Beach House Treatment uses an expert integrated team to treat clients suffering from addiction. We offer the highest grade of professional, discrete and private clinical and medical care in the industry. Our globalized linkage of resources insures a seamless transition through levels of assessment, treatment and recovery. We customize treatment solutions that address our patients’ underlying diagnosis to promote overall wellness in the mind, body, social environment and spirit.
Kimberly Gale James

Kimberly Gale James

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Kimberly is a nationally accomplished behavioral health care professional with practical training and expertise in Operations, Business Development and Administration....  Read More

Kimberly Gale James

Kimberly Gale James

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Kimberly is a nationally accomplished behavioral health care professional with practical training and expertise in Operations, Business Development and Administration. In addition to her own consulting business, Sober Solutions, she has held senior-level executive positions for nationally known chemical dependency providers. These include Cliffside Malibu, Director of Business Development; Summit Centers, Director of Admissions & Business Development; Cirque Lodge, National Director of Business Development and Passages Malibu, Director of Admissions & Business Development. Kimberly offers daily support and guidance to residents, their families and referents.

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Charles Bentz, CPA

Co-Founder and CFO

Charles is the co-founder and owner of The Beach House Malibu. Charles graduated from Villanova University with a BS in...  Read More

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Charles Bentz, CPA

Co-Founder and CFO

Charles is the co-founder and owner of The Beach House Malibu. Charles graduated from Villanova University with a BS in Accounting. Additionally, he began his professional finance career in New Jersey at Deloitte. He worked as an executive on Wall Street for over two decades, most notably at BlackRock, Inc. and Prudential Securities. Charles co-founded Malibu Beach Sober Living in 2008.

He has been trained as an interventionist by Ken Seeley, John Southworth, Jane Mintz, Dr. Judith Landau, Bill Maher, Dr. Jim Tracy and Jean Campbell. Charles has also participated in the UCLA Certified Addiction and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADAC) Program.  He has been sober since 2001 and has mentored numerous individuals in recovery. He continues to work as a consultant in the financial services industry.

Dr. Emily Eckstein

Emily Eckstein, PsyD, LMFT

Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Emily Eckstein, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, holds a Doctorate degree in Psychology. Dr. Eckstein completed her graduate...  Read More

Dr. Emily Eckstein

Emily Eckstein, PsyD, LMFT

Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Emily Eckstein, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, holds a Doctorate degree in Psychology. Dr. Eckstein completed her graduate and doctorate studies at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University in San Diego, where she focused her research on the influence of society and community on infidelity and relational dynamics of the couple.

Originally from outside Washington, D.C., Dr. Eckstein began her education in Maryland, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Art. After moving to San Diego, she acquired her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, graduating summa cum laude, going on to complete a Doctorate in Psychology. Emily’s professional background includes both administrative and therapeutic endeavors through her multiple directorships at both acute psychiatric facilities and residential treatment facilities for co-occurring diagnoses. Additionally, Dr Eckstein has done significant community-based work within the juvenile justice system, as well as in government funded short-term psychiatric facilities.  In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Eckstein is an adjunct faculty member at Alliant International University.

Dr. Eckstein believes deeply in the importance of integrity, community, and service as essential components of a multi-modal approach to recovery, and is committed to supporting individuals, families, and communities in experiencing increased joy through reparative relationships. Recognizing the value of a live lived intentionally, while embracing diversity along that journey, and with a personal focus on mind/body/spirit balance, Dr. Eckstein enjoys, art, international travel, hiking, and spending time with her family and multiple pets.

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Renai Cariker, RA

Program Coordinator

Renai has always approached health in a holistic manner, using multiple modalities in order to achieve the best results. She...  Read More

renai cariker

Renai Cariker, RA

Program Coordinator

Renai has always approached health in a holistic manner, using multiple modalities in order to achieve the best results. She has a passion for helping overs succeed in personal wellness goals and increase positive energy.

She believes that working in the Beach House's community setting is very powerful, where each individual supports another and ensures only the best for the clients. "The peaceful environment with the sound of the waves is great for the soul."

In high school, Renai helped organize and paint murals in the LA area, working on over 50 different schools and parks, inviting local kids to help paint.

Pablo Rodriguez

Pablo Rodriguez, B.A.

Marketing Director

Pablo Rodriguez holds a Bachelor in Arts degree in Marketing and Business from the Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City, Mexico...  Read More

Pablo Rodriguez

Pablo Rodriguez, B.A.

