Willow House at The Meadows is a 45-day inpatient program designed specifically for women who are struggling with love addiction, relationship issues, and intimacy disorders.
In the heart of the beautiful and serene Sonoran Desert, we provide specialized treatment to help women begin to heal their core emotional trauma and to change their self-destructive behaviors, whether they manifest as love addiction, sexual compulsivity, unhealthy relationship patterns, or co-occurring issues such as drug and alcohol addiction, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and other behavioral problems.
Over the course of their 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.
Intimacy Counseling for Women
Hand in hand with our expert staff and their peers, women in the Willow House at The Meadows program will reconnect to their values and find the strength and courage it takes to face the trauma of their pasts. They will work from a place of healing to let go of what no longer serves them, learn forgiveness for themselves and others, begin to trust their inner voice and accept their innate value and worth. They will also work to reduce the shame and guilt that stems from double standards around sexuality, rewrite their personal narratives, and become empowered to take control of their lives.
We want women to leave our treatment program with clarity about their inherent value and worth, feeling peaceful, confident, and healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Our hope is that by helping them to redefine their emotional trauma, change their negative self-beliefs, and gain practical skills for coping and communicating, they will begin living full and meaningful lives, in ways they never thought possible.
Our Treatment Approach
Willow House is a small and intimate program, treating no more than 10 women at a time. This allows our multi-disciplinary treatment team—which includes a psychiatric specialist, a primary care physician, a Master’s level therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses—to give each woman the individual attention she needs. We specialize in treating women who struggle with …
- Patterns of unhealthy and/or abusive relationships
- Serial affairs and relationships
- Sexual Boundary Issues
- Porn Addiction
- Issues related to transgender identity
And co-occurring issues such as
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Disordered Eating Patterns / Eating Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Love Avoidance
- Sexual Trauma
- Panic/Anxiety Disorders
- Attachment Trauma
- Dual Diagnosis
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. Experiential therapies give women the confidence that they are capable of overcoming challenges and capable of doing what they thought was impossible.
Patients leave Willow House at The Meadows with communication skills and emotional regulation skills needed to make healthy choices and live their best lives.
Willow House Addiction Treatment Team
Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D., Clinical Architect, and Senior Fellow
Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D. is the President of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, a training institute and professional organization for addiction professionals. At The Meadows, she works with sexually addicted clients and their families and is the clinical architect for Willow House: Relationship Healing for Women, a treatment program for women struggling with sex, love, and intimacy disorders. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AAMFT approved supervisor. Her area of expertise includes working with patients and families struggling with multiple addictions such as sexual addiction, eating disorders, and chemical dependency.
Dr. Carnes is also a certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor, specializing in therapy for couples and families struggling with sexual addiction. She presents regularly at conferences at both the state and national levels. She is also the author of numerous publications including her books, Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts, and Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts, and Facing Addiction: Starting Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs.
Allan Benham, RN, BSN
Allan Benham is the Chief Operating Officer for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. In his 16 years with The Meadows, Allan has served in numerous roles including positions as a Registered Nurse, Director of Nursing, Director of Operations at The Meadows, Executive Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows, and presently as the Chief Operating Officer for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. With a background in working almost every position and with every facility in the Meadows family, Allan brings a commitment to quality and effective treatment for our patients and a dedication to helping those who are suffering find relief. Allan is now working with all of the Meadows Behavioral Healthcare facilities including The Meadows, Gentle Path at The Meadows, Claudia Black Young Adult Center, Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, The Meadows Outpatient Center, and Willow House at The Meadows.
Jerry L. Law, D. Min., MDAAC, CIP, Executive Director
Dr. Law serves as the Executive Director of Gentle Path at The Meadows and Willow House at The Meadows, residential programs specializing in relationship disorders, sex addiction, substance abuse disorders, and co-occurring behavioral health disorders. He is a Board Certified Counselor, a Board Certified Intervention Professional and a Master Certified Drug Alcohol and Addictions Counselor.
Prior to assuming the Executive Director Role and Gentle Path and Willow House, Jerry served as Director of Family Education and Leadership Training for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. In this role, Jerry worked closely with the clinical teams and offered education and support to family members while their loved one is in treatment.
As Executive Director, Jerry oversees the day-to-day operations of the programs and works closely with the clinical team in providing world-class treatment as well as advocating for service excellence in the care provided. He works closely with Senior Fellows, Dr. Patrick Carnes and Dr. Stefanie Carnes, in the ongoing development and implementation of program curriculum ensuring the continuity of care for which The Meadows programs are known worldwide.
Irene Jacobs, MC, LPC, CSAT, Clinical Director
Irene is the Clinical Director for Willow House. Her counseling background has shaped her passion in the field of trauma and addiction. Her experience includes sex addiction; love addiction; relationship and intimacy issues; victims of domestic sex trafficking; human trafficking; survivors of torture; self-harm; personality disorders; addictions; and disordered eating. Irene has worked in the Primary, Family, and Trauma counselor positions at The Meadows, giving her incredible experience in the programming needed to treat women struggling with intimacy and relationship issues. Her extensive knowledge combined with her sensitivity offers healing and hope for Willow House patients and their families.