Leading you down the right path.
Harmony Place Monterey is a transitional living treatment center on the Central Coast of California.
Treatment for behavioral health, addictive as well as compulsive behaviors, eating disorders and trauma-based disorders.
Focused on addiction recovery and mental health issues (depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and trauma) that plague our ability to live productive, fulfilling lives, Harmony Place Treatment Center features experts in the field of healing, relapse, trauma resolution, and pain relief. It’s a one-of-a-kind outpatient alternative to residential care, structured as an intensive, three-hours-a-day Outpatient Program or as a six-hours-a-day Partial Hospitalization Program.
Our program for addiction includes 12-step work and for clients desiring alternatives we also offer Refuge Recovery, which is an integrated Buddhist model of treatment as well as deeper trauma-based therapies.
Harmony Place Monterey works with most insurance companies and is in network with Anthem Blue Cross. Call to discuss your insurance benefits and potential coverage, we are here to assist you.
Our treatment center offers a truly unique outpatient alternative as well as residential care.
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Eating Disorders | Bipolar Depression | Drug & Alcohol Addiction | Trauma & PTSD | Sexual Disorders | Couples Therapy | Chronic Relapse
Intensive Outpatient Program | Partial Hospitalization Program | Residential Housing | Transitional Living Home | Life Coaching | Harmony Place Treatment Model
Harmony Place Monterey is standing by for you.
My experience at Harmony Place Monterey was absolutely positive and I am a stronger, more emotionally aware and healthier person because of my time there. I saw Mark and Lori in individual sessions and am incredibly grateful for their genuine care. I respect their abilities as therapists. They are terrific! I have been to several treatment programs for my eating disorder and this is the first time I have truly felt optimistic about my recovery in the long term.
Mark Schwartz and Lori Galperin helped me immensely. The trauma therapy was incredible. At the time I attended the groups at Harmony Place I already had several years sober. The groups allowed me to access problem areas that I never knew existed. I would recommend this program to anyone, but especially to those who have already tried other programs and are still struggling. The program is comprehensive, well designed, and effective. applaud the addition of the life coaching component that helps recovering people during that very delicate transition period from treatment back into society. Monterey is a wonderful environment for recovery and a nice place to stay post, treatment.
Dr. Schwartz is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of treatment he offers. compassionate and caring. A gifted and talented therapist and a wonderful person.
I came to Harmony Place Monterey with severe depression. The entire staff was excellent and very caring. I was finally able to go deeper work on my childhood trauma. Since then, I have been remarkably better and made significant changes to my life!! I highly recommend the knowledgeable staff at Harmony Place.
My experience at Harmony Place Monterey was absolutely positive and I am a stronger, more emotionally aware and healthier person because of my time there. I saw Mark and Lori in individual sessions and am incredibly grateful for their genuine care, and I respect their abilities as therapists. They are terrific! I have been to several treatment programs for my eating disorder and this is the first time I have truly felt optimistic about my recovery in the long term.
I believe the step to find a counselor is challenging for many people. Some continue to hope that the painful circumstances they're in will just pass and tomorrow will be better - until it isn't. Some are reluctant to trust their deep emotions and details about their troubled relationships with a "stranger". Some are just scared. I sought Mark for help with a troubled marriage and a lost sense of self. I had worked on both, alone, for a year, yet and found myself just repeating unproductive patterns and feeling empty. Mark's approach was direct, yet nurturing. His questions were spot-on and provided insightful guidance for me to learn more about myself. His environment became a refuge to engage in quiet, thoughtful exploration, a safe place where he made me do the hard-developmental work while encouraging me to accept my true self. If he were still in my city, I would seek him out again, both for his professional expertise and just his good company.
I have known and worked with Dr. Mark Schwartz for over 25 years. Beginning his work in sex therapy, he has expanded his knowledge and training throughout the years to include disorders of attachments, sexual addictions, and eating disorders; he brings a wealth of experience to work. He has always been a brilliant thinker and he is an excellent therapist. In his warmth, compassion, insight, and optimism, he encourages individuals to work toward the best expression of themselves. As a phenomenal educator, his lectures are captivating, learned, and eclectic. Mark is a man of many talents and will bring excellent skills to his new endeavor at Harmony Place Monterey.