Marketing Director

Pablo Rodriguez holds a Bachelor in Arts degree in Marketing and Business from the Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City, Mexico and has an Associate degree in Commercial Art from the Centro Diseño, Cine y Television Design, Cinema, and Television Center in Mexico City, Mexico.

Originally from Mexico City, Pablo is influenced by his European roots, extensive international travel, and love of entrepreneurial endeavors. Previously employed with Gregory Consulting, Inc., Pablo specializes in international marketing. For the past few years he has traveled extensively on an international level supporting and attending mental health conferences while assisting Gregory Consulting, Inc., a psychiatric consulting company based in Los Angeles. He is trained in supportive case management and has received training in transporting and working with individuals with co-occurring diagnoses.

Pablo believes in maintaining an equilibrium of mind, body, and spirit as a means to increased personal wellness. In his free time, Pablo enjoys sports and architecture, particularly soccer and running. He can also be found spending time with his family and dogs. Pablo is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Deb Norton

Deb Norton

Operations Manager

Deb Norton comes to Beach House with over 7 years of experience working in the field of treatment and recovery....  Read More

Deb Norton

Deb Norton

Operations Manager

Deb Norton comes to Beach House with over 7 years of experience working in the field of treatment and recovery. With an Associate degree in Business Development, she has held numerous positions in all levels of treatment ranging from Residential Manager, to marketing and business development positions. Deb is passionate about creating a curated, concierge experience for individuals at Beach House and heads up operational and training efforts in our residential community.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, prior to working in treatment Deb worked in the cosmetic industry for over 22 years with numerous leadership roles in business development and marketing. It was during this time Deb realized her passion for supporting growth in others and in systems as a whole.

Deb, who has a natural talent for supporting the communication and flow of our program, enjoys being part of our clients’ recovery process by ensuring a safe, stable, conducive environment for that process to take place. In her spare time, Deb volunteers as a whale watch naturalist and donates time at Big Heart Ranch in Malibu.

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Dr. Abe Malkin

Internist Addictionologist

Dr. Abe Malkin is a Southern California native, growing up in Los Angeles. He received his MD/MBA degree from a...  Read More

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Dr. Abe Malkin

Internist Addictionologist

Dr. Abe Malkin is a Southern California native, growing up in Los Angeles. He received his MD/MBA degree from a joint program at Tufts University School of Medicine and Brandies University Heller School of Business. He then completed his Family Medicine Residency training at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. Dr. Malkin is board certified in Family Medicine and an active member of the American Board of Family Medicine. He is the Founder and Medical Director of Concierge MD LA, practicing Concierge Medicine in Los Angeles, focusing on medical house calls for primary and urgent medical services. He is also the Founder and Medical Director of Drip Hydration, a mobile IV Hydration and Wellness company. He is active in the area of Addiction Medicine and a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

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Damon Raskin, MD

Internal Medicine and Addictionologist

Dr. Raskin is a leading board certified internist and Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine in Pacific Palisades,...  Read More

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Damon Raskin, MD

Internal Medicine and Addictionologist

Dr. Raskin is a leading board certified internist and Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine in Pacific Palisades, California. Treating patients in his private practice since 1996, Dr. Raskin has earned a reputation for exceptional patient care and effective individualized treatment. Today, through cutting edge and compassionate techniques, Dr. Raskin helps his patients maintain and regain their health.

Dr. Raskin contributes regularly to local and national television broadcasts. Most recently he has appeared as a medical expert on Good Morning America and Nightline.

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Morgan Blackledge, LMFT

Therapist/Clinical Supervisor

Morgan A. C. Blackledge is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of addiction and other co-occurring...  Read More

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Morgan Blackledge, LMFT

Therapist/Clinical Supervisor

Morgan A. C. Blackledge is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of addiction and other co-occurring mental health diagnosis and the supervision of clinical interns. Morgan completed his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at the University of The West in Rosemead, California. There he focused his training and research in the areas of mindfulness-based psychotherapy and multicultural counseling. Morgan is currently a doctoral candidate at California Southern University where he is further pursuing his interest in the neurobiology of addiction and recovery.

