Bridgehaven in Louisville, Kentucky is a not-for-profit behavioral health outpatient clinic that has been serving the community since 1958. Bridgehaven was formed after a study by the National Council of Jewish Women discovered that there was a need within the community for a program that helped those who were coming out of the hospital due to mental health issues to help the transition back into their communities. Programming is designed for individuals and groups to participate in a series of skill building activities and counseling through medication management, evidence-based methods, and holistic treatment approaches.
Treatment and Staff
Bridgehaven clients, or “members” as they are referred to at the facility, undergo a psychiatric assessment upon arrival and are given an individualized plan. There are a number of therapy groups and activities created with the intent to help clients overcome personal hurdles and develop valuable life skills. This includes organization, memory, focus, problem solving and socialization with the end goal being a steady job or continued education. Clients are matched with a counselor who aids them in finding a job, making sure their medication is stable and that they are achieving their goals.
Treatment consist of extensive education about the client’s mental illness and connects them to a peer specialist. The main approach is Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) along with several group options. This includes art and music therapy, expressive communications, anxiety management and DBT, illness management and independent living skills. For those in the dual diagnosis groups, methods consists of Motivational Interviewing (MI), CBT, solution focused therapy and psychoeducation.
Other programs include the Peer Empowerment Path (PEP), which is a five day a week program entirely run by peer specialists who undergo training and coordinate activities and personal interest groups.
Bridgehaven staff consists of LPCCs, art therapists, LCSWs, peer specialists and advanced practice nurses.
Bridgehaven hosts a number of community outreach events including luncheons, art shows and recovery awards. There are pet therapy options, expressive art therapy classes and regular transportation.
The main objective at Bridgehaven is to have clients recover in a supportive setting in addition to getting rid of the stigma that is attached mental illness. Men and women enter into their program often times feeling like they have no options in life, and end up picking up valuable life skills and improving their self esteem and self empowerment.
950 S 1st St
Louisville, KY 40203
Bridgehaven Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Bridgehaven by phone at (502) 585-9444. Find Bridgehaven on Facebook
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