Addiction Treatment Program & Treatment Team – About Us | Good Heart2019-02-25T15:33:01-07:00


We are an educated, experienced, and highly qualified group of individuals who believe in the goodness that can be found beneath the external behaviors and emotions tied to addiction and mental health.

Our mental health outpatient rehab in Santa Barbara offers various levels of care including: Partial Hospitalization (6 hours per day, 5 days per week), Intensive Outpatient (3 hours per day, 5 days per week), and Outpatient Services (3 hours per day, 2 days per week in addition to individual and couples/family therapy). All clients are drug tested weekly and randomly to ensure abstinence throughout the treatment process.

During programming hours, clients will experience a variety of different group and individual sessions. All aspects of our clients’ lives are addressed utilizing clinically-based and medically-directed interventions fused with spiritual, Eastern philosophy tenets and life skills.

Our addiction treatment team is comprised of Marriage and Family Therapists, Associate Clinical Social Workers, Medical Doctors, Psychiatrists, Alcohol and Drug Counselors, and Professional Administration. Our screening process for staff consists of ensuring all individuals are ethical, have high values and morals, and believe in connection with clients on a deeply understanding and compassionate level.


Our Mental Health & Addiction Treatment Program

Unlike other addiction treatment centers, our addiction treatment program is based on real-life situations, skills, and insights that we believe clients need to succeed in their desire for recovery.


Good Heart Recovery’s Clinical Approach

Good Heart takes a humanistic, client-centered clinical approach. It’s our belief that our clients are the authors of their own stories. The staff at Good Heart acts only as the guide to help clients transform a story that may look like it has a dead end, into a story that has endless peace, love, and joy. Through the use of compassionate individual therapy, Good Heart staff seeks to help clients create a vulnerable and safe space to explore their pain and suffering, which is the precursor of addiction. Through the observant exploration of pain, clients begin to discover who they truly are and begin to access their basic goodness; their Good Heart. In addition to individual therapy, Good Heart utilizes group therapy teaching techniques such as meditation, mindfulness, and strategies to develop authentic vulnerability. These techniques are then used to strengthen love of Self and love of other human beings. As a staff, we are cohesive in our beliefs about the true nature of healing, which allows us to be cohesive in our techniques to facilitate growth.

Carl R. Rogers, MA, PhD

On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy

“In my deepest contacts with individuals in therapy, even those whose troubles are most disturbing, whose behavior has been most anti-social, whose feelings seem most abnormal, I find this to be true. When I can sensitively understand the feelings which they are expressing, when I am able to accept them as separate persons in their own right, then I find that they tend to move in certain directions. And what are these directions in which they tend to move? The words which I believe are most truly descriptive are words such as positive, constructive, moving toward self-actualization, growing toward maturity, growing toward socialization.”


Our Clients’ Program Structure

Our client to staff ratio is 2:1. For every two clients in our program, we have one staff member to tend to their clinical needs. Clients meet with their individual therapist at least once a week, are assessed by a contracted psychiatrist and medical doctor upon admission and as needed for follow ups, and are in contact with our clinical staff on a daily basis through one-on-one communications and in group settings. Discharge planning begins within the first week of a client’s program to ensure the appropriate and most beneficial continuum of care will be provided. Psychological, psychiatric, and medical treatment plans are updated and reviewed weekly by all of Good Heart Recovery’s staff and are adjusted based on the client’s progress.

Alcohol and Drug Services Survey

Conducted by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA)

"Addiction treatment facilities with low staff ratios offer more services and increase a person's chance of remaining in treatment longer ... Low patient to staff ratios [are] associated with the following characteristics frequent counseling contacts, high director involvement with treatment, and high director experience."


Experiences For Life

When an individual is coming out of the depths of addiction, finding their place in the world and in today’s society can be a daunting task. Good Heart supports and leads clients through experiential group activities including attending Santa Barbara’s Farmer’s Market to learn about healthy food options, interpersonal communication, and becoming one with a community. Other real life experiences include learning how to outreach for volunteer positions to give back and get outside of one’s struggles and hiking to the top of the Santa Barbara mountains to complete a yoga course or meditation lessons. These experiences teach clients vulnerability and humility, two aspects of our humanity that typically are decreased or unfound in someone suffering from alcohol and drug addiction.

