Our Program


Helix Healing & Recovery treats adults with primary mental health issues and dual diagnoses in an exclusive, residential setting. While stabilization and rehabilitation are an important first step, we take a collaborative approach with our clients to support them in learning how to manage their mental health and substance abuse issues. Our residential program offers a variety of holistic and empirically-based approaches to address the cognitive, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of healing and recovery. Additionally, clients and their therapists may elect to utilize specific treatment modalities with more frequency in order to target specific mental health symptoms. Our experienced clinical team treats adults within the following contexts:

Our Location

1-House & Panoramic View

Helix Healing & Recovery is nestled in the beautiful hills of San Diego, just 20 minutes from the coast. Our warm and luxurious accommodations provide what we believe to be the ideal place for healing. Our 2 acre estate is surrounded by beautiful trees and foliage, which offers a private, safe, and serene environment to work on personal improvement. The mild weather of San Diego allows our clients the opportunity to spend a lot of time outdoors whether, gardening in our community garden, practicing yoga on our outdoor yoga deck, or meditating in one of our several tranquil meditation areas.

Our home is arranged in a way to ensure you feel comfortable during your time with us. When not in session or groups, you can shoot pool or play a game of ping pong in our recreation room, watch TV in our tastefully decorated living room, work out in our state of the art gym, or read in one of our comfortable nooks. At Helix Healing & Recovery we offer thoughtfully decorated private bedrooms, bathrooms, and decks to support our clients in feeling at home.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Karlyn Pleasants - Executive Clinical Director

Dr. Pleasants has a long-standing history with the Hanbleceya community dating back to 1997 when she first began as a psychological assistant. Over the years she has held many different posts before signing on in 2005 as Hanbleceya's newest director. She maintains a rich clinical background of experience with complex and challenging cases, including thought and mood disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders and traumatic stress. Dr. Pleasants believes in the ability to heal through the empowerment of personal strengths, encouraging the confidence to take risks and by teaching oneself to both give and receive support. She looks forward to advancing the Hanbleceya vision and continuing to provide a safe space for people to learn, grow and heal.

Megan Harrison, M.A., Licensed M.F.T. - Program Manager

Megan was born in Madison, Wisconsin and spent the majority of her childhood years in the Midwest. Megan joined the United States Navy in 2002 and traveled to San Diego, CA where she served five years of Active Duty traveling to many countries around the World supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following an Honorable Discharge in 2008, Megan worked as part of the developing team for the Chief of Naval Air Forces Sailors to Civilians Administrative Support Contract, and provided management and oversight of developing contracts creating jobs for Veterans. During this time, Megan obtained her Bachelors Degree in Psychology Read More...

Mario Salguero, M.D., Ph.D. - Independant Psychiatrist

Dr. Salguero graduated from the University of Guadalajara Medical School after which he earned a Diploma of Clinical Nutrition at the National Institute of Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in Medicine, with a focus on personalized medicine and the clinical applications of genetic polymorphisms and epigenetics. Mario completed his Psychiatry Residency at the University of California at San Diego, where he received, the “Best Resident Clinician” award three years in a row and the prestigious “Lewis L. Judd” Research Award for his research in implementing a mindfulness self-compassion intervention for residents. Read More...



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Helix Healing & is a Licensed Social Rehabilition Facility (License 374603703)
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