Harmony Place Monterey Philosophy
Unlike the broader culture, which tends to be mechanistic, we at Harmony Place Monterey believe that healthcare needs to be personal, compassionate, and each individual requires a total commitment from their clinician.
We begin the process with a complete assessment, since often the symptoms of depression, anxiety or addiction, are only the tip of the iceberg. The symptom can be the result of a complexity of developmental factors from the past resulting in the difficulties of the present.
Our first focus is relief of the symptom, using all the tools available, including medication and physical health assessment, psychotherapy, life-coaching, relationship and family work, lifestyle and work issues identification, and an understanding of a client’s social interactions and friends.
We find that intensive-focused therapy, daily for a brief period, is more effective when an individual has suffered for a prolonged period. We work with many individuals who have tried multiple therapies for many years but have had minimal relief.
When focusing on therapy for six hours a day, six days a week in a retreat-like setting, clients can resolve childhood traumas, restructure life goals, get resolution on conflictual relationships, and develop skills to recreate life passions.
When a major psychiatric illness is blocking the client’s path, the most critical intervention is finding the right medications, with an optimal dosage and minimal side effects. With literally 50 or more alternatives to medicine, finding the right fit for the individual, is an art. Being in an intensive daily format allows for continual monitoring, lab testing, and the ability to change what is needed.
Areas of Specialization
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Eating Disorder Treatment
Many mental health professionals view eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, along with other dysfunctional eating patterns) as a food addiction – in that food is used in ways other than as fuel or a source of pleasure. Some, but not all, addiction treatment programs include eating disorder treatment as part of the service menu. Also, an eating disorder may be a dual-diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder with drug or alcohol addiction.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Mark Schwartz
Dr. Schwartz graduated from John’s Hopkins University with a doctorate degree in psychology and mental health. He worked in the Department of Psychology at John’s Hopkins and co-taught at the university. He later joined the staff of Master’s & Johnson Institute where he served as the Director of Workshops, Director of Research, and Executive Director.
Lori Galperin MSW, LCSW
Masters Social Work, Licensed Social Worker
Lori Galperin is a clinician, writer, and teacher. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology followed by a graduate degree in social work from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Over the last 27 years of her professional career, Ms. Galperin co-founded three clinical programs treating sexual trauma, sexual addiction, and related disorders, in addition to three residential eating disorder programs.
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ABOUT HARMONY PLACE MONTEREY
Located on the Central Coast of California, Harmony Place Monterey offers intensive outpatient (IOP), partial hospitalization (PHP) and transitional living services to individuals with eating disorders, substance abuse problems, obsessive compulsive disorder, and issues related to trauma, relationships and/or sexual intimacy. The facility also specializes in treating clients with co-occurring mental health disorders and/or a history of repeated relapse. Because the program is most commonly used as a step-down treatment for individuals who have completed residential treatment but are not yet ready for independent living, detox services are not offered on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at Harmony Place Monterey combines 12-step methodology with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness practices. Individuals attend either the three-hour a day IOP or the six-hour a day PHP. Both programs utilize therapeutic techniques such as mindfulness meditation, emotional regulation, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and psychodrama, and encourage clients to dig deep and uncover the root causes of their addiction via group and individual therapy. Life coaches also help clients to learn or re-learn healthy, independent living skills such as completing school work or job applications, going on dates, making friends, and attending 12-step meetings. Nutrition and weight restoration/maintenance are also an important component of treatment.
The clinical team is led by a psychologist and a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), both with more than 30 years of experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Most clients are encouraged to participate in the transitional living program, which houses residents in a group home in the beautiful town of Monterey — close to beaches, parks and lots of recreational activities. However, if appropriate, arrangements can be made to stay in a nearby hotel for a special rate.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The sole alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the facility a highly positive review. The individual was referred to Harmony Place by a psychologist, and rated treatment effectiveness a perfect five out of five stars. This former client, G., emphasized, "I feel alive again with lots of hope for a better life and I owe it to everybody at "Harmony Place Monterey" for the love, dedication and support I have received."
On the facility’s Google Reviews page there is an overall rating of four out of five stars based on four total reviews. Alum E.L., who gave five stars, had a great experience at the facility. She wrote “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.” S.A., another alum, supported that viewpoint. He gave five stars and wrote “I recommend Harmony Place Monterey highly, and will recommend treatment here to some family members and to some friends who have struggled with depression or addiction.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, family members and friends had yet to respond to Rehabs.com. On Google Reviews, loved one I.L. gave one star and did not leave a positive review of the facility. She wrote that her friend or family member was worse off after visiting the facility. “I sent a loved one for treatment...She went in with a relatively minor eating disorder and left 4 months later much worse. She developed false memories of abuse and believed that she had Dissociative Identity Disorder (AKA multiple personalities).”
On the facility’s Yelp page there is an overall rating of four out of five stars based on 13 total reviews. Most people left a positive review of the facility. Alum R.H., who gave five stars, Gave a glowing review of the facility. She wrote: “I would recomment Harmony Place to anyone who is looking for a small setting designed specificaly for women. My daughter is currently going into sober living and her councellors did a wonderful job in finding a right fit for her - affordable, safe and a good environment for her.”
Prices start at $450 a day, $6,000 a month, and $12,000 for 90 days. Insurance is accepted.
Published on January 2018
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