Who We Are and How We Help
Who We Are and How We Help
At Willow House, we proudly offer inpatient treatment for women experiencing a wide range of sex and intimacy issues including love addiction, sexual compulsivity, unhealthy relationship patterns, sexual trauma, toxic relationships, and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues.
Our comprehensive treatment program focuses on a person’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness. We conduct thorough assessments in order to provide the appropriate counseling, therapies, and supportive medications (if needed). On our safe, secluded campus, we treat intimacy disorders, emotional trauma, and co-occurring disorders. Our talented team of experts has seen patients from many walks of life, backgrounds, and experiences, and knows the time, care, and treatment it takes to restore hurting people back to health.
Part of the Meadows Behavioral Healthcare family, our history of healing stretches back more than four decades. While the focus at Willow House is on women’s sex, intimacy, and relationship issues, our sister programs address eating disorders, young adult issues, drug and alcohol addiction, complex trauma, and men’s sex addiction. Willow House is accredited by the Joint Commission and the NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) for patient safety and quality. We are also LegitScript certified, proving that we meet or exceed certain rigorous standards of care.
At Willow House we have the capacity to tailor our program to the specific needs of our patients. That means we can focus on sexual anorexia and love avoidance, which are much more fear-based, or issues like sex, porn, or masturbation addiction. We can address sexual trauma, work with human trafficking survivors, and we can help women who are dealing with domestic violence or toxic relationships learn how to appropriately leave or set boundaries. Our experts are highly trained and have experience working with a broad range of issues.
Willow House is a small and intimate program, treating no more than 10 women at a time, which allows our multi-disciplinary clinical team to give each woman the individual attention she deserves. And such a small group results in a strong bond. Trauma is the foundation of our treatment program because we know that it is often a root cause for sex addiction and other intimacy issues.
Over the course of treatment, patients will work on family history/legacy, belief systems, body image issues, sexuality, gender roles, trauma, grief, resilience, empowerment, and creating a vision for moving forward with more self-compassion and purpose. Hand in hand with our expert staff and their peers, our clients progress through structured experiential activities that are designed to provide them with opportunities to experience successes, identify obstacles, improve self-esteem, and take greater responsibility for their choices and actions, proving to themselves that they are capable of doing what they thought was impossible.
Compulsive sexual behavior — commonly referred to by the catchall phrase “sex addiction” — is classified as a mental health disorder on the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases list. The WHO’s ICD-11is recognized as the foundational document that clinicians and scientists around the world use to identify and study health problems, injuries, and causes of death.
In the ICD-11, compulsive sexual disorder is defined as “a persistent pattern of failure to control intense, repetitive sexual impulses or urges resulting in repetitive sexual behavior.” A disorder isn’t defined by the number of sexual partners you have or the specific sexual behaviors, instead it is marked by an individual’s sexual behavior becomes a “central focus of the person’s life to the point of neglecting health and personal care or other interests, activities, and responsibilities.”
Our goal is for women to leave our treatment program with clarity about their inherent value and worth, feeling peaceful, confident, and healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically. By helping them to redefine their emotional trauma, change their negative self-beliefs, and gain practical skills for coping and communicating, we believe they can begin living full and meaningful lives in ways they never imagined.