearly a decade, Dr. Zorick has worked in residential treatment helping young adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. His expertise in dual-diagnosis treatment, addiction psychiatry & neuroscience makes him a vital part of Sober College’s Clinical Treatment Program.

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 Oriana Murphy , MA, CADC II, LCSW

Oriana has shown passionate dedication to those who struggle with addiction issues through her extensive studies and over 12 years of experience in the fields of addiction and mental health treatment. Not only did Oriana earn her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California, but also completed a Masters of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Addiction and Certification as a CADCII Counselor. She has experience working in all aspects of the field, both inpatient and outpatient settings, and is well known and respected in the Southern California recovery community. Over the past couple years Oriana has changed her focus from direct client care to programmatic oversight. She was promoted in 2015 from Director of Recovery Services to Associate Executive Director. Oriana supervises the team of directors, the counseling department, oversees communication and coordination of care with families, and is responsible for ensuring quality services in the Sobriety Component of Sober College’s Five Core Competency Model.

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 Liz Gomez , MSW

Liz Gomez received her undergraduate degree in social work from Syracuse University in New York, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. Before coming to Sober College, Gomez served as a consultant for youth programs across the country. Her experience in providing training and technical assistance and expertise on trauma informed approaches to working with runaway and homeless youth; the operation of a transitional living and independent living programs; and on administrative operations for programs providing services for youth – expertise she gained through serving as Executive Director of Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN), a position she held for 17 years. She joined the LAYN staff in 1989, bringing with her nearly 10 years of experience working with juvenile offenders, homeless youth and other high-risk youth populations. She has served on the boards of the California Coalition for Youth, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; the advisory board of The California Wellness Foundation’s Violence Prevention Initiative. In addition to working at Sober College, Gomez currently serves as a board member for The California Wellness Foundation and has been actively involved in the leadership of numerous youth-serving, philanthropic, civic and community organizations. Gomez shares, “What drew me to Sober College was their niche in serving young adults seeking recovery. Through my work over the years with this population of young people, it is clear they have unique needs and not everyone is equipped to provide quality services for them as Sober College is.”

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 Mindi Pfeifer , LCSW

ust as some people are born to become athletes or use music to speak to others, Mindi Levins-Pfeifer found her calling in life at a young age. She was born to instill hope in young people, even in the most dire of circumstances. It is a passion that has driven her throughout her career: A career that now spans more than two decades and has been singularly focused on helping youth in crisis. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from UCLA, Mindi spent more than a decade working with street kids as a case manager and director at the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN). Following that important work, Mindi returned to school to gain a Master’s degree in Social Work at Cal State Long Beach and began consulting for Free Clinics throughout the greater Los Angeles area. It was during this time – after spending years of working for others to help underserved youth – that Mindi and her husband, Robert, discovered a bigger dream. One only they could fulfill. Recognizing a need for creating a different kind of treatment program for young adults struggling with addiction, they utilized their unique expertise and resources to open Sober College’s doors in 2005. And in doing so, they effectively redefined rehab for young people and their families. Since then, and as part of her work at Sober College, Mindi has been dedicated to helping clients conquer their addictions. But she does more than that. She is also tireless in her endeavor to help her young clients rediscover the joys in life and redefine life’s limits. And when she’s not helping the young people on Sober College’s campus, Mindi is at home, enjoying life with Robert and their children, Ben and Sarah.

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 Robert Pfeifer , MSW

In 2000, after developing and managing programs in the fields of education and chemical dependency treatment, Robert Pfeifer set out to create an innovative and effective treatment program for what he considered to be an underserved population of young adults struggling with addiction. Utilizing his resources and more than 26 years of experience, Robert was able to identify what other treatment facilities lacked, and in doing so, he – and a select team of experts – created a solution … Sober College. In 2005, Robert officially opened the doors to Sober College: A one-of-a-kind, dual-diagnosis drug and alcohol treatment program focused on healing and rebuilding the lives of young adults. And from its first day, Sober College redefined rehab for its clients, and their families, by combining college and rehab under one roof. Since then, Robert has continued to invest in young adults struggling with addiction by providing them a safe, effective and, as important, a fun and sober environment. A place where life doesn’t stop; it goes on thanks to a program that is flexible enough to fit the evolving needs, interests and passions of each client. And as a result, Sober College has become a program where sobriety is considered a celebration rather than a chore. Married to Sober College’s Co-Founder Mindi Levins-Pfeifer, Robert is also the father of two children, Ben and Sarah. In his spare time, Robert enjoys yoga and hiking: Two past times that served as inspiration for the development of Sober College’s yoga therapy program in 2013.

