Presence for Women: Care Across the Lifespan

Presence for Women: Care Across the Lifespan

Season 2, Episode 18

Host(s): Dr. Larry Force, Andrew O’Grady, Elisa Gwilliam

Guest(s): Wendy Noe: CEO of Dove Recovery House for Women in Indianapolis, Indiana

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team is joined by Wendy Noe, CEO of Dove Recovery House for Women in Indianapolis, Indiana. Noe gives an overview of the holistic philosophy and services provided by Dove Recovery House and joins Dr. Force and Andrew O’Grady in discussing the importance of trauma-informed recovery care.

Topics Discussed

  • Wendy Noe’s journey to the recovery field
  • Overview of the services provided by Dove House
  • Holistic approaches to recovery
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Overview of INTERSECTIONS: A Program Without Boundaries
  • Making inpatient recovery care more accessible
  • Changing age demographics in the recovery community


Key Quote(s)

  • “As long as women are dying from addiction and other issues, I’m going to continue to get creative in serving them the best I can.” – Wendy Noe
  • “I love the fact that [at Dove Recovery House] treatment doesn’t start when you enter the brick and mortar, treatment starts when you onboard onto our waiting list and in order to maintain your place on our waiting list you have to be involved in individual and group therapy.” – Dr. Larry Force


INTERSECTIONS is an innovative, peer delivered, modular self-care program developed by the National Organization of Adult Addictions and Recovery (NOAAR) and Mental Health America of Dutchess County.

Addiction, chronic illness, and mental health are dimensions in our lives that isolate us. They isolate us from ourselves, from others, and from our spirit. INTERSECTIONS helps us connect and reconnect to reach our full potential.

INTERSECTIONS promotes the reduction of reoccurrence, improved maintenance of recovery plans, and success within family systems and the community.

Modules include:

  • Orientation
  • Meditation
  • Movement
  • Nutrition
  • Mindfulness
  • Personal Visions and Goals
  • Spirituality

INTERSECTIONS is based on a theoretical orientation called The Theory of Dimensionality and is rooted in a Practice-Based Intervention, Dimensional Solution Based Treatment (DSBT).

“We cannot fix you because you are not broken … everybody has stuff. We are all in Recovery from something.”

About MHA Dutchess County

Mental Health America of Dutchess County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure nobody gets left behind in our community due to lack of mental health services. Our staff and volunteers work day and night to:

  • Strengthen families
  • Overcome fear
  • Help people dealing with anxiety
  • Link individuals to the supports they need
  • Provide safe spaces to heal
  • Break down stigma
  • …and much, much more.