Christine Henke, BFA

Department Supervisor at Rosecrance Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities

"Research shows that participation in experiential therapies increases self-esteem and improves motivation, follow through with goals, leisure skills, social skills, and health in general. ... Clients, while in treatment, learn, explore, and practice new life skills through their own strengths and interests so that they can be prepared for real life situations."


Therapy That Works

There are many benefits to group therapy; however, these benefits cannot be achieved unless an individual is willing and/or able to fully participate in the group process. At Good Heart, we facilitate our group therapy in a compassionate and attentive manner unseen in most treatment centers. We use a formatted group therapy called the Council Process which provides a nonjudgmental space through its direction of speaking from the heart with the use of a talking stick. In a directed non-responsive format, this fosters vulnerability and trust in one’s community. We also provide the clients an opportunity to share with the group their skills and allow them a chance to educate and teach the group with support from a clinical group facilitator. This gives the client a sense of acknowledgment and faith in themselves that they are capable of success.

M.T. Garret & L.B. Crutchfield

The Journal for Specialists in Group Work

"The Council process [uses] an object representing truth and understanding as powerful agents of learning, change, and growth ... gives each group member a chance to speak and encourages each member ... to discuss issues or concerns peacefully by 'speaking from the heart' and by listening intently to what others have to say."


The Importance of Spirituality

There is no question in this life that access to resources can, in most cases, bring about some amount of happiness and good health. The problem lies within the fact that all materiality is rooted in impermanence, or ‘temporary nature,’ so any benefits experienced can only be experienced in the short term. Even if items of what we can touch, see, smell, hear, and taste bring about a sense of peace that takes you all the way till the moment of death, what then? Will we look back and regret having not asked ourselves the larger questions, such as ‘is there more to this life than what I experience every day through the senses? Do I feel confident in what I have been taught by influential members of this society in only this one area of the planet? Did I seek to find as many ways to help people within my reach as possible? Did I forgive openly and live a life worth others forgiveness of my own indiscretions? Do I feel comfortable defining myself as simply the contents of my mind, my busy thoughts and feelings?’ Perhaps the easiest question we can ask ourselves is this: ‘Do I ever feel peaceful and satisfied when I am alone, in an unaltered state, with nothing or no one to entertain me?’ For most of us who walk the Earth, this question is easy to answer.

This is where many have taken up the spiritual search, to seek answers to questions ranging from the practical to the mystical. Our team at Good Heart Recovery have devoted our personal and professional efforts toward the study, practice, and application of a variety of spiritually-based methods, and the results have yielded such dramatic change in each of our lives separately, that we’ve based our model of treatment on sharing our findings. Through the channel of spirituality, not religion, we have transcended our own pain, anxiety, and selfishness, and found an inner peace and strength that is inexhaustible and not subject to decay. We’ve found beyond the world of the senses lies an inner wealth, where everything we’d been looking for in the world of form exists in abundance. There are many paths that lead to this place within ourselves, a place we like to refer to as ‘The Good Heart’.

Client Reflection on Outcome of Qualitative Study on Buddhist-Based Spirituality-Focused Therapy

Mark Beitel, PhD ... and Author Margolin, PhD Harvard and Yale Schools of Medicine

"Drug counseling ... It becomes redundant ... It’s a routine. You know what they’re going to say. With the spirituality, every week is different ... something different for you to concentrate on ... a different part of your life, even a different part of your breathing is working. With the spirituality, something is always different, and it was more fascinating.” He went on to share that this variety helped him to stay engaged in the treatment: “It held my attention. My attention span was a lot longer than it would be with a drug therapist.”


