SoCal Mental Health Treatment Center

Who We Are

We bridge the two programs using a combination of treatments designed to address acute psychiatric symptoms and stabilize presenting problems. Our clinical team ensures every client receives compassionate and personalized care using evidence-based methods, including psychotherapy and psychotropic medication management.

We offer co-occurring disorder treatment to those struggling with mental health disorders as well as secondary substance use disorders. Our top priority is to assist in preventing and avoiding inpatient hospitalization and promoting a longer length of stay to enhance independent living skills.

Chronic, pervasive mental illness can often create significant impairment and inability to be successful in the real world. When you join our short-term crisis residential program, we can help you expand your horizons through the acquisition of daily living skills with an added unique and specialized component of therapeutic recreation consisting of outdoor activities and social outings designed to revitalize and stimulate positive behavioral changes.

Programs at Socal Mental Health can help you learn new ways to enjoy life and overcome day-to-day challenges. We will help you to learn new skills related to budgeting, cooking, vocational skill development, and assistance to reintegrate into the community utilizing skills learned to achieve independence and autonomy.

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Meet Our Chef

SoCal Mental Health emphasizes the importance of nutrition for physical and mental health. Our private chef Veronica Anguiano ensures our patients’ dietary needs are met by making nutritious food. Customized meal options are available to fit personal and religious diets. 

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Meet Our Sound Healing Provider

SoCal Mental Health offers sound healing by our sound healing provider Tania, as a holistic method of treatment for mental health disorders and to help with overall wellness. 

Our Treatment Plans Revolve Around You

SoCal Mental Health provides personalized treatment plans for primary mental health disorders and dual diagnoses, including certain medical conditions. During your intake assessment, our clinical team will work with you to assess your unique needs and create an individualized treatment plan for you.

Services We Offer Include

  • Crisis Short Term Stabilization (24/7 Supervision and Structure)
  • Medication Management
  • Treatment for Mental Health Disorders and Co-Occurring Conditions
  • Multidisciplinary Care (Medical, Nursing, Clinical)
  • Community Education and Destigmatization of Mental Illness and Addiction as Diseases
  • Community Integration and Awareness of Resources
  • Specialized and Integrated Therapeutic Recreation to Enhance Personal Health and Wellness (Epic Journey Curriculum)

Disorders Treated

Non- institutionalized, social rehabilitation treatment is the foundation for your long-term mental health recovery. SoCal Mental Health treats a wide range of conditions, including:

Each client will work with their assigned therapist and case manager to design a personalized care plan.

Treatment Options

Art and Music Therapy

Trauma-Informed Therapy

Therapeutic Recreation as a Specialized Component Unique and Exclusive to SoCal Mental Health

Our Story

SoCal Mental Health is a social rehabilitation program born out of love and a true understanding of the challenges posed by untreated and/or unmanaged mental health and substance use disorders. Preston Durnford is the founder and CEO of SoCal Mental Health. He has an intimate understanding of the recovery process and the pain of untreated mental illness.

As a son and brother, Preston has experienced significant catastrophic loss and used those personal tragedies to grow more motivated than ever. His dedication to creating real change in the world led to the creation and formation of SoCal Mental Health.

Preston’s passion and desire to help others led him to take an active role in the day-to-day activities at the facilities. The tragic loss of his loved ones turned into a powerful inspiration to make sure struggling individuals and families have access to the treatment they desperately need. He took steps to create a space where individuals unsuccessful in outpatient care seek personalized residential care.

We Are Here to Help

The dedicated staff at SoCal Mental Health goes above and beyond to ensure every client receives the support and guidance they need to build confidence, independence, and self-efficacy. Every client is a valued member of our community and we are passionate about making sure you have access to an environment where the focus is on getting healthy and creating a plan for success. With SoCal Mental Health, you can avoid distractions and break away from old habits by participating in various treatments, including life skills and individualized psychotherapy.

We want you to know that your wellness and recovery are important to us. At SoCal Mental Health, we give you and your family the support you need to continue healing from the effects of mental illness. Recovery is a journey, and we can teach you the tools you need to cope with any difficulties you may face along the way. At our program, you will learn essential life skills and other valuable lessons in an environment where you will be heard, understood, and appreciated.

Preston Durnford


While Preston’s passion for life is truly contagious, his desire to live a beautiful and productive life only came about after he walked away from a life flooded by addiction. For years, Preston struggled with a serious heroin addiction and when…

Emma Flowers

Owner/Chief Life Coach

Hello!  My name is Emma Flowers and I am excited to be part of your next journey.  Passionate about anything outdoors and travel, I am always looking for my next adventure.  I am a licensed skydiver, avid hiker…



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Gil Carmona MSW, LCSW

Chief Clinical Officer

My career spans over 30 years of professional work in the behavioral health arena.  I have served in various administrative and clinical roles entailing direct service, management and supervision, administration, consultation, staff training, product design/development and implementation.

Dr. Lawrence Tucker MD

Medical Director

Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D. is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, practicing in pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders and addiction medicine.

Kristen Zampa

Operations Manager

With more than 10 years of sobriety and work experience in the mental health and substance abuse industry, Kristen brings an unprecedented passion and dedication to her work.

Valorie Granger

Administration Office Manager

I have worked in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse industry for almost 10 years. I have worked my way up in various roles, from Executive Assistant, Compliance Assistant and Administration Office Manager.

Courtney Grutbo, ACSW

Therapist & Case Manager

Courtney is currently a therapist and case manager for SoCal Mental Health. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the California State University of Fullerton in 2020 and is a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker. Courtney made the decision at the young age of 16 to become a Clinical Social Worker in mental health. This decision stemmed from her personal experiences with family members suffering from mental health issues.

Tamlyn Lee, MA, AMFT

Therapist / Clinical
Relations Liaison

Tamlyn has always found joy in helping people improve their lives.  After earning her bachelor’s degree in psychobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles and working for nearly a decade in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, she decided to focus her career on mental health and wellness. Tamlyn completed her master’s degree at Touro University and is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She has experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups.

Jacob Clover

Director of Admissions

Jacob’s passion to help those who struggle with mental health disorders comes from his own personal experience witnessing his father struggle with mental health issues and crippling alcohol addiction.

Nick Vornbrock

Director of Business Development

As an active member of the recovery community, Nick possesses personal and intimate knowledge of mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Dino Vinci

Lead BHT

Dino Vinci is the Lead Behavioral Health Technician for Socal Mental Health. Dino is a certified RADT and assists to ensure the program operations run smoothly.

Veronica Anguiano

Head Chef

Veronica Anguiano was raised in a family that loved cooking traditional and tasty food. At a very young age, she developed a passion for cooking by watching, helping, and learning alongside her mother.

Epic Journey

Preston Durnford is the CEO of Epic Journey, an event company that offers high-energy outdoor activities, life coaching, and other services. Similar to Epic Journey, SoCal Mental Health incorporates various outings and activities into our program. Epic Journey allows us to give each client a life-changing experience. We give clients an opportunity to enjoy moments in nature where they can build confidence and social connections.