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
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.
Stephen Southern, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephen Southern, Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling program, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming World Congress of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). Dr. Southern who was Past-President of IAMFC and serves as Editor of The Family Journal, a quarterly peer-reviewed professional journal published by Sage, received the Leadership Award last year for his efforts in advancing marriage and family counseling. Southern developed a clinical doctorate in counseling and engaged in international counselor education, especially in China and Central America. Dr. Tracy Calley, IAMFC Awards Chairperson, described the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The IAMFC Lifetime Achievement Award honors a lifetime of exemplary and selfless service to IAMFC and the profession of Marriage and Family Counseling. The recipient has devoted countless hours and immeasurable energy to further the organization and the profession it serves. Held in high esteem by colleagues and peers, the recipient has contributed significantly to the professional development of others by providing invaluable mentorship and guidance. The honoree is firmly established as a pioneer of IAMFC, providing extraordinary commitment and leadership to the organization. This momentous award is truly reserved for the best of the best..
Dr. Southern will also present an educational session on Couple Distress and Sexual Functioning. Dr. Southern and Dr. Mark Schwartz, his long-term colleague from Masters & Johnson Institute, will present a pre-conference institute on Recovery from Sexual Compulsivity. Drs. Schwartz and Southern recently published an article on the topic in Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity. Southern also published a chapter in The Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Addiction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harmony Place Monterey is standing by for you.
Coming to Harmony Place Monterey has been one of the biggest blessings in my life and the best decision iv'e made for myself and my recovery. It really is a harmony place.
Harmony Place Monterey saved my life & helped me learn how to deal with difficult situations.
Eating disorder therapy with in driving distance of Santa Cruz, CA.
- 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.
- Mark Schwartz and Lori Galperin provide individualized and evidence-based recovery interventions to their patients in a comprehensive and effective approach. You will be hard-pressed to find a clinical team that works as seamlessly together as they do, while simultaneously staying current on research and training. While their approach integrates evidence-based clinical interventions, you will always find expressive modalities such as yoga, art and drama therapy in their programming. Recovery at Harmony Place Monterey blends all of their skills and expertise in a beautiful healing setting.
My experience with Mark Schwartz and Lori Galperin was incredibly positive. Before finding them, I worked with various clinicians and attended several eating disorder treatment programs around the states, where I often made progress but relapsed soon after. Since working with Mark and Lori, I am now able to live the type of life where, when life becomes stressful, I can maintain a strong connection to myself and do not feel pulled to use the behaviors that used to rule my world. I did not believe that this type of life would have been possible for me. They are a brilliant, creative, and ethical team. Any person who works with them can benefit from their expertise, compassion, and above all their willingness to meet you where you are and help you in the ways that your unique personality and life experiences require."
- I have been talking to Dr. Schwartz and his team for a few years now. I cannot thank them enough for taking the time to truly hear me and help me identify some of the emotional blocks which have left me blinkered to myself for many years. I trust their knowledge and the compassionate manner in which it is shared. Thank you, Mark, for helping me uncover a happiness that had eluded me for many, many years. Keep going with your amazing work in this world. Xx
Mark Schwartz and Lori Galperin wrote the book on eating disorders. They started with one clinic in Saint Louis, then a second, then added one in Alabama and California. They have recently went on there own again in Monterey California with the awesome Harmony Place. I highly recommend them and their staff!
- The therapeutic work Mark and Lori do in their fields of expertise is unparalleled. With patience, compassion, and attuned care they have helped a multitude of people heal and recover. Harmony Place in Monterey is an amalgamation of their combined vision, inspiration and dedication to sustainable healing.
- Mark Schwartz is the best psychologist. The professionalism of Harmony Place staff and the treatment they used is remarkable. They helped us in our marriage crisis.
Mark Schwartz is one of the rare few people who have crossed my path throughout my life who profoundly transformed my life in so many wonderful ways. I have worked with quite a few highly qualified psychologists and counselors over the last 15 years and Mark literally redefines what it means to be a highly qualified psychologist! Where other psychologist require numerous sessions to even begin to give you back anything of real value, Mark possesses the unique insight and brilliant observational skills from the very first session to not only assess your psychological profile but to intimately understand where and what you are struggling with and to quickly begin to give you tangible actions you can immediately apply to your life, that produce measurable improvement. I spent numerous hours with Mark in private session and then 2 weeks full time on site in both group and continuing private session. In both private and group sessions it was quite remarkable to witness a Psychologist asking me or the group one simple question and sometimes just saying a single word that profoundly opened up a whole new understanding and insight into what I or the group are struggling with to get well. Truly remarkable! His "bedside manner" if you will, is one of gentle kindness and genuine loving concern for your well being that creates a space of comfort and encouragement that allows us to face the difficult truths we all must face about ourselves in our journey to wellness. Combining that with knowing that he intimately understands what you are struggling with creates that space of empowerment and trust to muster up the courage we all must find to take the even more difficult actions that change our lives and create that new life of wellness for ourselves. The rest of my days I will carry with me immeasurable gratitude for you Mark and for myself for the new life of wellness and new found joy that I now live every day that I never thought possible.