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 Therese Moriarty , MA, PsyD

After Graduating USC, Boston College and Pepperdine University, Dr. Therese Mansour Moriarty has done extensive work in psychiatry across the country, publishing papers and continuing research in neuropsychology. For over two years prior to coming to Sober College, Dr. Moriarty was involved exclusively in neuropsychological assessment, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and consultation. Dr. Moriarty completed her internship at the Federal prison where she conducted neuropsychological evaluations on the inmate population, evaluating levels of impairment, functioning, and creating treatment plans and/or recommendations to help them function at the most optimal level while incarcerated. Following the completion of her doctorate, Dr. Moriarty was working in the private sector conducting neuropsychological evaluations on athletes, personal injury cases, workers comp, stroke, and dementia cases. Dr. Moriarty has completed this training while working for the Los Angeles Neuropsychology Group, as well as my employment at the Sports Concussion Institute. In addition to evaluating patients, she engages in cognitive rehabilitation with individuals following traumatic brain injury, strokes, and injured athletes.

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 Holly Daniels , LMFT, PhD

Holly Daniels, a licensed marriage and family therapist, meditation teacher and PhD candidate, brings her many years of experience working in dual diagnosis treatment centers to the role of Clinical Outreach Director at Sober College. After earning her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University, Holly worked for many years as a primary therapist at Monte Nido and Associates, the Valley Community Clinic and The Canyon residential treatment center in Malibu, where she specialized in treating those with complex issues including co-occurring addictions, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and associated mood and anxiety disorders. In her role as Clinical Outreach Director at Sober College, Holly is able to integrate her complex clinical expertise with her passions for connecting people and spreading the word that recovery, health and wholeness can be exciting and fulfilling. Holly shares Sober College’s dedication to encouraging and promoting self-discovery and resiliency toward long-term, sustained recovery for every young adult who comes in for treatment. She feels fortunate to be able to continue her work alongside the compassionate, expert, invigorating team at Sober College. A mother to two teenagers, Holly relies on her personal daily meditation practice to bring balance to her own life, and she enjoys teaching meditation and mindfulness skills to others. “I believe,” explains Holly, “that healing involves building connections with other healthy people and creating fulfilling, meaningful life experiences outside of treatment. Sober College offers young adults opportunities to do just that.” Holly loves watching clients get involved in ‘real world’ activities in ways that no other treatment centers provide. “I feel fortunate to be part of such an innovative and effective team.”




Year Business Started:  

2006

License/Accreditation Information

Department of Health Care Services, National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, Los Angeles Sober Living Coalition

About Our Center

Sober College is a drug rehab center specializing in the treatment of young adult men and women ages 18-26 with substance abuse issues and co-occurring disorders.

Sober College was founded by Mindi Levins-Pfeifer, LCSW and Robert Pfeifer, MSW, who saw a need for specialized treatment for young adults that allowed residents to gain college and high school credit while in treatment.

Our mission is life-long recovery, giving young adults the skills and treatment necessary to lead lives full of purpose and free from addiction and substance abuse. We do this with our comprehensive and unique Five Core Competency Model, helping clients build proficiency in Life Skills, Emotional Well-Being, Fitness, Productivity (through academics and/or vocations) and, most importantly, Sobriety, By giving our young adult clients extensive support in all five competencies, we are able to best prepare them for successful, happy, sober lives after they leave treatment.

We offer a variety of treatment programs and levels of care ranging from Residential Treatment to Outpatient Services with Sober Living. We focus on long term care and individualized treatment planning, and all of our programs revolve around our Five Core Competency approach and are age-specific. All aspects of our program are designed specifically for the young adult population and help them not only get sober but have fun doing it.

We are dedicated to helping you or your loved one get life back on track. We strive to move beyond traditional treatment in order to fully engage our clients mentally, physically and emotionally. This is why we also offer an extensive Fitness Program, with extramural sports, and a robust Creative Arts Program, with a Professional Music Studio, Ceramics Studio, Film & Broadcast Studio and more. We also are the only treatment center to offer on-site accredited college courses, through our partnership with Woodbury University, that allow our clients to continue their education while in treatment.

Visit us at http://sobercollege.com to learn more.

or Call Sober College at 1-800-803-0635 ext. 00160


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