Originally from East Lansing, Michigan, Morgan relocated to California in the early 1990’s to complete his Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. Morgan worked in art and design for film and television in Los Angeles for 15 years prior to embarking on his career as a therapist. Morgan has extensive experience and training in eastern meditation traditions and integrates the best of these contemplative practices with secular, scientifically informed psychotherapy. In addition to his vast experience in the outpatient and residential levels of treatment, Morgan has experience as an adjunct professor of psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and incorporates a strong psycho-educational component into his work with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Morgan believes that recovery is ultimately about self-awareness, personal growth, self-care, and being of service.  Morgan is committed to assisting clients and their loved ones in the work of arriving in the present moment with radical acceptance, connecting with what truly matters, while taking steps towards greater freedom, loving connection, and meaningful accomplishment. Morgan believes recovery is so much more than abstaining from drugs and alcohol. It is about rediscovering what makes life vital and creating a life of authentic purpose and joy. In his free time, Morgan enjoys reading, learning, exercise, music, adventurous fun in nature and spending quality time with his family.

Alexis Gold, MA, AMFT

Primary Therapist

Alexis Gold is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, receiving her...  Read More

Alexis Gold, MA, AMFT

Primary Therapist

Alexis Gold is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, receiving her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Alexis studied undergraduate at the University of Maryland, College Park, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, Alexis worked in several professional areas before she began her journey working in residential treatment for substance abuse, and returning to graduate school. Alexis has worked in the field since 2014 and her experience includes administrative, technician, and supervisory roles. In addition to her work within treatment, Alexis has worked individually as a companion with those struggling with substance abuse and other mental health disorders. 

Alexis believes in people’s capacity to achieve self-actualization through the support of therapeutic alliances, psychoeducation, and community. With a zest for life, and interest in theatrical arts, comedy, and the sciences, Alexis is committed to the philosophy that in recovery life can be meaningful and even the hardest of challenges overcome. 

Arthur J. Margulies, J.D.

Case Manager

Art Margulies is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of New York. Art began his education at...  Read More

Arthur J. Margulies, J.D.

Case Manager

Art Margulies is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of New York. Art began his education at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Sociology and Economics. Art had a 10-year career in real estate development and management before earning his Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York City. Art graduated from law school cum laude and was employed as a commercial litigator at the New York office of Jones Day, one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world. Art is a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician and is earning his certification as an alcohol and drug counselor (CADAC I).

Originally from New York, in 2015 Art moved from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to Malibu, California, in order to provide his family with a healthier and more well-balanced lifestyle. Art is currently in his final semester at the Certification Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling at the University of California in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Beach House Treatment Centers as a Case Manager, he was employed as a Resident Counselor at a residential treatment program for clients with co-occurring disorders.

Art believes in and practices a holistic approach to recovery, incorporating therapy, self-help programs, exercise, diet, spirituality, and service to others. He is highly involved in Malibu’s recovery community and has spent many years working with recovering alcoholics and drug addicts in twelve-step settings. Art enjoys hiking, meditation, travel and raising his two young daughters.

Lisa Diorio, M.A.

IOP Therapist

Lisa Diorio holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. Lisa earned her graduate degree at Bryn Mawr College's Graduate...  Read More

Lisa Diorio, M.A.

IOP Therapist

Lisa Diorio holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. Lisa earned her graduate degree at Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Lisa focused her studies on Attachment and Psychodynamic Therapy.

Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Lisa held the title of Student Body President of the Collegiate Recovery Program and student leadership representative of the Social Work Department. Lisa's professional background includes inpatient dual-diagnosis work, juvenile justice and corrections, homeless youth advocacy, hospital-based Intensive Outpatient therapy, school counseling, and private practice therapy.

Lisa believes in the trauma-based approach to addiction treatment and utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy (EMDR) with individuals to support healing and therapeutic breakthroughs in their addiction treatment. Lisa values the person in environment perspective and believes treating each individual as a whole person: including family, mind, body, spirit, and physical space. Lisa enjoys practicing yoga and finding connection with others through live music and food.

When it comes to the painful and troubling condition that is addiction, many people struggle to find which treatment options are right for them. Turning to Beach House Treatment means you are entering a peaceful, caring and professional environment that facilitates recovery.

The Beach House has round the clock medical and clinical staff. Every client receives a full medical and clinical assessment. Our treatment is 100% individualized based around the results of the assessments and the client’s needs. Each client works individually with our clinical and medical directors, and is assigned a primary and secondary therapist, an addiction focused counselor, and a Psychiatrist.

Please feel free to contact us 24/7 at (310) 924-0780 with any questions or to find out more information about our program.

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