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 was blown away by the depth of care and human dignity that my two friends experienced working with Mark and Lori and the staff of Harmony Place. They had been to four other centers and the interventions were really surface and aimed at very simple behavior modification. With both of my friends Lori and Mark went deeper and engaged root issue and attachment issues in a way that was both deeply kind and skillful. The result for both of my friends was a true transformation which has lasted. Harmony place truly changed their lives. If we had more treatments centers like this it would really be a better world. I cannot say enough good things.
Excellent & effective treatment experience! The groups were awesome and probing, followed up by individual therapy that complimented the group work. I had no idea how important the trauma work was to my sobriety and emotional well-being. I was totally in the dark. Dr. Schwartz and Lori Galperin have put together a solid program that covers areas most programs don't address. If you have been to other programs and are still challenged like I was, I would recommend you try Harmony Place, Monterey.
I followed Dr. Mark Schwartz and Lori Galperin all the way from Saint Louis to Monterey for treatment because I wanted the best treatment I could possibly have and I trusted them. They helped me initially with trauma and an eating disorder at Castlewood Treatment Center around twenty years ago. Through IFS, EMDR, groups and sessions with my counselors, I was able to heal and gain insight to my behaviors and understand why I did the things I did and made the decisions I made. Only then was I able to use the tools they taught me and lead a functional life without being stuck in therapy for ever! I have connected with Dr. Schwartz on several occasions throughout my life when things came up and needed a refresher, so we have a lot of history together! He has so much experience and knowledge in many areas! I most recently flew to Monterey with my partner to attend couples therapy. Mark and Lori worked with us intensively everyday, even adding an extra session in on the weekend just before we left to make sure we were okay and received what we needed before we went home (watch out, they do give homework, though)! The entire staff was amazingly supportive as well! From figuring things out with our insurance to personal tour guides, we felt supported in every way. And what a beautiful environment sitting right on the bay! You can see the ocean as you are in therapy! You could not find a more healing place for treatment or a more compassionate, experienced group of individuals anywhere! Thank you Mark, Lori and Harmony Place!
Dr Mark Schwartz and his staff have helped me, not only mentally but physically. I have lost 75 lbs since I started seeing them while also making a plan for me too work on under the guidance of Mark and staff on how to enjoy life more, amongst many other positive things. The rest is up to you! Sincerely, Bd
- I came to Harmony Place Monterey with severe depression. The entire staff was excellent and very caring. I was finally able to do deeper work on my childhood trauma. Since then, I have been remarkably better and made significant changes in my life!! I highly recommend the knowledgeable staff at Harmony Place!
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. I 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.
Harmony Place provided me a safe place to reset my life during a difficult time. I am stronger and smarter than I have ever been because of their guidance. I highly recommend the program to anyone who feels they could benefit from some understanding of who they are and direction on how they can improve in their life. Harmony is a caring and non-judgmental community that allows people the nurturing environment they need to succeed with the rest of their journey through life.
Our family has had incredibly positive experiences at Harmony Place. Mark Schwartz has been professional, supportive and insightful. His individual and couples therapy techniques have been beneficial for personal growth as well as strengthening family relationships. He asks the hard questions and gives his clients the space to reflect on what are often difficult answers. He's able to help identify issues while maintaining a safe space to be vulnerable in, which can be very difficult to achieve. I have been consistently impressed with his ability to remember and recall details from previous sessions without the use of readily available notes. As a family we have gained better communication and deeper understanding of one another. His methods of mediating conflict, actively listens and helping partners gain better insight into each other's motivations, fears and needs has been invaluable. I recommend Harmony Place and Mark Schwartz without reservation.
I remember sitting one day in the waiting room for an appointment with Lori, who was more then a few minutes late. On your third or fourth pass through the room, seeing that I was really wasn’t upset by the delay, you remarked, “your very patient”. You had already left the lobby by the time it occurred to me to say, “so are you”. Your patience with me throughout this process has been unprecedented. I am so grateful that you are in this world, doing what you do, and that I had the opportunity to learn and work with you for this long. Evan the story of how you begin to help individuals with eating disorders is so amazing and comforting to me. Thank you for being a rebel and a revolutionary in all ways, for seeing what about external and internal systems needed to change, for brainstorming on how to change it, and for pioneering new and vibrant ways not only of solving problems, but of thinking about the problems themselves, and of what it means to solve them. Without your curiosity, gentleness, humility, humor, equanimity, (thank you for awakening me to that concept), patience, and persistence. I never would have become as connected to myself and passionate about/creative in my own life as I currently am. I wouldn’t have even known what work was necessary to do. I am more of myself, and my life is more of my choosing and creation, because of you. Your story of what you used to do with the monkeys in the lab coming in at night, thinking it was wrong to keep them in cages, and breaking the rules to scare them out of their cages so that they could go play and explore a broader world is such a brilliant parallel for what you continue to do every day, and I am so grateful that I have been able to act as both a participant and observer in that practice. You have helped to cultivate a newer, greater attitude of more conscious bravery within me something I realized when you sat with me in the lobby (this time I was being too patient!) and encouraged me to open my letter from Chicago. Thank you for being present, in every way, for that moment. I am so fortunate that our paths have crossed, and so happy that they will again, one day