Opening of Ivy Trails at Parkwood, a Program Exclusively for Women

Jul 16, 2022 at 12:33 am by admin

Parkwood Behavioral Health System has opened its new, inpatient behavioral health unit, Ivy Trails at Parkwood, a Program Exclusively for Women. The new unit opened on July 14. Ivy Trails is a specialized treatment program designed to help women develop healthy lifestyles, improve coping skills, identify emotional triggers and learn to promote resiliency. Our program and staff are trained to specifically meet the needs and treatment concerns of women. Our goal is to help women manage stress, anxiety and depression, navigate grief and loss, process relationship difficulties, resolve trauma and recover from postpartum depression.


According to the Office on Women’s Health, more than one in five women in the United States experienced a mental health condition in the past year, such as depression or anxiety. Alicia Plunkett, CEO, Parkwood Behavioral Health System, says one of her favorite quotes is by Madrianne Arvore: “An illness of the mind is an illness of the body, and vice versa.” In a world where women wear multiple hats, we have to pay attention to our thoughts and our bodies. It is through this process that we heal and become better advocates for women’s health.


Our trauma-focused treatment program focuses on brief intervention and solution-focused therapies. Within our exclusive women-only programming, we incorporate concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, and expressive therapies such as mindfulness, art, music, yoga and equine therapy. After completing treatment, women may transition to our Intensive Outpatient Program or Partial Hospitalization Program, offered Monday through Friday. Our goal is to help women thrive by providing new skills and knowledge through therapeutic intervention to face new and existing challenges.


Parkwood Behavioral Health System is located on a beautiful 37-acre campus in the northwest corner of Desoto County in North Mississippi, just a few miles from the Tennessee state line. At Parkwood, we care for a wide age range of patients from the age of 5 to senior adulthood. Whether you or someone in your family is struggling with mental health issues, depression, thoughts of suicide or self-harm, or substance use disorder, we offer multiple inpatient and outpatient programs specifically designed to meet your needs. The physicians and staff at Parkwood strive to provide the best outcomes possible and help patients progress toward a more independent, self-fulfilling lifestyle. Learn more at

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