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About Windhorse

windhorse-lineart“Windhorse” refers to a mythic horse, famous throughout central Asia, who rides in the sky and is the symbol of a person’s energy and discipline to uplift himself. Windhorse is literally an energy in the body and mind, which can be aroused in the service of healing an illness or overcoming depression.

— from Windhorse Project founder Dr. Edward Podvoll’s book Recovering Sanity (Shambhala Publications, 2003, p. 224); previously published as The Seduction of Madness by Harper Collins, 1990.

Windhorse IMH began in 1993 as a coalition of parents, professionals, and peer advocates inspired by the vision that psychiatric recovery is possible.

Since that time, Windhorse has offered compassionate, humane support for people recovering from extreme mind and mood states. We acknowledge that the journey of recovery is unique for each person, and our teams help clients find their voice and shape their own direction. Windhorse clients undertake this journey as an active participant of their team, living in a home environment, within the enriching context of the wider community.

Clients come to us with a range of diagnoses (schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, affective disorders, personality disorders, autism, dual diagnosis, anxiety or eating challenges). While acknowledging the value of clinical perspectives, we strive to consider the whole person, going beyond diagnostic labels and history of mental illness to recognize each person’s strengths and history of sanity. Accordingly, our admissions team takes a whole-person approach to determining if Windhorse would be a good fit at this time.

Our services are individualized to respond to the level of need. Many people start with a household which includes a housemate and a large team of professional support. As a client gains insight, skills, and confidence, the team often reduces. When this process gets disrupted, services may temporarily increase.

For many people, we are a “step-down” from one or more institutional or highly structured settings. Some people enter wanting to change, reduce, or come off of their medication, often supplanting medications with alternative methods, such as nutrition regimes, exercise, consistent engagement in the world, or more structure. Some people are looking for in-the-world support to supplement what their therapist offers. Whatever the circumstance, we work with people at their pace, maintaining communication and care as they explore what recovery means to them and practice living into the fullness of who they are.

Our staff receives ongoing training in our compassionate, mindfulness-informed approach. In addition, our psychotherapists and team leaders are masters-level clinicians who receive ongoing training in a variety of theories and best practices in the field of mental health. Windhorse staff also receives ongoing supervision, which supports them in increasing self-awareness and integrating personal and professional learning into their work.

Some clients entering Windhorse work with us to find an apartment and housemate before they arrive. Others enter through Still Point, a transitional household that hosts clients as they begin the program, usually for one to three months. The team then supports the client as they transition from living at Still Point to living in their own home.

Note: Still Point is here to support our program of community living but is not a program unto itself; it is for transitional purposes only.

The Windhorse program allowed me time, space and solitude for rest and patience for the many baby steps that finally got me over the hill of the reductions and restored me to full, drug-free health.

– Chaya G.

Portland, OR
(800)-319-8261
AdmissionsWest@windhorseimh.org

 

Northampton, MA
(877)-844-8181
AdmissionsEast@windhorseimh.org

San Luis Obispo, CA
(800)-319-8261
AdmissionsWest@windhorseimh.org