“Windhorse” refers to a mythic horse, famous throughout central Asia, who rides in the sky and is the symbol of a person’s energy and discipline to uplift himself. Windhorse is literally an energy in the body and mind, which can be aroused in the service of healing an illness or overcoming depression.
— from Windhorse Project founder Dr. Edward Podvoll’s book Recovering Sanity (Shambhala Publications, 2003, p. 224); previously published as The Seduction of Madness by HarperCollins, 1990.
Recovery at home and in community . . .
Since its inception in 1990, Windhorse Community Services, Inc., (WCS) has offered home-based treatment and recovery options to residents of Boulder, Colorado. Clients have also temporarily relocated to Boulder from around the United States to participate in our service, seeking complementary or alternative treatment to mainstream psychiatric care.
WCS has worked with clients with a wide range of diagnoses and conditions, including schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, affective disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, personality disorders, closed-head injuries, obsessive-compulsive disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, autism, challenges of aging, and terminal illnesses.
WCS has provided skilled support to people in a variety of transitions, such as medication changes and withdrawal. Our services are applicable to people on a wide continuum of life experiences. We have worked successfully with very complicated and unusual situations. Many of our clients do not easily fit into standard treatment options and seek very individualized support. Our services are offered for the long- or short-term and can be consultative or educational. We can support the work of psychiatrists or psychotherapists who have a working alliance with a client, but who under a standard outpatient arrangement cannot offer enough structure and follow-through to promote the recovery and/or safety of the client.
Each treatment we design is conducted as a unique process. Every attempt is made to match the clinician’s style, training, and experience to the needs and personality of the client and family. We select from a group of highly trained and experienced clinicians when staffing a treatment team. We also have cooperative relationships with a variety of local specialists in order to provide specific expertise as needed.