Gentle Path At The Meadows

Gentle Path at The Meadows is a revolutionary program for males 18 and older struggling with a sexual addiction, relationship addiction, and sexual anorexia. This world-renowned treatment is based on the groundbreaking work of Dr. Patrick Carnes’ Thirty-Task model that has been empirically validated to be an effective form of treatment for sexually compulsive behavior.

Located in a stunning desert landscape, surrounded by mountain vistas and beautiful trees, Gentle Path at The Meadows is a true oasis - providing our patients an exclusive and tranquil place where they can reflect on their issues without distraction. We have cultivated a safe and secure environment that provides patients the freedom to work on their issues under the supervision of The Meadows professional, nurturing, and expert staff.

Gentle Path at The Meadows is designed from the ground up to address a centered approach to sex addiction treatment and the effects the disorder has on patient relationships, self-esteem, and livelihood.

The goal of Gentle Path at The Meadows is to help men develop a sense of healthy sexuality and resolve past trauma or family issues in order to reclaim their lives from negative behaviors.

What Is Sex Addiction?


Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior that interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one's work environment. While, no single behavior pattern defines sexual addiction; these behaviors can take control of addicts' lives and become unmanageable.

Sexual addiction has also been called hypersexuality, sexual dependency and sexual compulsivity. By any name, it is a compulsive behavior that completely dominates the addict's life. Sexual addicts make sex a priority over family, friends, and work. Sex becomes the governing principle of an addict's life. They are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most in order to preserve and continue their unhealthy behavior.

Sex Addiction Treatment

Gentle Path at The Meadows is a minimum 45-day intensive program committed to the highest level of care for men struggling with sex addiction. For this reason, the program is gender specific and treats only adult males. A gender specific program is specifically tailored to a man’s physical, emotional, and psychological needs.

Treatment at Gentle Path at The Meadows incorporates The Meadows Model with Dr. Patrick Carnes’ 30 task model for the treatment of sex addiction and will include individual and group therapy, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing®, equine therapy, CBT, and psychodrama.

Gentle Path also recognizes that very few addicts have just one addiction. A rapidly growing body of evidence shows the addictive process appearing in different forms including, alcohol, substance abuse, sexual disorders, eating disorders, and financial disorders. For example, most cocaine addicts also use sex compulsively. To focus only on the cocaine, or one aspect of addiction, sets the stage for failure. There is an elaborate set of cues, rituals, relationships, and patterns that Gentle Path at The Meadows addresses to dramatically improve our patients’ outcomes.

Our patients receive sex addiction help through individualized attention as well as being integrated into a group process within our multi-phase approach. The staff on-hand is multi-disciplinary and includes psychiatrists and addictionologists.


Treatment Team

  • Program Director
  • Chief of Psychiatry
  • Master’s Level Licensed Therapist
  • Continuing Care Coordinator
  • Neurofeedback Practitioners
  • Primary & Family Counselor
  • 24-hour Nursing
  • Experiential Therapist
  • Expressive Arts Therapist


Gentle Path at The Meadows employs a system that varies the intensity of care according to individual patient needs. During the Evaluation Phase, patients are assessed in our most structured setting. Patients receive a battery of psychological testing, sexual addiction testing, trauma evaluation, psychiatric evaluation, chemical dependency assessment, in addition to a biopsychosocial assessment and psychosexual assessment. This phase of treatment typically lasts 24-72 hours. The patient is then discharged to the first phase of treatment.


Patients are involved in a full day of treatment 7:30am to 9:00pm. Activities and events are also scheduled on evenings and weekends. The program offers specialty groups and services designed to meet the needs of this population.

All Gentle Path at The Meadows staff are either Masters or Doctoral level trained clinicians with specialized training in working with sexual issues. Because we understand there are many different types of addictions, Gentle Path at The Meadows’ treatment program offers a variety of treatment options, each prescribed and suited to the individual patient’s needs.


Experiential Therapy is a tool used to help patients examine personal relationships and initiate self-discovery on how those relationships affect current behaviors. Examining personal relationships through this therapy can help patients identify negative emotions that trigger their compulsive behaviors. Patients participating in experiential therapy may recreate situations or experiences that trigger difficult emotions or feelings that can be addressed in a positive manner.