Lori Galperin gave me my life. She is intuitive, extraordinarily bright, kind and steadfast. She knows how to work to release underlying trauma that cripples her clients' lives. I had been the patient of some of America's preeminent psychiatrists and psychologists but became increasingly more frustrated and miserable. It wasn't until I worked with Lori that I was able to go deep into my heart and formation to discover the reasons for my pain and suffering and to get beyond self-hatred. Lori can be trusted, and she will stand by you no matter how challenging or excruciating the inner work has to be. Anybody lucky enough to be in treatment with Lori is blessed.
I met Lori in 1997 when I was about to give up on therapy because I couldn't find someone to work with who really understood me. When I met Lori, I knew right away that I could trust her. When I would talk to her about my past life experiences, she seemed to understand what was going on with me internally better than I did. She is, in my opinion, the best therapist anyone could hope to work with. Since working with Lori, I have been able to recover from quite a few different self-destructive addictions in my life and I will forever be grateful to her for that.
I first want to thank you for saving my life and allowing me to live again. I was dying from PTSD and anorexia but know I have my health back with your support and generosity. The personalized therapy and support were amazing, you both guided me through a tough process to be able to get past the PTSD, anorexia, shame, and guilt. The IFS and group therapy model was incredible in helping me to process my trauma, being in acceptance rather than minimizing and denning. I truly never thought I would ever be able to function again in society after being tortured for months on end but with your guidance I was able to find my innate self again, able to be at a point to stand on my own two feet and be a productive member of society, I thought I would live the rest of my life in living hell and my own personal prison. The compassion and generosity in the program and ongoing since I left the program is more than I could have ever expected, so much more than even my family of origin provides. I am also very thankful for the group support you both cultivate among patients that gives ongoing support daily that is invaluable.
Dr. Schwartz is an inspired pioneer in his field - intellectually brilliant, emotionally authentic, and ethically impeccable. I've never met a more dedicated advocate for the health and healing of one's clients. With wide-ranging expertise that includes relationships, addictions, trauma and eating disorders, patients can count on world-class therapy. If I were asked for a referral, there isn't anybody I would trust more.
Mark Schwartz, Sc.D. LMFT
With more than 30 years of experience and a degree in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Schwartz specializes in working with 1) couples, marriage, and intimacy disorders; 2) family difficulties; 3) eating disorders, 4) PTSD, addiction, and; 5) sexual difficulties, sexual dysfunction, and sexual addiction. His national recognition afforded him the experience of lecturing to over 50,000 therapists nationally, as well as editing three books. He specializes also in working with the deeper issues from childhood. He is extremely compassionate and forms exceptional connection with his clients.
Dr. Schwartz was the Director of Masters & Johnson Institute and Masters & Johnson Trauma and Dissociative Disorders Programs as was one of the founders of Castlewood and Monarch Cove Treatment Centers, specializing in eating disorders. He was trained directly by sex experts Masters & Johnson for treatment of sexual dysfunction and lack of sexual desire and arousal.
Clinical specialties include: Trauma, with 20 years of experience in working with PTSD, including, but not limited to sexual abuse and military sexual abuse. Addictions specialist, including eating disorders, sexual addiction, codependency, chemical dependency, and self-harm. Dr. Schwartz is skilled in treating disorders related to intimacy, sexuality, and relationships, as well as Family-focused Therapies.
Lori Galperin, MSW, LCSW
Lori Galperin has been a therapist, program founder, clinical director, teacher and writer for 30+ years. She is highly skilled in multiple types of therapeutic treatment. Her current areas of specialization focus on working with individuals and couples around issues of: 1) intimacy, relational and attachment problems, sexual dysfunction, and; 2) trauma, compulsivity, and eating disorder recovery, (from anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating) and; 3) clinical writing, focused on the process of recovery from addictive behaviors and mental health problems to a state of vital aliveness, meaningfulness, and relatedness.
Lori's training includes EMDR, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Processing Therapies, and psychodramatic techniques, as well as the original Masters & Johnson model of marital and sexual co-therapy, as taught by its founders. She's co-authored book chapters and journal articles, lectured and trained professionals both nationally and internationally.
Samantha Young, M.Ed. LPCC
I am passionate and driven regarding helping individuals to become their most authentic self through caring and compassion. I believe that the process of therapy is an individual and unique one for each person and should be tailored as such. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 12 years of experience working with individuals with trauma, eating disorders, dissociative disorders, relationship issues, substance abuse issues and other co-occurring disorders. I believe that every person deserves to have their mental health needs treated with dignity, respect, and from a non-judgmental stance. Samantha's training includes EMDR, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Resolution therapies. Samantha has over 15 years of experience working with eating disorders as well as complex trauma and dissociative disorders.
