Ascend Behavioral Health treatment for teens in Fresno, CA


At Ascend, we know that those struggling with mental health conditions sometimes have periods of life when things get especially difficult. Often times, when that happens, teens need more help than usual. When life begins to feel unmanageable, our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) will help you find the peace and stability you need to get things back on track.


Ascend’s IOP offers the highest quality kid and teen mental health care available. Our expertly designed curriculum, combined with the knowledge and experience of our therapists, gives you the skills and tools you need to succeed in life. We are passionate about helping our patients, even those who have struggled with therapy by other psychologists or psychiatrists in the past.


Our IOP meets three to four times per week, for three hours each session. During this time, kids and teens meet in a group setting with a highly skilled therapist. The first half of each session focuses on learning. Topics may include learning about mental health symptoms, learning about coping skills and how to use them, learning how to understand and control emotions, learning about relationships and how to navigate them, and more. Following the learning portion of each session, the focus of group becomes the application of learning. This is when teens are able to share their experiences and struggles, with the guidance of a trained therapist and the support of their peers, and apply what they are learning to their life. This combination of learning and application allows teens to solidify what they have learned when they return to school, home, peer groups, and the community. 



In addition to regular group therapy, our IOP involves kids and teens meeting weekly with a therapist for one one on sessions. These therapy sessions allow the kids and teens the time and space to work more intensely with a therapist on their concerns. Often times, a kid or teen in our IOP program will supplement their program with family therapy, allowing the parents and/or family unit to be involved in the treatment process. Finally, kids and teens occasionally need assistance with outside resources during the course of their treatment. Our therapists are here to assist you with any case management needs you may have - interfacing with the school system, the courts, etc. 

  • We are offering IOP for kids ages 9 to 12, Tuesday through Thursday from 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM.

  • We are offering IOP for teens ages 13 to 17, Monday through Thursday from 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM.

Who We Serve

It is Ascend’s mission to serve Fresno kids and teens who are struggling with mental health conditions. Often times we serve those who need more help and assistance than their school, outpatient therapist, or families can support. When things get especially difficult in life, Ascend is here to be your beacon of hope. 


Typically, kids and teens that find their home at Ascend are struggling with anxiety and/or depression. We often see that kids and teens don’t present with “adult” symptoms of these disorders. They may be irritable and acting out, moody and argumentative, isolating and pushing others away, engaging in self-harm, using drugs or alcohol, or not seeming like themselves. When these concerns are present and they are interfering with school, family life, or friendships, it’s time to consider enrolling in Ascend’s Intensive Outpatient Program


While we are happy to help assess and refer, often times teens who are actively psychotic, have a developmental disorder, or have a severe eating disorder are better suited for programs who serve these specific disorders.