Morning StarWomen's Primary Residential-based Program
About Morning Star
Morning Star is a women’s primary residential-based program that utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches to treat the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of women in a setting where connection and restoration in community are at the forefront. At Morning Star, we use a combination of complementary and alternative treatment methods, such as yoga, therapeutic massage, acupuncture, breath work, hypnotherapy, meditation, and ceremony, as well as conventional evidence-based techniques including CBT, DBT, EMDR, and experiential therapy to provide a treatment experience that has been described as “healing” and “truly transformational” by our clients.
Through our many years of providing treatment to a diverse population of women, Morning Star has grown into an invigorating and restorative program that has proven to be effective at healing the mind, body and soul. Our clinical staff are experienced, licensed professionals who bring their own real-world experiences and trained expertise to the program. They recognize the innate strengths each woman possesses and advocate for women in their fight to grow and heal beyond their diagnoses.
What makes Morning Star so exceptional is our real world, community-centered environment and integrated approach to treatment. We realize that there is not one singular approach that will work for every woman, and we strive to establish an individual relationship and customized treatment plan for each client. This, in turn, creates a truly community-based, yet individualized, experience. Community is where healing happens, and that is the cornerstone of all of Integrative Life Center’s programs.
A Typical Day
Clinical work has been proven to be an effective tool in treating our issues, challenges, and experiences in life, but learning how to deal with these road-blocks in everyday life is invaluable. Our Morning Star property is located on 25 beautiful acres in a retreat-like setting however, all clinical groups are held at our center on Music Row in Nashville which creates a real-world experience.
Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 3:00, you will be participating in daily groups (25 hours of clinical groups per week) as well as one-on-one sessions with your therapist. You will have the opportunity to experience and practice recovery skills in everyday situations as you participate in local community events as part of your treatment process. We have medical staff available throughout the week in case you need medication management or a referral for other medical services. Nashville is an expansive healthcare community and many of our women utilize the healthcare services provided while being in a supported environment.
Real life experiences will be presented to you while at Morning Star as you live in community with other women. You and your housemates will decide on meals for the week, as well as shop and prepare meals daily. In addition to group and individual therapy, you will have the opportunity to engage in life skills, art, music, nature, and recovery support meetings to round out the day as you continue to gain stability and choose a path you desire.
We believe that no one is alone with their challenges in life, therefore, community is a key to recovery and a diverse group of women is a compelling and effective gift to healing. We offer a wide variety of meetings including Smart Recovery, a variety of 12 Step meetings, and Against the Stream Buddhist recovery meetings. We also offer other ceremonies such as sweat lodges if you desire to expand your support network. We know there is not one recovery path that works for every woman, we are here to support YOU in a path that resonates with you. We provide a safe space for your healing and recovery process but we do NOT tell you how to recover, we simply support you in finding your heart’s calling in your healing.
We are not defined by our issues; we are Human Beings and we are the only ones who can heal and transform ourselves so that we can recover our own truths and authenticity. There is nothing to fear in being brave enough to seek healing and recovery. We can only learn what our truth is by walking through the world as a community with our heads held high feeling a sense of self-worth. Whether it is healing past traumas or addictions or eating disorders through somatic breath work, communicating grief through a mosaic in our art room, or kayaking down the Piney River and enjoying living for the first time in a long time, we will help you find your path on your journey to recovery.
Clients are provided with a medical evaluation upon admission, access to psychiatric care and medical staff, and assistance with medication management.
Our Master’s level clinicians facilitate therapeutic individual, gender separate group, and family work. We use evidence based therapies such as CBT, EMDR, DBT, somatic work, motivational interviewing, process groups, equine and adventure based, experiential modalities.
Clients receive complementary therapeutic approaches in an effort to encourage body, mind, and spirit integration. Therapies include breath work, yoga, mindful meditation, massage, body work, art, music, and acupuncture.
Recreation & Community
Morning Star offers access to fire circles, sweat lodges, labyrinth walks, on-site art studio for creative expression, and other community oriented ceremonies.
Meals & Nutrition
Transportation is provided daily to meet client needs, including to clinical programming at Integrative Life Center, local support and recovery meetings, grocery shopping and other leisure activities.
Health & Wellness
Residents have access to 25 acres of walking trails, woods, low-ropes courses, streams and an onsite organic garden to support physical health and well being.