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With over 200 years of history, we have many services, and can help in many ways.
The Retreat opened in York over 200 years ago. Our aim is to help people get their lives back on track
Our skilled counsellors, psychologists and therapists will listen to you in a non-judgemental way in a private, confidential setting.
We offer many bespoke services to businesses. Find out how we can help your organisation.
How Can We Help?
The Retreat provides high quality, sustainable, renowned mental health services, including Autism and ADHD, stress, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders.
Latest News From The Retreat
Expert by Experience Rose Anne Evans explains how, as an autistic person, it’s a real challenge to keep up with all the changes and guidelines at the moment.
Ronnie Pinder, our Expert by Experience at The Retreat, describes how he’s dealing with waves of panic attacks and other problems, brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a special blog for World Autism Awareness Week, Dr Katja Osswald from The Retreat, explains how recent changes present additional problems for autistic people and their loved ones.
You Can Talk To Us
At The Retreat, we are dedicated to helping people improve their mental health and wellbeing. We have over 200 years of experience in dealing with mental health. Our mission is to help people find hope, and courage. We make a difference to every patient, helping them overcome difficulties.
Contact us on 01904 412 551
What is couple therapy?
Couple relationships impact our wellbeing, our children’s mental health and development and how we engage with others in our community. Couple therapy can cover many common problems and may involve talking openly about subjects such as sexuality. People in one-on-one sessions may focus on exploring their sexuality, relationships, marriage and other aspects that can be helped using relationship therapy. They may also discuss concerns related to intimacy with a partner or sexual thoughts that cause distress.
What is CBT?
There are many types of therapy, CBT being one of them. CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment. It uses a practical approach to problem-solving and takes a hands-on approach. Its aim is to change patterns of thinking or behaviour that are behind people’s difficulties. Eventually changing the way they feel.
Which conditions can therapy be used to treat?
Our skilled counsellors, psychologists and therapists will listen to you in a non-judgemental way in a private, confidential setting. They can help you with your current difficulties, past experiences or anxieties about your future with the aim of helping you improve the quality of your life and relationships. You may be anxious, depressed, have a low mood or even have suicidal thoughts. These can all be helped by therapy. Your mental health can be dramatically improved by psychotherapy and counselling.
What is EMDR?
EMDR or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy in which the person being treated is asked to recall distressing images. The therapist then directs the patient in a type of bilateral sensory input, such as side-to-side eye movements or hand tapping. This therapy can be done online or in person with one of our highly trained therapists. EMDR is commonly used to treat PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and effects of trauma. EMDR has also been found to help with other disorders such as anxiety disorders, depression, phobias, and panic disorder
What is group therapy?
Group therapy is a longer term therapy, providing a safe space so that people can talk about their difficulties. This increases self-understanding and improves relationships with others. Being able to express difficult thoughts and feelings makes them feel less overwhelming and in time, more manageable. It can help when you feel depressed or anxious, or lack self-confidence.
What is PTSD or trauma?
PTSD (or post-traumatic stress disorder) is a name given to a range of symptoms that someone may experience. Often, when we experience a situation that is traumatic. There are many symptoms including nightmares or frightening thoughts. Re-living a traumatic event, often termed ‘flashbacks’. Avoidance of reminders of the event and of talking about it. Irritability or outbursts of anger, hyper vigilance and alertness to possible danger. Panic attack and problems with concentration and memory. We have a dedicated team to help people who are experiencing symptoms trauma or stress. Depending on your needs, we will recommend the best way to get the support you need.
WHAT IS ONLINE/VIDEO THERAPY?
Our online therapy service allows us to offer help and support to people not able to access our York-based service face-to-face. Online therapy is a developing area for counselling and psychotherapy, and is also known as webcam counselling, e-therapy, web therapy, internet therapy and distance therapy. This service allows you all the benefits of face-to-face sessions with a therapist, via your personal computer and from the comfort of your home.
Our skilled counsellors, psychologists and therapists will listen to you in a non-judgmental way in a private, confidential setting. They can help you with your current difficulties, past experiences or anxieties about your future with the aim of helping you improve the quality of your life and relationships.
WHAT IS AUTISM?
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.
Some people with autism can live relatively independent lives, but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support.
Is the service confidential?
All our services are confidential, and our therapists and clinicians follow professional codes of conduct which include principles around confidentiality. This means we will not disclose information about you to a third party without your consent, unless we had significant concern for either your safety or the safety of someone else. We would make every attempt to discuss this with you if the situation arose.
WHAT IS ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include:
Inattentiveness – most people with ADHD will have a short attention span and may be easily distracted.
Hyperactivity – there is likely to be some restlessness, fidgeting or overactivity. This can also lead to difficulties in sleeping and increased anxiety.
Impulsiveness – people with ADHD may do things without thought for the consequences, without very much reflection and without having a plan.
Some adults will have ADHD without it being diagnosed at a younger age. Those who are diagnosed at a young age are likely to continue to experience problems, though the symptoms might reduce.
Get in Touch. Talk to us.
If you need to speak to us, we are here to help. Our team of qualified therapists are at your service in person, or via a video call.