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About Grata House

Choosing the right treatment center is crucial to achieving lasting recovery. That's why Grata House should be at the top of your list. With a highly-experienced staff dedicated to your recovery, luxurious amenities, and a full continuum of care, Grata House is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a transformative treatment program.

About Grata House Addiction Treatment

“…made it a space of non-judgment where everyone was free to be heard and witnessed in their feelings.”

Grata clinicians and psychotherapists are responsible for creating the latest wave of evidence-based addiction and trauma-informed interventions. These industry-defining clinicians not only guide and direct Grata’s treatment but are shaping how addiction, anxiety and depression is and will be treated in the future.

Grata’s sweeping new wave of trauma and addiction therapies, NARMA™, focuses on treating from a much more heartfelt and deeply connected place that creates safety, insight, acceptance, vulnerability, and personal agency that results in immediate impact and resilience– putting the focus on secure behaviors, and creating lasting positive outcomes—instead of merely clinging to sobriety.

Grata Philosophy

The Vision & Philosophy of Grata House is to provide the highest quality in drug and alcohol medically supervised detoxification and residential treatment in a luxury setting. Grata House is clinically owned and operated, which means it operates in the scope of the highest ethical and principled standards as guided by the State of California and National Medical/Clinical Ethics Boards and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria and Standards.

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Grata Philosophy

The Vision & Philosophy of Grata House is to provide the highest quality in drug and alcohol medically supervised detoxification and residential treatment in a luxury setting. Grata House is clinically owned and operated, which means it operates in the scope of the highest ethical and principled standards as guided by the State of California and National Medical/Clinical Ethics Boards and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria and Standards.

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About the House

Grata House is situated in the heart of Thousand Oaks, CA in the upscale Conejo Oaks neighborhood. We are a short 20 minute drive from the Pacific Ocean and are surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains.

We want all of our clients to be as comfortable as possible during your stay with us. The bedrooms at Grata House are ALL PRIVATES with no shared rooms and include flat screen TV’s, premium wi-fi, and queen and king size beds. Other amenities include a beautiful pool and spa, gym access, spacious backyard and gourmet meals by our private chef.

About the House

Grata House is situated in the heart of Thousand Oaks, CA in the upscale Conejo Oaks neighborhood. We are a short 20 minute drive from the Pacific Ocean and are surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains.

We want all of our clients to be as comfortable as possible during your stay with us. The bedrooms at Grata House are ALL PRIVATES with no shared rooms and include flat screen TV’s, premium wi-fi, and queen and king size beds.
Other amenities include a beautiful pool and spa, gym access, spacious backyard and gourmet meals by our private chef.

“Traumatized individuals, which includes most of us to differing degrees, need both top-down and bottom-up approaches that address nervous system imbalances as well as issues of identity.”

Your Wellness Team

The team at Grata House is made up of the best of the best in the field of substance abuse recovery. Their combined expertise in traditional treatment clinical orientations, trauma-informed, holistic modalities and the only treatment center that utilizes the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM™) for Addiction– this brand new cutting-edge advancement ensures that each client receives care that is unparalleled anywhere else. With years of experience on the front lines of addiction, our staff “walks their talk.” They have been instrumental in reshaping the addiction treatment industry and the keystone in many successful healing journeys.

“Traumatized individuals, which includes most of us to differing degrees, need both top-down and bottom-up approaches that address nervous system imbalances as well as issues of identity.”

Your Wellness Team

The team at Grata House is made up of the best of the best in the field of substance abuse recovery. Their combined expertise in traditional treatment clinical orientations, trauma-informed, holistic modalities and the only treatment center that utilizes the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM™) for Addiction– this brand new cutting-edge advancement ensures that each client receives care that is unparalleled anywhere else. With years of experience on the front lines of addiction, our staff “walks their talk.” They have been instrumental in reshaping the addiction treatment industry and the keystone in many successful healing journeys.

LCSW Clinical Director

James McNinch

James has delivered over a decade of breakthroughs and excellence in transforming drug and alcohol care treatment models with state-of-the-art evidence-based treatments, reshaping rehab industry leading names. He's excited to bring his compassion, wisdom and experience to all he treats.

Is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 16 years of experience developing some of the most high-profile and influential treatment centers in Malibu and across the globe. James began his career studying child attachment as a Full-Bright candidate at Arizona State University and working as an Addiction Crisis Clinician for the University of Arizona Medical Center and state/federal agencies. Treatment centers brought him to Malibu to change the addiction treatment culture, increase positive outcomes and train clinicians in addiction and trauma-informed care. James is currently working on a Ph.D and collaborating with Grata’s own Dr. Laurence Heller to integrate the NeuroAffective Relational Model for Addiction (NARMA™) as a new treatment standard for addiction at Grata House and worldwide.

MD Psychiatry

Dr. Ashley Benjamin

Dr. Benjamin is the gold standard of psychiatry at the world's most prestigious luxury rehabs. With his origins in treating addiction for the United States Air Force (retire Lt. Colonel), he's assisted thousands of patients recover from drug and alcohol dependency.