Some of our Experiential Therapies include:

  • Yoga
  • Tai Chai
  • Acupuncture
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Expressive Arts
  • Equine Therapy
  • …many more

Gentle Path at The Meadows utilizes experiential therapy to help our patients begin to become more aware of their own needs, motivations and patterns of behavior. It helps them identify roadblocks and create solutions around them. Effective use of this therapy can help patients attain a higher degree of self-confidence and free them from their self-destructive emotional and behavioral patterns. Our therapies are designs to eliminate feelings of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem to help patients establish healthy relationships and a connection with their true self.

Family Program

Gentle Path at The Meadows believes that family support is critical when working to heal from issues related to sexual addiction. It is our goal to involve the family whenever possible.


Family week is an intensive one-week program designed for family and loved ones of the patient. The program focuses on assisting loved ones in understanding the complex nature of addiction as well as helping them to understand the feelings which are natural when dealing with a friend or family member with an addictive disease. During the week, family members and patients identify issues and problems they are facing and incorporate those into the overall treatment plant.


Comprehensive aftercare planning is critical for success in long-term recovery. The Gentle Path at The Meadows program provides assistance in developing a comprehensive discharge and recovery plan. Our staff works with the patient and the therapist at home to provide a seamless transition to maintain the momentum gained in treatment.

In order to provide improved care to our patients and service to our referral resources, The Meadows has dedicated expanded resources to our aftercare services. The goals of the expanded services are:

  • To provide our patients with an assigned individual at the onset of their treatment experience who will follow them through the entire program to support and guide them with their research and intake phases of aftercare.

  • To communicate with referral resources to coordinate their patient’s ongoing care needs in conjunction with The Meadows clinical treatment recommendations in an effort to provide quality patient care.

  • To extend The Meadows relationships and network of quality continuing care service providers.

Gentle Path at The Meadows works to help patients not only overcome their struggles with sex addiction, but also to provide them with the education and skills necessary to form a healthy relationship with their sexuality.

We Can Help

Recovery from sex addiction is possible. Gentle Path at The Meadows is designed to help males suffering from addiction recognize that they have a full, rich life ahead of them. Contact Gentle Path at The Meadows today and begin your journey towards a happy, healthy, and productive life.

Start Your Recovery Today

The Meadows exists to heal your unresolved emotional trauma and provide you with the tools to transform your life. Whether you or someone you love is entering treatment for the first time, or a relapse occurs, The Meadows Model is unparalleled in producing successful outcomes for recovery and a proven vanguard for treating trauma and addiction.

  1. This Is How We Can Help:

    Our private treatment programs help men and women struggling to overcome emotional trauma, addiction, complex mental health issues, and co-occurring conditions in a safe, confidential setting.

  2. Emotional Trauma

  3. Addiction Issues

  4. Mental Health

  5. Workshops

Long Lasting Recovery

Patients in our care follow a proven timeline designed to help them identify, understand, treat and overcome their addictions and negative behaviors.

Photo of a woman looking apprehensively out of a window

Will The Meadows
Work For Me?

Extensive assessments create the basis for an accurate, personalized recovery plan.

Learn More
Photo of a smiling woman engaged in equine therapy


Acquire the means to better cope with life, and live in the present.

Learn More
Close up photo of Doctor Bessel van der Kolk

World Renowned

Clinical guidance by world-renowned experts.

Learn More
Photo of a smiling woman engaging with her smart phone


Stay(ing) connected in your recovery.

Learn More

Find a Program That is Right for You

We understand a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment isn’t beneficial to most individuals. Therefore, we offer a specialized continuum of behavioral health services designed to meet your needs.

The Meadows’ exceptional combination of clinical leadership and positive outcomes sets us apart from other trauma, addiction, and recovery treatment centers.

Learn More
Photo of a smiling adult family against a nature-esque background

Healing The Family

Family members and their loved one work together from the time of admission to break dysfunctional cycles and patterns.

Learn More
Photo of a smiling male against a nature-esque background

Trusted by Professionals

Providing your patients the highest quality care from our masters’ level clinicians, board-certified psychiatrists, and 24-hour nursing staff.

Learn More
Photo of a smiling male against a brick wall background with gestural art hanging upon it

Patient Focused Recovery

Providing you a customized treatment experience that respects and honors your specific needs.

Learn More

Events & Workshops

  • Oct-Oct



    Post-Induction Therapy (PIT) Advanced Inner Child & Feeling Reduction Training 2018

    The advanced PIT training teaches participants to facilitate experiential trauma work, including both Inner Child and Feeling Reduction trauma work. The Inner Child work focuses on educating participants to teach their clients how to re-parent the wounded parts of self through nurturing, affi rming, and limit setting. The Feeling Reduction work teaches participants to assist clients in detoxing negative childhood emotions and in releasing negative introjects from childhood relational trauma. Both areas of work assist the client in learning to love the self, as well as reducing the overall emotional reactivity in the present, allowing for enhanced relationships with others.