The Learning Of Life Skills

Being under the influence of a substance or substances for an extended length of time forbids the ability to strengthen or learn the necessary life skills needed to succeed. Within our program, our clients will learn basic life skills needed to accomplish their desire to live independently. We teach them time and stress management techniques, financial budgeting, non-fearful ways to ask for help, and more. Our facility also has a kitchen where clients will be taught now to make meals for themselves and how to properly clean a household. While these experiences may seem non-therapeutic, the sense of accomplishment and grown knowledge a client feels when they are able to see themselves as a healthy member of society with basic abilities, their views of themselves vastly change and their self-esteem increases.

Dr. Parvaneh Taymoori

The Department of Public Health, Research Center for Social Determinants of Health

"Life skills therapy can promote a decrease in risk factors leading to drug abuse ... and provide a positive impact on insight, drug abuse resistance skills, self-efficacy, and decision making."



Through education, experience, and a deeply passionate desire to heal others, we have joined together in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara to heal addiction and have received proven success and immense gratitude from all clients and loved ones we have served.

Courtney Tracy



Chief Executive Officer

Courtney’s vision for this treatment center was created when she recognized that there was a need for addiction treatment that truly acknowledges the humanity within each client. A place where clients have space to find out who they really are and which problems in their lives they have been ‘solving’ with their current addiction. Having graduated with an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California, she is now less than one year away from receiving her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. With her past experience of directing a luxury alcohol and drug treatment center in Malibu, CA for three years prior to the opening of Good Heart, she sought out Good Heart’s staff based on individuals whose luxuries were of internal substance, something she realized is what fuels the true positive outcomes of clients in treatment. She is happily married, soon to be expecting her first child, and is honored and truly blessed to watch her own personal life, the lives of those she loves, and the lives of her clients excel beyond all expectations based on the programming and history of Good Heart’s mission and philosophy.

Lacee Dilmore



Clinical Director

Lacee has been working in the field of addiction for more than 10 years. Lacee attended California State University, Northridge for both her undergraduate study in psychology and MFT graduate program. She’s has been working as a Marriage and Family Therapist doing direct one-on-one work as a therapist for the last five years. Lacee is passionate about working with clients through a transpersonal lense, using spirituality to explore and understand human conditions that can often contribute to substance abuse issues. It is an intention of Lacee’s to model authenticity for her clients, allowing them to witness the freedom that is available in being comfortable with who you truly are. She feels honored to be a part of Good Heart, a place of healing through the great gift of compassion. Her passion lies in her connections with others in, both in her work and personal life. She is also deeply in love with nature, meditation, her family and friends, and anything that helps others find what makes their heart sing.

Carson Winn


Clinical Staff

Clinical Supervisor

Carson Winn is simply one of the greatest practitioners alive today. His extensive background professionally treating mental health and addiction speaks for itself, and we know him intimately as a deeply caring healer who holds reverence for sacred elements of life that often go largely overlooked. He is a master of sparking insights within clients and the clinicians he trains, gently pointing out their own inner resources as their true wealth. He teaches human beings to trust the goodness inside of themselves and to work with what’s available in every moment. Carson’s addition to our team signals a new focus of Good Heart: no longer solely as a center which empowers clients to direct their strengths toward aiding other suffering beings, but now as the definitive center to train up and coming clinicians to create (what we see as) the next wave of addiction treatment, based solely in emotion focus and modeling authenticity. Carson has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specifically working in the field of recovery, since 2001 directing program across the country. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Social Work from Florida State University. Carson attended Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA in 2006 where he studied a year of PhD in Depth Psychology. Clients and clinicians who work directly with Carson frequently acknowledge the gracious, and seemingly simplistic, way he blends both his prior education and his life experience.

