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Monday, 26 April 2010 20:55

Jacqueline Dawes

Jacqueline Dawes

Founder Jacqueline Dawes is an Active Member of the Team as well as an Inspiration

  • Jacqueline has experienced the personal loss, brokenness and hopelessness many clients experience; her example is an important part of each client’s recovery
  • Jacqueline recruits the best possible team of therapists and is a constant presence ensuring Brookhaven Retreat’s client service and therapies are world-class
  • Onsite owner-operator removes levels of bureaucracy and allows for a personal, client-focused environment
Monday, 26 April 2010 18:28

Brookhaven Retreat

Brookhaven Retreat is a place where women who have had an emotional breakage in their lives can come to learn how to heal the breakage and recreate their lives with the help of our experienced and understanding professionals.

Monday, 22 March 2010 15:57

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Friday, 08 October 2010 17:32

Business Development Team

The Business Development Team will coordinate the admissions process. The Business Development Team is ultimately responsible for the facility’s census growth and quality mix. Business Development consults with the Chief Manager, Program Director and Physician as needed and provides any information relevant to the program’s census growth.


Desired Skills

  • Graduated from an accredited college or university with a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, Business, Psychology, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 2 years marketing experience, preferably in substance abuse or mental health environment.
  • Experience in growing and maintaining facility's census desirable.
Thursday, 11 March 2010 13:04

Meditation Therapy

One of the best ways to learn meditation is from an instructor, or you can try an instructional video or audio recording. You can also learn to meditate on your own. Here's an example of how to perform mediation at one of its most basic levels. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Try it and see how you do.

  1. If you're able, turn on some soothing music and keep it at a low volume. Get comfortable in your chair or on the floor. Loosen any tight clothing. Let your arms rest loosely at your side. Allow yourself a few minutes to relax. (pause)
  2. If your thoughts wander, just let them while gently moving your attention back to the relaxation.
  3. To begin, focus your eyes on a specific object in front of you, such as a tree, a picture or a candle flame. Notice its simplicity and it's beauty.
  4. Take time to notice your breathing, gradually slowing down the rate of inhaling and exhaling as you become more comfortable. (pause)
  5. Now relax and enjoy the feeling. (pause)
  6. Now close your mouth and relax your shoulders, easing any tension that's built up. (pause)
  7. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose. Let the air you breathe in push your stomach out.
  8. Hold your breath as you slowly count to four. Then breathe out slowly through your mouth as you continue counting up to six.
  9. Breathe in (three, four, five, six).
  10. Hold (two, three, four).
  11. Breathe out (three, four, five six).
  12. Breathe in (three, four, five, six).
  13. Hold (two, three, four).
  14. Breathe out (three, four, five, six).
  15. Breath in (three, four, five, six).
  16. Hold (two, three, four).
  17. Breathe out (three, four, five, six).
  18. Breath in (three, four, five, six).
  19. Hold (two, three, four).
  20. Breathe out (three, four, five, six).
  21. Breathe in (three, four, five, six).
  22. Hold (two, three, four)
  23. Breathe out (three, four, five, six).
  24. Continue breathing in (four, five, six).
  25. Hold (two, three, four).
  26. And out (three, four, five, six).
  27. Remember, if stray thoughts enter your mind, gently return your attention to the relaxation. (pause)
  28. Now, as you breathe, silently and calmly repeat to yourself:
    1. My breathing is smooth and rhythmic. (pause)
    2. My breathing is easy and calm. (pause)
    3. It feels very pleasant. (pause)
  29. Once you become familiar with how basic meditation works, you may want to close your eyes and focus on the music, or you can continue to look at the object you were concentrating on.
  30. Continue to repeat to yourself:
    1. My breathing is smooth and rhythmic. (pause)
    2. My breathing is smooth and rhythmic. (pause)
    3. I am peaceful and calm.
    4. I am peaceful and calm.
  31. Continue to take deep, rhythmic breaths. Let the tension fade away each time you breathe out. Let the music soothe you. (pause)
  32. If you've closed your eyes, gently open them and gaze at the object in front of you. (pause)
  33. Return to your day – peaceful, more focused, and relaxed.
Thursday, 11 March 2010 13:03

Trauma Therapy

Some forms of trauma have been extremely devastating for our clients; rape, incest, abandonment, child abuse, all kinds of other sexual activities that these women can never talk about in a co-ed setting or in front of men and in order to talk about it at all, have to be in a 100% safe environment where they feel they will never be betrayed about any of these secrets they may have harbored for many, many years, but is haunting them night by night. We have specialist staff and workshops that deal with these issues so we can find a resolution to them, so it can find a place in their memory of acceptance, so they can move on.

Thursday, 11 March 2010 13:03

Spiritual Therapy

Spiritual therapy is a highly sensitive personal subject because no body can pray for somebody else, no one can believe in a higher power for somebody else, no one can develop their perception of their creator or a spiritual persona that they want to believe in. So we encourage each person to find the level of spirituality that is right for them, but we have shown that people that do not find a peace with spirituality have extreme difficulty in recovery. It is a absolutely predominant part of issues that have to be addressed in recovery.

Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:54


Emotional, mental, spiritual, social and physical needs are addressed through a wide variety of processes, including meditation, yoga, safe detoxification, family therapy, specialized trauma groups, group therapy, education groups, psychodrama, role play, experiential groups, art therapy, spiritual groups, 12-step groups/meetings and adventure-based counseling. These experiences are designed to help women cope with emotional distress, trauma, victimization, shame, grief and guilt while promoting self-worth, positive self-image, enhanced self-esteem and healthy coping skills. Women learn to confront self destructive beliefs and attitudes to develop positive behaviors and habits.

Upon admission, you will be given a thorough psychosocial assessment. The results of this evaluation, along with your interview with your primary therapist, will become the foundation of your specific treatment plan.

All of our therapists are master's level or above, fully credentialed and experienced. They include licensed clinical social workers, licensed psychologists, licensed marriage and family counselors, master's level in therapeutic recreation, licensed alcohol and drug addiction counselors, licensed professional counselors, trained equine therapists and a variety of spiritual mentors.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010 20:44

Communications Coordinator

The Communication Coordinator will utilize superior process and customer service skills to respond to inquiries; greet and direct visitors (vendors, family members, public, professional); execute special projects; and complete daily responsibilities in support of clients, Admissions and Brookhaven staff.

Days of work/hours of work: 40 hours/week; set schedule that is a combination of days, evenings and rotating weekends


Desired Skills

  • Associates in business- or communications-related field or equivalent education and experience
  • Minimum 2 years relevant experience preferred
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated customer service skills
  • Flexibility, resilience, hardiness and emotional intelligence
  • Excellent computer skills
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 19:25

Floor Manager

The Floor Managers work directly with each client to understand our program schedule, expectations, assignments, and other community elements. They assist clients with the day-to-day aspects of self-regulation. Floor Managers may also lead or co-facilitate educational groups.


Desired Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology or other human relations field
  • Skills and experience working with and leading groups in artistic expression activities and projects
  • Current state driver's license with F endorsement
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, particularly listening and empathy
  • Flexibility, resilience, patience, and adaptability
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