Brookhaven Retreat Visited the Beck Cultural Exchange on Saturday, Jan. 16

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Brookhaven Retreat LLC, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, treated clients to a therapeutic outing to The Beck Cultural Exchange on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Brookhaven Retreat® LLC, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with emotional and mental health challenges, and/or substance abuse issues hosted a therapeutic outing to The Beck Cultural Exchange and Hobby Lobby on Saturday, Jan. 16.

The Beck Cultural Exchange is dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting artifacts and other evidence of contributions relating to the history and culture of African-Americans in East Tennessee and America. They also provide the community with learning, teaching and educational experiences. The cultural center was established by friends of James and Ethel Beck, who left their fortune to their friends to commemorate their lives.

Clients were treated to this historic community treasure as a recreational outing taken weekly as part of The Lily Program®, a 90-day voluntary residential program offered exclusively at Brookhaven Retreat. Such outings help women overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, personality disorders, and substance dependence among other diagnoses, by providing exposure therapy.

An exhibit at the museum, "The Lives and Times of James and Ethel Beck,” includes photographs of the Becks and their friends as well as photographs of their cars and real estate. Also, included in the collection is a picture of the Becks visiting at the home of their friend Dr. W.E.B DuBois in 1939.

Two of the most glamorous and influential members of the African American community in Knoxville during the 1920s to 1960s, James and Ethel were the last people to live in the Beck mansion before James died in 1969 and Ethel died in 1970.

Founder of Brookhaven Retreat, Jacqueline Dawes, says, “Exposure therapy is designed to offer a break from traditional therapy for a fresh approach. This kind of therapy is meant to be expansive and fun, although aspects of it may present challenges in one way or another. It’s important for clients to get out into the world during the process of therapy and exercise the skills they’re learning.”

Art therapy is also an enjoyable aspect of the recovery program at Brookhaven Retreat, which is designed to engage different parts of the brain and therefore, summon images from the unconscious, such as buried thoughts, fears and desires, even dreams that have been repressed.

Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

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