Nicolas Barth, MA LMFT
Therapy supports our natural capacity to heal and grow. Daunting challenges transform into potent lessons and lead to emergent strengths. Together we can create a therapy that suits you to support your goals and dreams, heal painful injuries, and author new meanings and different ways of being.
With a background in performance art and Buddhist psychology, I bring both into my practice. After studying Contemplative and Somatic Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, I earned a Master's in Somatic Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. My initial clinical training at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy emphasized developing therapeutic relationships, and this continues to be the foundation for all treatment I offer. Later, I worked with acute mental health presentations as clinical administrator for a residential crisis facility in Sonoma County, CA. Moving further northward, I practiced as a therapist for low-resource children and families in Mendocino County, CA. My clinical training includes body-centered trauma treatment, Gestalt, mindfulness, art and play therapy, Couples Counseling, Sand Tray, and EMDR.
Danny A. Meadows, Ph.D., LMFT
When a person experiences trauma and other life stressors, it is not uncommon to relive these experiences in the present and have a life that seems to be “out of control.” Dr. Meadows is our Practice Manager who has a passion for helping people heal from distressful experiences. He oversees our practice by matching the needs of the client to a therapist and assists with our program needs. He helps clients find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthens their relationships so they can obtain healthy skills that promote a peaceful, complete, whole and expressive lifestyle.
Dr. Meadows does not use a single approach as the “right” one for every individual. He has been trained in a variety of modalities, which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Reliance, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Existential Therapy. Dr. Meadows obtained his doctorate of philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from Saybrook University in San Francisco, CA. He came to us having had many years of experience as a clinical supervisor, manager, and psychotherapist. He spent over 25 years in office management and administration, obtained his Ph.D. and transitioned into the counseling field where he has been for the last 15 years.
Louise Benn Barnard, MSW, LCSW
Louise Benn Barnard has been practicing with adults, adolescents, and children in the Monterey-Salinas area for 37 years. She has specialized in treating trauma and multi-problem families with Psychodynamic-systems Therapy, EMDR, and Art Therapy. Additionally, she is currently participating in the development of an Equine Therapy program in Carmel Valley. Enjoying complexity and diversity in treating people, her career has the foundation of worldwide travel and being the mother of three special needs children. She attended the University of Denver for her graduate work.
Katheryn Brown, R.D.
Kat is a registered dietitian (#968860), and a registered yoga teacher (200-hour Yoga Alliance certified) who has been helping people nourish themselves since 2005. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Colorado State University and completed her nutrition internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She has worked in various settings and facuity levels of care from inpatient medical units to outpatient treatment. From 2012 – 2017, Kat served on the San Francisco Bay Area’s IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) Board.
Kat specializes in helping people heal their relationship with food through an Intuitive Eating approach, and finds that yoga can be an excellent modality for learning to rebuild trust in the body. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her labradoodle Nalu, as well as gardening, practicing yoga, and surfing.
Kelsey Nicks, OTR/L
I received my master’s degree in occupational therapy from CSU Dominguez Hills in June of 2016 and have been practicing since at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in acute-care rehabilitation services. I have a passion for mental health and completed my level-two fieldwork placement at a community-based mental-health facility in Los Angeles in 2015. I was hired by Harmony Place to develop the Occupational Therapy Program in October of 2017 and have since ran weekly community groups including cooking groups, client-lead groups, activity groups, and expressive groups to work on social participation, leisure activity, and development of life skills with the core goal of developing mastery of self for the clients. I also work individually with clients to practice skills in a real-life setting, including grocery shopping, cooking, identifying volunteer and work opportunities, and managing or developing habits and routines. My expertise as an occupational therapist is in task analysis and creating the “just-right” challenge for clients by breaking down larger goals into smaller, more achievable tasks, utilizing environmental modifications and compensatory strategies as needed. My passions include being outdoors, hiking, yoga, playing tennis, writing poetry, ceramics, and painting; and I am always up to try new activities, most recently Jiu Jitsu and Rock.
Kristin King, CADC
Kristin is a CADC-certified addictions specialist, working in the field for over a decade. She has experience in inpatient and outpatient settings and specializes in relapse prevention. Kristin believes in the importance of treating the issues at the core of addiction, and working with clients to understand the function of their symptoms.
Kristin works thoughtfully with each client to build both internal and external supports, to decrease isolation, and to meet each client where they are in the process of recovery.