Program Information for Family Members

For Family Members

Most human beings have gone through their lives being unseen for who they truly are, and unheard for what needs to be expressed. This results in our developing loud, abrasive speech when we talk and stomping when we walk. As connective and expressive beings by nature, what is in us must be expressed, one way or another. Our traumas of being unseen and unheard find their way to the surface, usually in a way that is not ideal. If children aren’t allowed to be themselves, they grow up to become escape artists, rarely feeling comfortable in their bodies or their minds. Healing from mental health problems and addiction issues reconnects us to an infinite source of imagination contained within human consciousness. Creativity blossoms and curiosity heightens. Friendships mirror purity. Simplicity returns and is celebrated. Presence becomes a daily pursuit. In short, we build a safe bridge back to our childhood and allow our inner child to experience adulthood for the first time, free from emotional trauma. In this newfound space, anything we choose to dream can become a possibility.

How To Talk To A Loved One About Treatment

If you’re seeking support on how to discuss your loved one needing help, we have some guidance that may support them getting into treatment and helping you say what it is you really feel. When you talk to your loved one about what you’ve been seeing, it will likely go one of two ways: they will either understand and express alignment with what you think is best based on how they’ve been feeling, or they will deny needing support in any way. Some tips to help you through the discussion, founded solely on how one human being should talk to another, are listed below.

When talking to your loved one, say what you mean, and mean what you say:

  • Take a deep breath

  • Make sure you’ve eaten, drank water, and gotten good sleep so you’re in the best possible headspace

  • Talk about yourself and what you’ve seen, using “I” statements

  • Do not be accusatory

  • Speak to listen, not to be heard

  • Admit where you may have supported the current situation

  • Speak from the heart and listen to your loved one from the heart

  • Meet them with love, not with fear

What Care Will Your Loved One Be Provided?

Humanistic. Emotion-Focused. Evidence-Based. Holistic.

Partial Hospitalization

Intensive Outpatient


Outpatient Program: Schedule Overview

Good Heart Recovery offers three different outpatient levels of care, each designed to align with an individual’s course of progress and symptom presentation. Every level of care offers group therapy sessions that are specifically designed each morning and afternoon based on the individual members of the group. The schedules above reflect a typical week at each of our levels of care. Please note, the Intensive Outpatient Program can be mornings or afternoons and the Outpatient Program can contain varying days and times. In addition to group therapy, each of our clients at the top two levels of care receive up to six individual sessions a week, every week while they are in treatment:


Each week, our clients are assessed by our medical doctor and PhD in psychoanalysis, Dr. Margorie Gies for medication needs and medical evaluations.


Weekly one-on-one therapy sessions with a Master’s level clinician allow for each of our clients to address the underlying causes of their mental health and substance use disorders.


One a week sessions with a Master’s level case manager provides structured and progressive workshops for clients to gain future employment and educational goals and work on legal and housing issues, as well as relapse prevention and crisis plans.


Our co-founder meets with each client every week to discuss the ‘bigger questions’ about recovery such as: What’s next? Who am I and who do I want to be? How can I release the past? and how to put all the pieces of progress together into a plan for the future.


We work with families to schedule conjoined family connection sessions for the client and their loved ones to come together and discuss the next steps towards reunification and a deeper understanding of one another.


To track our clients’ progress over the course of treatment, we complete psychological assessments upon intake, monthly, and upon discharge to determine our clients’ levels of hope, authenticity, depression, anxiety, mindfulness, automatic thoughts, self-compassion, and loneliness.

Can You Trust Us To Care For Your Loved One?

A Healing Center That Feels Like Home


A healer’s oath is to “do no harm” and we strive to meet that oath in every step we take as a unified center. We understand that human life is precious and as family members, we know that the care a loved one receives is trusted and that trust should not be broken. Your loved one will be our highest priority and we will care for them like they deserved to be cared for.


We’ve been through treatment or we have put a family member through treatment. We’ve lost people we love and we’ve seen people succeed beyond their wildest imagination. Our goal is to make sure everything we offer at Good Heart Recovery we would want to be offered to us and/or our loved ones at a treatment center.

How Will You Be Involved In Your Loved One’s Treatment


We will work with the client to obtain a release of information and we will reach out to you to confirm they have arrived at our center.


Your loved one’s master’s level clinical case manager will reach out to you every week to provide an update based on the approval of your loved one based on medical confidentiality.


We also have an entire family program where you will be provided family and/or couples sessions with your loved one, which can be done via teleconferencing if needed.


Every Tuesday night, if you are local to Santa Barbara, we offer a family connection workshop where you will learn how to deal with the difficulties, successes, and various aspects of your own self-care and your loved one’s recovery.


Join Our Free Family Therapy Groups - Open to The Public.

Our Family Connection Program focuses on increasing communication between family members and their loved ones suffering from mental health and addiction issues. The program serves to develop an understanding between each individual in the family system through psychoeducation and coping skill integration and to reconnect the family through the innate compassion and acceptance we know to exist in all families underneath the pain and struggle of such difficult times. We work to help you support your loved one and yourself.

Events in October 2022

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
September 26, 2022(1 event)

5:30 pm: Online: Weekly Multi-Family Therapy Group

September 27, 2022 September 28, 2022(1 event)

5:30 pm: Alumni Program: Postponed Due To COVID-19

September 29, 2022 September 30, 2022 October 1, 2022 October 2, 2022
October 3, 2022(1 event)

5:30 pm: Online: Weekly Multi-Family Therapy Group

October 4, 2022 October 5, 2022(1 event)

5:30 pm: Alumni Program: Postponed Due To COVID-19

October 6, 2022 October 7, 2022 October 8, 2022 October 9, 2022
October 10, 2022(1 event)

5:30 pm: Online: Weekly Multi-Family Therapy Group

October 11, 2022 October 12, 2022(1 event)

5:30 pm: Alumni Program: Postponed Due To COVID-19

October 13, 2022 October 14, 2022 October 15, 2022 October 16, 2022
October 17, 2022(1 event)

5:30 pm: Online: Weekly Multi-Family Therapy Group

October 18, 2022 October 19, 2022(1 event)

5:30 pm: Alumni Program: Postponed Due To COVID-19

October 20, 2022 October 21, 2022 October 22, 2022 October 23, 2022
October 24, 2022(1 event)

5:30 pm: Online: Weekly Multi-Family Therapy Group

October 25, 2022 October 26, 2022(1 event)

5:30 pm: Alumni Program: Postponed Due To COVID-19

October 27, 2022 October 28, 2022 October 29, 2022 October 30, 2022
October 31, 2022(1 event)

5:30 pm: Online: Weekly Multi-Family Therapy Group

November 1, 2022 November 2, 2022(1 event)

5:30 pm: Alumni Program: Postponed Due To COVID-19

November 3, 2022 November 4, 2022 November 5, 2022 November 6, 2022

Your Loved One’s Clinical Outpatient Treatment Team

Over 80 years combined experience treating mental health & substance abuse

Good Heart Recovery’s compassionate and dedicated team is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of mental health and substance abuse clinicians and counselors. Uniquely executively and medically run by doctoral-level clinicians and clinically run by seasoned masters level psychotherapists, our team is committed to finding, treating, and reconciling the underlying issues that bring individuals into treatment.

I Need Help

You are not alone. We are here to help.

My Loved One Needs Help

Let’s come up with a solution together.