Marjorie Gies

M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Staff

Medical Director

Dr. Marjorie Gies graduated Magna Cum Laude in Psychology from Princeton University. She got her Medical Doctorate from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. She completed her residency at UCLA in Psychiatry and was the Academic Chief Resident and later the Chief Resident of the UCLA – NPI Adult Outpatient Eating Disorders Program. Dr. Gies started her Santa Barbara Psychiatry private practice in April of 1993. She got her Ph.D. in psychoanalysis from ICP-LA in 1999 and was later deemed the medical director of Cottage Hospital’s eating disorder program from 1995 – 1997. Prior to working at Good Heart Recovery, she was La Ventana’s Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Medical Director for four years. She is now the Medical Director for Good Heart Recovery IOP & PHP. At Good Heart Recovery, Dr. Gies provides all clients with weekly medication management, psychiatric evaluations, and a compassionate, psychoanalytical experience of one-to-one sessions between clients and psychiatric experience.

Jaymee Carpenter


Spiritual Director

Jaymee Carpenter’s true name should be ‘Walking Compassion’. We would be so bold to suggest with great conviction that no one in the field of mental health and addiction has walked towards so many people struggling with pain with the measure of loving kindness and gentleness that our Co-Founder and Spiritual Director Jaymee displays each day. His ability to consistently express himself with the deepest level of authenticity gives great permission for the people he is helping to do the same. Jaymee has a reverence for life that translates effortlessly into helping others discover what gives their own life meaning and purpose. He does not see things as “right” or “wrong”, but rather seeks to define what in our lives is “creative” vs. “destructive”. Jaymee credits the last 15 years of dedicating his life to his meditation practice as the true agent behind what has allowed him to have a deeply trusting relationship between himself and his own mind. This Trust allows Jaymee to not let any chances of helping another human being get away from him. He takes risks with Love, Truth, and Curiosity that we at Good Heart have seen radically change people’s lives. Words truly are difficult to find in expressing our ceaseless gratitude for Jaymee’s work and enduring devotion to Love and Service!

Trever Roberts


Clinical Staff

Chief Operating Officer

Trever has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for four years. He is a certified addiction treatment counselor who graduated the Addictive Disorders program in Oxnard Ca. He started working in the non-profit sector of rehabilitation and then worked for three years in Malibu Treatment. Trever has a passion for helping individuals break their own cycles of addiction, while finding a new freedom and sense of purpose. Trever truly believes that each individual is unique in their process of recovery and meets each client where they’re at, and models a client-centered treatment approach. Trever’s goal is to empower each person with the tools and skills needed to live a life free from addiction, while finding their new purpose in life. He feels very blessed to be a part of the Good Heart Team and looks forward to continuing to grow with the organization.

Nicholas Condino


Administrative Staff

Director of Admissions and Outreach

Nick has worked in the addiction and mental health recovery field for over four years. He originally began serving clients directly through technician and support services and has since served in various positions giving him well-rounded insight and experience into this multifaceted field including program directing and admissions and outreach. Nick is registered as an RADT-I and has completed his education in Alcohol and Drug Counseling with only his final hours of direct service accumulation remaining. His drive to help others comes from a pure place developed by his own life experience. As the first point of contact for most of our clients, he strives to walk each person through the first steps of the recovery process with love, compassion, and understanding: the “Good Heart” way. Nick is a father to two young boys, loves movies and is an avid sports fan. Nick is a part of the Good Heart family and it is with trust, ethical guidance, and a true desire to help others reach the life they deserve that he guides individuals to our place of healing.

Deborah Allen


Clinical Staff

Licensed Family Systems Therapist

Debbie has been joining the KARMA Meditations for Santa Barbara therapists with the Good Heart Team and appreciates the deep sharing in a Council format. Healing the healer, healing the family and healing the person in recovery are key factors in finding our way back to greater well being. She brings her 30+ years working with family systems in a broad range of treatment programs, including psychiatric hospitals, day treatment programs, residential programs, and both public and non-public schools. She is a senior staff member at Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara and is also an adjunct professor at Antioch University of Santa Barbara. She received her Masters in Social Welfare from UCLA and her Bachelors in Psychology from UCSB. She feels a deep affinity with Good Heart’s mission to provide quality therapy and daily meditation in an atmosphere infused with compassion and unconditional acceptance. An ecological approach combines to restore neurobiological and psychospiritual balance. Having a treatment program in the community where people live fits with Debbie’s systems values in that it is easier for people to forge the permanent connections that support recovery.

