We believe it is possible to significantly recover from life-disrupting psychiatric distress (conventionally known by such diagnoses as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression, severe anxiety, and psychosis). Our approach offers mindfulness-based therapeutic skills and recovery oriented treatment, while living in the surrounding community. (Read more)
Our Principles of Recovery
The Windhorse approach is characterized by five principles of recovery:
Psychosis is a disruption in the balance of body-mind-environment. Effective treatment must always work with the whole person. All aspects of the imbalance must be addressed- the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual.
Sanity is always present even within psychosis. Moments of insight, common sense, or compassion continually interrupt mental turbulence. These experiences, however brief, are like awakening from a dream. They are “islands of clarity” that must be recognized as the seeds of recovery. It is essential to train staff to notice and value these moments and to respect the person, even when his/her extreme mental state may frighten or inconvenience them.
Significant recovery is a real possibility. Recovery is a natural process that can occur gently in a sane, healthy environment and can be fostered through authentic relationships. Grouping severely disturbed people in one place of treatment, such as a mental institution, risks the health of both clients and staff and may actually prevent recovery. Recovery is facilitated only when a genuine sense of friendship is fostered among caring people, both staff and clients.
Recovery requires community. A healing community is one that promotes the well-being of each of its members. The community begins with the client’s own home, and includes housemates, family, and friends. A therapeutic treatment team extends this community to the world at large.
Compassionate care can be taught. Windhorse has developed training techniques that cultivate empathy as a skill. Contemplative practices from many healing traditions can foster this skill. These are skills that deepen the quality of relationships, and these authentic therapeutic relationships are the foundation of the work together. Using these techniques and practices in clinical work creates the buoyancy and patience required to attend to someone on the arduous journey of recovery.
Windhorse Integrative Mental Health (East)
211 North Street, Suite #1, Northampton, MA
01060 | 413-586-0207, ext. 333 info(at)windhorseimh.org
Windhorse Integrative Mental Health (West)
1411 Marsh Street Suite 103 San Luis Obispo, CA
93401 | 805-548-8931 x102