Dr. Schwartz and Lori Galperin, LCSW, have edited and written chapters in some of the most authoritative books on trauma, dissociative disorder, and eating disorders. They have lectured to a 100,000+ therapists in Europe and in almost every state in the U.S. With more than 40 years of experience, they work directly with each client at Harmony Place Monterey.
Several staff members have more than 40 years of experience. We also have a dietitian on staff.
Our program is five days a week, six hours a day, with three individual therapy sessions each week; plus, one session with the psychiatrist.
We also offer a shorter three-hour Intensive Outpatient Program.
Once the symptoms have been stabilized, deeper treatments focused on the factors that caused or maintain the symptoms can be addressed.
Our staff has worked exclusively with Eating Disorders for 15 years prior to opening Harmony Place Monterey.
We offer a therapeutic community and beautiful home for Independent Transitional Living to those coming a long distance.
We are open to changing medications and dosages when needed until the right combination of medication and dose is found.
We utilize DBT, EMDR, IFS, Somatic Processing, Expressive Psychotherapies such as Psychodrama & Gestalt, in conjunction with Relapse Prevention and Cognitive Therapies.
Trauma is now used in a broad sense to describe events of such a great magnitude that a child’s brain cannot consolidate into long term-memory, or the adult’s brain cannot make meaning and thereby integrate the experience. Often trauma is associated with dissociation, such that the self becomes fragmented and part of the individual feels one way and another part feels the opposite. For example, one part feels so much rage, they want to hurt someone, while another part is compassionate. Typically, numbness, hyperarousal and intrusive symptoms can appear with poor emotional regulation and exaggerated startle response. We utilize a combination of evidence-based treatment approaches such as Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy, EMDR and Internal Family Systems and other forms of Exposure Therapy as well as the group process. We have over 40 years of experience working with Complex Trauma.
When an individual has experienced PTSD from combat or sexual assault there is both the impact of events, and typically secondary traumatic events and stuck points or cognitive distortions such as blame and shame that prevent healing. Having worked with hundreds of veterans and thousands of sexual abuse survivors, we are very experienced in compassionately facilitating the healing process. Our contract with TriCare has availed us a great deal of experience with combat veterans. Also, the Directors formerly were Director of Masters and Johnson Treatment Programs for Trauma and Dissociative Disorders for more than 15 years.
The critical piece in fighting depression is to find the right combination of medicines, at the right dose, with minimum side effects. Since there are now many medicines with very specific targets to this complex disorder, it is important to monitor this closely each week to determine an optimal response. Once symptoms are contained, psychotherapy is critical to reengineer one’s lifestyle to create day to day capacity for emotions and joy. Living outside the zone of depression requires specific interventions and lifestyle changes.
Eating Disorder is complex and has about 10 different pathways which require very different treatments, Once the symptoms are stabilized, it is critical to determine the original contributing factors and those maintaining the symptoms. It is common that the original causes of the eating disorder often manifest at the age of 13 and become more complex as an individual ages. One’s relationship with food often parallels their relationship with people. Food is used for emotional regulation and as a substitute for loneliness and avoidance of people, feeling and stress management.
The US is in the midst of an opiate addiction crisis. Opiates are used to treat pain, and with long term use the individual can develop a dependence. Certain medications such as naltrexone or buprenorphine can greatly decrease the pain of withdrawal. At Harmony Place Monterey we offer a transitional living house with peer support to further facilitate the process of recovery. We provide intensive psychotherapy for 4 to 6 hours each day and four individual sessions allowing for optimal treatment in a supportive environment. Buddhist and 12 step approaches are adjunctive as desired.
Harmony Place Monterey is led by Dr. Lee Larimer as Chief Clinical Officer and his over eighteen years of experience in treating addiction issues. Following abstinence and detox, the challenge to recovery really begin. Typically, the individual is flooded with all issues “put under the rug” that they avoided dealing with for years. The unique aspects of Harmony Place Monterey’s program are a blending together of effective psychotherapy, medication management, relapse prevention, life coaching and 12 step or spiritually based interventions, including Buddhist principles and relapse prevention to help maintain sobriety and then psychotherapy work on the deeper issues that often maintain and perpetuate addiction. In addition, emotionally focused individual and group modalities are offered that help in identifying and treating underlying patterns that often promote active substance and alcohol abuse and which can prevent a successful recovery. Our small group treatment setting provides intimate support and understanding to you or your loved one suffering from an alcohol substance, or behavioral addiction problem.
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Hyposexuality is too little desire for someone they care for. Often due to issues with intimacy or trauma.
Hypersexuality is a compulsive need for more excitement or arousal for someone or something different than the person they feel affection for.