Action Family Counseling's Founder, Cary Quashen


headshotCary.jpgCary Quashen has dedicated the past 30 years of his life, reaching troubled teens and dysfunctional families with the objective to pass his personal recovery experiences with drug and alcohol to the youth of today and to provide evaluation, assessments and interventions to parents, school districts and the juvenile justice system. Cary has become a nationally recognized expert working with adults and adolescents struggling with addiction.

Quashen developed and operates the successful ACTION Family Counseling Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers with 12 locations and 16 programs in the Southern California area that specializes in alcohol and substance abuse intensive outpatient, residential treatment programs for both teens and adults, and Sober Living Facilities in Bakersfield and Santa Clarita Valley. Action Family Counseling, Inc. was Incorporated in May of 1997.

Quashen is currently the Executive Director of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Unit. Additionally, Quashen is a recognized consultant and leader in the behavioral health care arena, and has consulted with numerous health care programs including Loma Linda Hospital, Anacapa Hospital, Van Nuys Hospital, Ingleside Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and the Focus Healthcare program in Ohio.

In 1989, Quashen founded ACTION Family.  A non-profit organization, ACTION Family Counseling has assisted countless families in Southern California as well as the entire United States. The parent and teen support program currently operates in Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, Simi Valley, Glendale, Alhambra, and Newbury Park to name few.

Former President George Bush, Governor Pete Wilson, former Senator Alan Cranston, former Mayor Tom Bradley, and city council members and countless school districts have acknowledged the ACTION program.  ACTION Family Counseling has been featured in several public interest articles in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News and many other local newspapers, as well as, television news broadcast features.

Quashen has made many guest appearances as a family and crisis intervention specialist on talk shows such as Good Morning America, The Doctor’s, The Montel Williams Show, Judge Judy, The Ricki Lake Show, and many others.

He has also been featured on many local news broadcasts and numerous documentaries. Quashen has also been featured on many radio stations and has spoken at school events and health fairs focusing on topics such as: gang violence, drug culture, teen pregnancy, adolescent self-esteem issues, and self-help family support groups. Currently, Quashen is the host of the KHTS AM 1220, “Families In ACTION” radio show, as well as a contributing author to the Steps For Recovery Newspaper and a columnist for the Signal Newspaper.


Cary Quashen on daytime talk show, "The Doctors"


With drug and alcohol residential treatment locations in Santa Clarita, Piru, and Bakersfield; Intensive Drug and Alcohol Outpatient in Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Ventura, Pasadena, and Bakersfield, Action Family Counseling is here to help you.

For information regarding admission, intake, and services please call Action Family Counseling at (800) 367-8336.