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Licensing & Accreditation

Brookhaven Retreat is Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations and is licensed by the State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

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We are a private pay treatment center and do not accept any type of insurance. Costs associated with care are the responsibility of the client.

 

Experiential Therapies

 
 

The Lily Program® ~ An Individualized Mental Health Program For Women

 

Experiential therapies provide opportunities to identify emotional issues and to practice new coping skills. Experiential therapies provided at Brookhaven Retreat include:

  • Equine Assisted Therapy

    Equine Assisted Therapy

    Brookhaven Retreat offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) as part of our emotional wellness treatment program. EAP has proven successful in treating those with mental health issues by providing a powerful opportunity for trauma and conflict resolution that incorporates teaching and practicing essential life skills. Typically conducted in groups, a highly trained equine therapist and psychotherapist are responsible for facilitating the development of a relationship between a client and the horses. Individual therapy sessions to target specific issues are also available as recommended in the treatment planning. Equine therapists at Brookhaven Retreat have received their certification for EAP and follow Equine Assisted Growth And Learning Association recommendations.

    Horses provide highly accurate feedback about personalities, attitudes and moods by mirroring human body language. The therapist observes the client interaction with the horses and helps to assess and process feelings, behaviors and patterns. A client who finds it difficult to set healthy boundaries in relationships may also allow a horse to nip at her hands or clothing. The client may misinterpret the aggressive behavior as affection, allowing the therapist to explore this misconception as a clinical issue.

    With this unique therapy, talk is replaced by touch; movement and other elements are not part of the traditional therapeutic environment. While riding is not incorporated into EAP, activities such as the grooming process - picking mud out of feet, untangling manes and tails and brushing the horse's coat - can help clients to work on issues such as nurturing, asking for help, isolation, dependence, performance anxiety, connection and intimacy.

  • Art Therapy

    Art Therapy

    Art therapy can be beneficial to anyone but is particularly helpful for those who just aren't able to express their feelings with words. We use several mediums of art as therapy that allow our clients to express what they can't say. Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self- awareness, and achieve insight.

  • Experiential Groups

    Experiential Groups

    In addition to the “Core Group” therapy described above, Brookhaven Retreat offers many other groups throughout the week. Group therapy is the heartbeat of any good therapy center. The power of group psychotherapy is that the group becomes a microcosm for the larger world and how a client interacts in the group is often a mirror for how they interact in other relationships. The group is a necessary tool to really understanding this aspect of a person's overall ability to live a meaningful and productive life.

    Some of our groups are process oriented and offer tremendous depth to the processing that most are often more comfortable with in individual therapy. Many of our groups, however, are focused around a specific topic such as trauma, grief/loss, self-esteem and healthy families. These groups include educational and experiential components so that each client leaves with a toolbox overflowing with skills that she is ready and experienced at using.

  • Mindfulness

    Mindfulness

    Mindfulness begins each day at Brookhaven Retreat and is a mindful grounding for the day to ensure focus, affirm self and find readiness to start the day with a sense of peace and connection. Each client is taught specific mindfulness techniques by their Primary Therapist and is encouraged to practice mindfulness as a coping skill regularly.