Windhorse Integrative Mental Health

A community-integrated residential treatment facility in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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For over 35 years Windhorse has provided compassionate care to people experiencing life disrupting mental states including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and schizophrenia. Our skilled team and community-based approach helps adults seeking integrated individualized care to restore personal dignity, and discover genuine workable connections with life, people and the larger community.

Program type:  Apartment-based Location:  Northampton, MA Environment:  shared living in apartments with a therapeutic housemate Number of residents:  1 client and 1 therapeutic housemate per household Gender:  All Ages:  18+
Conditions treated include:
Schizophrenia and other psychotic experiences Affective disorders (Depression and Bi-polar) Personality Disorders Autism Dual Diagnosis Anxiety Developmental Trauma
Services include:
Home based recovery with a clinical support team including individual therapy Client centered team approach Still Point residence: to ease transition into the program Community groups and events Dialogically oriented family support

A Different Approach to Care

We see recovery as an intersection between relationships and our environment. Building a meaningful life is central to the work of recovery. Our teams represent consistent therapeutic friendships and support built over time. Equally emphasized is learning how to create an environment that allows you to thrive and slowly integrate into a larger community.

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Our Teams: Supporting Safety and Sanity

The Windhorse Approach to wellness focuses on the development of a safe, sane environment supported by a collaborative mental health treatment team. In its fullest expression, this team includes:

  • The client or person at the center of concern
  • A therapeutic housemate
  • A principal psychotherapist
  • A wellness nurse
  • A team leader who coordinates care
  • One or two counselors or peer counselors

Basic attendance is the core discipline—and heart-essence—of Windhorse work; three hour, 1-on-1 shifts with client and a team member, who together focus on the present moment with compassion and skill. This approach has been successful in reducing hospitalization and as an alternative to group care. Structured support in daily living is designed to provide greater independence and significant recovery.

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Contradicting Isolation

At Windhorse, we believe that every person with psychiatric disorders possess a fundamental goodness and dignity, and that these traits can and must be nurtured. We focus intently on helping people with extreme mind states to build genuine relationships that create a path out of isolation and into community.

Cost

Our support flexes to meet the needs of the individual. Thus, program costs can vary widely. For the first six to nine months, most teams have a full complement of staff members. That level of care is budgeted from $16,000 to $21,000 per month. Windhorse is a private-pay, non-profit organization. Insurance may cover the cost of medications and meetings with our prescribing psychiatrist, but it will not cover our clinical programs.

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