Linda Wells


Clinical Staff

Licensed Eating Disorder Therapist

Linda Wells, MSW, LCSW, received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Psychology from The University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1980. She then attended San Jose State University where she received her Masters of Social Work degree in 1984. In 1992, Linda was hired as the Clinical Director for Child Abuse Listening and Mediation and was directly responsible for supervision of all clinical services. Since 1996, she has worked as a therapist in private practice, specializing in the field of Eating Disorders. Linda has also been a therapist and supervisor for Community Counseling and Monte Nido & Affiliates, providing individual and family therapy for clients with severe eating disorders. She is currently the owner and Clinical Director of The Eating Disorder Center of Santa Barbara, LLC., and serves on the IEADP Central Coast board as Sponsorship Chair and Past President.

Max Tracy


Chief Operating Officer

Max Tracy graduated with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to working at Good Heart Recovery, Max engaged himself with multiple local Santa Barbara businesses utilizing his business development and marketing skills to grow the local community’s creative, financial, and collaborative environment. Moving from COO of his prior agency to COO of Good Heart Recovery, he changed career fields when he identified with Good Heart’s mission to change people’s lives for the better. The humanistic, client-centered, and compassionate approach that Good Heart takes is one he aligns with in his personal life. His purpose in life is to serve the greater good and ensuring that the operations of Good Heart encompass humility, personal connection, and understanding at all times is an honor in his eyes. Max is happily married, is soon to be expecting his first child, and enjoys physical exercise and eating well on his days off.

Mike Tozzi

Clinical Staff

Primary Therapist

Fueled by the healing power of vulnerability, community, and self-discovery. Mike’s passion for connection and fascination with the human experience shaped his path, which has led him into the compassionate, wise, and humble arms of Good Heart. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Mike ventured to Colorado State University to receive his undergraduate degree in Psychology. While there, he developed a deep appreciation for the lessons and growth our natural world has to offer, and tapped into the joys and freedom that come from playing in wild places. Combining these interests, he began working for Open Sky, an industry leading Wilderness Therapy program for adolescents and young adults. As a Senior Guide with over 350 days spent in the field, he shared in countless moments of laughter, tears, rage, love and transformation with so many people facing the vast array of life’s challenges. From this formative experience, it became clear to Mike that the vocation of therapy and counseling is his soul work, his calling in life. This led him to Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he is currently getting his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. His intention as a group therapy facilitator is to maintain a safe and nonjudgmental space for people to be their authentic selves, to connect to their experience and emotions, to feel supported in exploring the depths of their being, to indulge their curiosities, and to challenge their beliefs about themselves and their world as they know it.

Natalie Alderson

Clinical Staff

Clinical Case Manager

Natalie has a reverence for bearing witness to those who are telling their story with the hopes of healing. Due to this, she was drawn to the Good Heart Recovery philosophy when she discovered it in the Summer of 2017. She believes that the compassionate and non-judgmental environment provided by Good Heart can foster the ability for people to develop self-acceptance and find out who they truly are. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Applied Psychology, she decided to continue and pursue her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Santa Barbara, which she will receive in December of 2018. During her undergraduate and part of her graduate degrees, she worked for 3 years as a writing tutor in AUSB’s Writing Center, where she was able to help people through her passion for writing. She has been inspired by therapeutic work from a very young age and knows that this and her spiritual path are both a deep part of her lineage. She strongly believes that we are all connected, and that pain can be used as an opportunity for growth. Over the last year, she has been working towards her MFT and LPCC licensures at the Community Counseling and Education Center and on Cottage Hospital’s psychiatric and addiction unit. Her motivation and determination drive her passion for working with LGTBQ+ populations and people struggling with their mental health and substance abuse. She is honored and grateful to now be joining the Good Heart team, where she feels she can continue to meet clients where they are at. In addition to her therapeutic and case management work, she is passionate about spirituality, writing, meditation, exercise, and nature as tools for her personal growth. She is happily engaged and has a cat and a dog that she loves dearly.

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