About Harmony Place Monterey

Leading you down the right pathHarmony Place Monterey is a transitional living treatment center on the Central Coast of California.

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.

Treatment for behavioral health, addictive as well as compulsive behaviors, eating disorders and trauma-based disorders.

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.

We’re proud to offer award winning care.Our treatment center offers a truly unique outpatient alternative as well as residential care.

Meet Our Team

HPM Directors

  • Mark Schwartz, Sc.D. LMFT
    Mark Schwartz, Sc.D. LMFT
    Clinical Director
  • Lori Galperin, MSW, LCSW
    Lori Galperin, MSW, LCSW
    Senior Therapist

HPM Professionals

  • Leon Larimer, PhD, FICPP
    Leon Larimer, PhD, FICPP
    Chief Clinical Officer
  • Samantha Young, M.Ed. LPCC
    Samantha Young, M.Ed. LPCC
    Primary Therapist
  • Nicolas Barth, MA LMFT
    Nicolas Barth, MA LMFT
    Primary Therapist
  • Dr. Arieh Whisenhunt
    Dr. Arieh Whisenhunt
    Psychiatrist
  • Katheryn Brown, R.D.
    Katheryn Brown, R.D.
    Dietitian
  • Kristin King, CADC
    Kristin King, CADC
    Addictions Counselor
  • Bonnie Given
    Bonnie Given
    Associate Marriage and Family Therapist/Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
  • Josh Noblin
    Josh Noblin

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2018 & 2017 Monterey Award Program "Best Eating Disorder Treatment Center"Award-winning Care

Mark Schwartz, Sc.D. LMFT
Clinical Director

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
Senior Therapist

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.

Leon Larimer, PhD, FICPP
Chief Clinical Officer

Leon Larimer PhD FICPP joins Harmony Place Monterey’s clinical staff as Chief Clinical Officer. Lee was previously Clinical Director at Beacon House for the past 19 years. He is a senior clinician specializing in addiction treatment, intensive group and individual Psychotherapy. He is also boarded in clinical psychopharmacology.

Samantha Young, M.Ed. LPCC
Primary Therapist

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
Primary Therapist

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.

Dr. Arieh Whisenhunt
Psychiatrist

Dr. Arieh Whisenhunt, MD is a Psychiatrist who received his medical degree from University of Texas Medical Board and has been in practice for more than 21 years. His specialties include adults, children and adolescents, addiction and community medicine. His residency was at San Mateo County General Hospital. He is extremely experienced and talented in working with treatment resistant clinical.

Katheryn Brown, R.D.
Dietitian

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.

Kristin King, CADC
Addictions Counselor

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.

Bonnie Given
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist/Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

I believe that human beings are the experts of their own lives and that therapy serves as a source for further clarity and self-compassion. My drive to help others develop greater self-love and insight began during my studies at Santa Clara University, where I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. From there, I went on to pursue a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC). I am currently an Associate of Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling. Thus far, I have dedicated my time to working therapeutically with young children with mental health issues such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, and oppositional behavior in both Monterey and Santa Cruz County as a mental health clinician. I also practiced as a case manager/therapist for adults struggling with substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and marital/family problems. I utilize an attachment-based approach with focus on affect and internal experience in order to make the therapeutic experience a transformative and impactful one.

Josh Noblin

Josh Noblin joins the Harmony Place team after spending several years working in a residential substance abuse facility in Pacific Grove. Prior to this, he worked at both residential and outpatient settings in southern California. He has an intense interest in attachment theory and how this translates to therapeutic work and healing, and how this healing process is facilitated by increasing connection with others and creating a more balanced lifestyle. He has presented on attachment theory and group therapy and participated in an ongoing attachment theory study group. Josh has a background in teaching science and coaching wrestling at the junior high and high school levels and brings a sense of wonder and curiosity to everyday life. He is also actively involved with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a physical and spiritual outlet, enjoys playing music, and spending time travelling and appreciating nature.