    Facilitator: Sarah Bridge, in addition to her private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona, during the past 10 years has lectured and co-facilitated over 100 PIT trainings with Pia Mellody for mental health professionals sponsored by The Meadows. Presently, she continues to work with Pia Mellody teaching and training staff at The Meadows Treatment Center. Sarah holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from UCLA and a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from USC. She has over 30 years of experience working in the mental health fi eld with trauma survivors. In the past, she has worked in both outpatient and inpatient hospital settings including UCLA and John's Hopkins Hospital, as well as in outpatient community mental health clinics in Ithaca, NY and Phoenix, AZ. Additionally, Sarah provides case consultation to other clinicians nationwide and internationally and has conducted the PIT trainings in Europe as well.

    Co-facilitator: Deirdre Stewart is the Director of Trauma Resolution Services for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. She holds a Bachelor of Communication from Pepperdine University, in Malibu, CA and received a Master's in Counseling from The University of New England in New South Wales. Stewart completed internships at South Pacifi c Private in Sydney, Australia; Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT; and Family Behavioral Health IOP in Boca Raton, FL. She is a licensed professional in the state of Arizona and is trained in both EMDR and SE. Deirdre's training also includes Pia Mellody's Post Induction Therapy and Inner Child and Feeling Reduction intensives. Before relocating back to the United States in 2008, Stewart was in private practice at Hong Kong Psychological Services in Hong Kong.

    2018 DATES

    February 19-23 | April 9-13 | October 15-19


    Rio Retreat Center At The Meadows
    1245 Jack Burden Rd., Wickenburg, AZ 85390


    After this training, participants will be able to:

    1. Assist clients in comparing one's own "shame" and "carried shame" from the trauma of scapegoating and neglect/abandonment.
    2. Describe the importance of not going one-up (better than) on a client in order to clearly do the work.
    3. Use "Shame Reduction Work" with their clients in order to assist them in releasing the sense of worthlessness they took on from caregivers who were projecting their own sense of worthlessness onto them.
    4. Demonstrate to clients how to embrace a more functional relationship with self by teaching them how to re-parent their own wounding from relational trauma in childhood.
    5. Discuss the importance of teaching the client how to esteem the self by moving into a more functional relationship with themselves and embracing self-esteem.
    6. Apply learned methods practiced in dyad with a partner in clinical settings post-training.


    Qualifications include a master's or doctorate in a helping or educational profession, certifi cation/state licenses, ordained clergy status and present employment in counseling services. Post Induction Therapy (PIT) Training is a prerequisite to the advanced Inner Child & Feeling Reduction Training.


    $1,500 per person includes the five-day intensive training, training materials, and 33 continuing education credits. Confi rmation letter will be emailed.


    Please contact Deb Stone at 928-684-4088 to register.


    Registration  8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  Lunch  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Training  8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Training  1:00 –4:30 p.m.


    The Meadows provides 33 continuing education credits from the following agencies:

    • This course has been approved by The Meadows, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider for 33 CE. NAADAC Provider #62791, The Meadows is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Course addresses Counseling Services from NAADAC Counselor Skill Group.
    • The Meadows is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Meadows maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets criteria for 33.0 hours of continuing education credit hours for psychologists.
    • The Meadows is an NBCCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Provider#5687.


    Cancellation policy: For a full refund (less cost of homework materials sent), a written cancellation notice must be received 60 days prior to the training. Cancellations received less than 60 days prior will be refunded less cost of training materials and a $500 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given on or after the workshop date.

    Special Assistance: The Meadows is committed to providing all attendees equal access to this event; call two weeks prior to event for ADA needs.

    Continuing Education Credits: In order to obtain a certifi cate of completion, you must attend the training in its entirety. No partial credit will be given. No exceptions. Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet your continuing education requirements.

    Click here to download a pdf flyer

    Learn More >
Alumni Sign Up

Calling Alumni & Professionals

Continue friendships, or forge new ones. Start receiving updates and stay in contact today.

I am a/an:

*We’ll never share or sell your email address.
You can unsubscribe or update your contact information at any time.

Contact The Meadows

Intensive Family Program • Innovative Experiential Therapy • Neurobehavioral Therapy

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input