Our Approach

Discover how we approach treatment at our mental health treatment center.

What Sets Us Apart

Our Approach

“The Bridge to Recovery is a Workshop Model with a Treatment Mindset

Our approach to care is extremely unique and sets us apart from other programs. We have five decades of experience helping clients heal from unresolved trauma with proven positive outcomes.  

We are one of only a select few programs in the US & worldwide that is dedicated ONLY to addressing trauma & codependency as a primary issue.

To understand more about our program, it is essential to understand our team's approach to care.

  • Because of our unique program model, we have outreach staff around the country, creating relationships with Therapists, Treatment Programs, Family Programs, Interventionists, to provide education about our program and our care model.
  • Set Admission Dates: We admit groups beginning every other Monday.
  • We only admit up to 10 individuals during an admission cycle.  
  • Small, closed groups create a safe and secure environment for clients to open up and do the deep work necessary for healing (meaning no new admits after the workshop cycle has begun).
  • Our Milieu can consist of men and women of all ages.
  • Each individual group is filled with diverse ages, ethnicities, community & culture, family systems, socio-economic background and experiences.
  • While trauma “symptoms” and individual stories are unique, group members find that their underlying and unresolved pain is their commonality, creating a community of connection, empathy, and healing. 
  • Real and authentic healing is nurtured in this setting.
  • Our unique program curriculum was created by our Co-Founder, Carol Cannon. Since then, over the past five decades, we have continued to supplement, when available, breaking advances in trauma care to provide the most well-rounded, evidence-based, foundation-rooted program.
  • Our residential workshop focuses on unresolved trauma and provides space for the experiential modalities to work.  
  • We have found that deep and authentic healing happens in the group setting with clients who are ready, willing, and physically/emotionally able to dive into deeply rooted, unresolved trauma, family systems work, and attachment work.  
  • Our admissions team and clinical teams work closely together to ensure we are the best fit for every client.
  • We employ a diverse clinical staff with many different backgrounds, genders, experiences, educational accomplishments, professional accomplishments, accreditations, and specialties.
  • We utilize multiple modalities of experiential therapy that best help our clients foster healthy connections with themselves through awareness and productive use of their physical sensations and emotions.
  • The work you will do at The Bridge is geared toward growing and strengthening emotional intelligence.
  • We believe that your healing journey, once started, is a forever journey filled with ups & downs. Once a part of our Bridge family as a client, you are forever part of that family, and our aftercare team is dedicated to supporting you through those ups & downs.
  • Our Alumni Program provides ongoing connection, support, referrals, and more for the lifetime of our clients.
  • Our aftercare team provides referrals and contacts for a wide array of needs, helping to build the “aftercare toolbox” necessary for a successful return home.

At The Bridge, we recognize that every individual is unique in their recovery process, including the amount of time it takes for healing to occur. The Bridge to Recovery is a safe space for this process to take place.

Just an hour and 20 minutes North from Nashville, Tennessee sits our healing refuge. Hidden away on 120 acres of rolling Kentucky hills.

Length of Stay

At The Bridge to Recovery, we understand that everyone's healing journey is unique. Our minimum length of stay is 2 weeks (14 days), a timeframe during which many clients experience remarkable progress and healing, choosing to conclude their transformative experience with us.

For those who feel the need for more time or wish to explore additional aspects of their healing process, we offer the flexibility to extend their stay. The decision to prolong one's stay is entirely personal, and clients collaborate with their counselors, group members, and support team to make an informed choice.

Our commitment is to maintain an open and supportive environment, allowing your healing process to unfold naturally. Clients may extend their stay beyond 2 weeks if it is recommended by the support team. Our average length of stay typically ranges from 2 to 4 weeks, emphasizing the importance of aligning with your unique timeline, not ours.

Your healing journey is a personal evolution, and we are here to provide the time and space necessary for your comprehensive well-being.

This concept is another aspect truly unique to The Bridge to Recovery. 

  • It is up to the individual, with encouragement and support from their care team, to determine what is best for their mind, body, and soul.
  • You will not find yourself in a situation where you have opened up, engaged in the process, and then told your “time is up.”
  • Our clients thrive in an environment where they feel safe to open up on their own healing timeline.
  • Our clients learn to see their experience as an emotional healing journey and not an emotional “cure” – this leads to less feelings of failure and better engagement in long-term recovery. 

Attending The Bridge to Recovery is an emotional surgery. Like any surgery, every person’s healing process and progress is unique. We nurture that need.

The Group Process

While attending our program, you will engage in your individual healing work, nurtured and supported by our group process. 

The Bridge to Recovery is a “workshop” model that has found powerful progress and healing happens in a group setting. This can be scary and intimidating for those with preconceived notions about “group therapy.” 

If you are feeling any of those same sentiments, you are certainly not alone. However, our group process is very unique and we encourage you to keep an open mind.  

We have five decades of success, and one of the strongest reasons why is because we utilize a unique group process.  

Maybe it will be best if we debunk some of the preconceived ideas about this process

  • You will NOT spend hours on end listening to “sob stories” from other folks.
  • You will work through The Bridge to Recovery curriculum as a group but will apply it to your individual situation.
  • You will (very likely) NOT have experienced this type of group work before.
  • You will find that because the group is an open-ended continuation day after day, a safe space is created and you will feel safe to do your individual healing work.
  • You will NOT find that you are unique in your fears, your worries, and even the reason why you came to The Bridge. 
  • You will find that while your background, history, and story may be different from your group mates, your pain is the shared commonality. This creates a group foundation of connection, empathy, and healing.
  • You will NOT find success in our program if you are not ready to do this intensive work. It’s a lot. It’s emotional. It’s exhausting.
  • You will find success in our program if you can trust the process, including the GROUP process.

Some Unique Things About Our Groups

  • Our admissions dates are “closed” (meaning we only admit on one day, every other week), which allows for our groups to create a safe, intimate, and cohesive connection. 
  • We will only allow up to 10 individuals in each group.
  • Graduations will always fall on the weekend before the next admission, so there will not be group members admitting or discharging (barring an emergency or unexpected circumstance) during the group cycle.
  • Our group can consist of men and women of all ages.
  • Each individual group is filled with diverse genders, ages, ethnicities, community & culture, family systems, socio-economic backgrounds, experiences, and more. Real and authentic healing is nurtured in this setting.
  • While unnerving at first, group members often create authentic, healthy, and genuine connections with their group members. 
  • Many Bridge clients go on to create lifelong friendships and support systems with their group members.

We provide a lot of information about what we do and who we are. What we are NOT, however, is a “medical model” program employing doctors, psychiatrists, or nursing staff.

We are NOT an appropriate fit for those clients

  • Needing psychological diagnosis, review, or stabilization 
  • Needing medication diagnosis, review, or stabilization
  • Needing primary treatment for active & acute diagnosable behavior, such as: 
    • Substance Abuse (less than two weeks of sobriety time)
    • Food & Body Disorders (less than two weeks since binging, purging, or other symptomatic behaviors)
    • Sex Addiction (currently active in sex-disordered behaviors without previous treatment)
  • With a medical or mental health diagnosis in which a group process/environment is not conducive to the client’s successful recovery journey.