Dr. Benjamin graduated from medical school at the University of Kansas and completed his residency at Wright State University/Wright Patterson Air Force Base while on a prestigious U.S. Armed Forces Medical Scholarship. Dr. Benjamin served a total of 21 years (8 years active, 13 years in reserves) as an Air Force psychiatrist, during which time he served as both the medical and administrative director for the Tinker Air Force Base Substance Abuse Program. Dr. Benjamin’s experiences have helped shape his philosophy of minimizing medications and their doses to the greatest extent possible, as he believes military medicine is truly about helping patients achieve maximum functionality.

He retired at the rank of a Lt. Colonel and proudly served as part of the mental health flight during the devastating tornado that hit Oklahoma City in 1998. His military career culminated in the receipt of the prestigious Reserve Physician of the Year award.

Having worked in numerous settings, Dr. Benjamin has tremendous versatility, yet he takes exceptional pride in his work as the medical director for the Oklahoma City VA Iraq/Afghanistan return program and as the consulting psychiatrist for a dual diagnosis program aimed at helping mothers abstain from substances, with the goal of reuniting with their children.

Prior to completing medical school, Dr. Benjamin graduated as valedictorian with a B.S. in journalism from the respected William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He then received an M.A. from The Ohio State University in exercise science. His track and field and cross country coaching experiences at KU and OSU helped shape his philosophy of seeing each patient as an “athlete,” with the goal of helping maximize their potential as part of a multidisciplinary team. He utilizes this concept when working with every patient at Rise in Malibu. In addition to his 30-plus publications in various areas of mental and non-mental health topics, he is the lead co-author of the book, The Student Athlete’s College Recruitment Guide,which focuses on helping high school athletes find the best ethical, academic, and athletic fit at the college level. Dr. Benjamin is also a certified IGMCA Mental Game Instructor and Life Coach.

Medical Director

Dr. Lucille Thomas

Dr. Lucille Thomas is a board-certified family physician who practices comprehensive primary care. She has a special interest in preventative medicine, women’s health, addictive disease, and Mental illness.

Dr. Lucille Thomas is a board-certified family physician who practices comprehensive primary care. She has a special interest in preventative medicine, women’s health, addictive disease, and Mental illness. After graduating Magna cum laude with a bachelors of arts in biology, Dr. Thomas earned her medical degree at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California.  She finished her clinical training in the Greenville Hospital System, Greenville, South Carolina and then went on to start her own private practice in Charleston, South Carolina. After years in the Medical Industry, Dr. Thomas felt the need to return home and begin her own practice in Southern California. Sensing a need for addiction help and mental health awareness in her community, Dr. Thomas went on to do additional medical training in order to become certified to treat addictive diseases and associated mental illness.

Dr. Thomas prides herself on taking the time to truly listen to her patients and she strives to provide everything they need to flourish.

Ph.D Director of Psychological Services/Executive Director

Dr. Laurence Heller

Dr. Heller, founded the NeuroAffective Relational Model© (NARM), a specialized psychobiological approach to working with developmental trauma. He holds a Ph.D in psychology and was in private practice for 30 years.

Dr. Heller, founded the NeuroAffective Relational Model© (NARM), a specialized psychobiological approach to working with developmental trauma. He holds a Ph.D in psychology and was in private practice for 30 years.

The NARM Model™ is presented in the best-selling book Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship, which is currently published in more than 15 languages.

His new book, The Practical Guide for Healing Development Trauma: Using the NeuroAffective Relational Model to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resolve Complex Trauma, presents the clinical model. He is also the co-author of Crash Course, a book on shock trauma: He speaks several languages fluently and, for the past 30 years, has been conducting seminars in the NARM™ approach throughout the United States and Europe. He and his teachers present NARM worldwide. Dr. Heller, aloing with Grata Clinical Director James McNinch, LCSW, has most recently incorporated NARM into the latest model of evidence-based addiction treatment, the NeuroAffective Relational Model for Addiction (NARMA™). He is also currently working on a research team left by Dr. Christina Bethell, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and others to bring a trauma-informed understanding to Pediatricians and General Practitioners throughout the U.S. Their first article for this project was published in 2021: Social and Relational Health Risks and Common Mental Health Problems Among U.S. Children Published by Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America co-authored with Christina D. Bethell, Ph.D, MDA, MPH (lead) Andrew S. Garner, MD, Ph.D, Narangerel Gombojav, MD, Ph.D Courtney Blackwell, Ph.D, Tanar Mendelson, Ph.D.

James McNinch LCSW, Clinical Director:

Is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 16 years of experience developing some of the most high-profile and influential treatment centers in Malibu and across the globe. James began his career studying child attachment as a Full-Bright candidate at Arizona State University and working as an Addiction Crisis Clinician for the University of Arizona Medical Center and state/federal agencies. Treatment centers brought him to Malibu to change the addiction treatment culture, increase positive outcomes and train clinicians in addiction and trauma-informed care. James is currently working on a Ph.D and collaborating with Grata’s own Dr. Laurence Heller to integrate the NeuroAffective Relational Model for Addiction (NARMA™) as a new treatment standard for addiction at  Grata House and worldwide.

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