What to Expect at a Mental Health Retreat
When you or a loved one is in the midst of a mental health challenge it may be frustrating when treatment hasn’t really helped. Daily life, with all its demands, can work against your desire to get to a calmer mental place. Rather than lose hope, why not take a break at a mental health retreat.
A mental health retreat surrounds you with kindness, care, and support. The retreat offers a unique chance to unwind, release stress, and work through mental health issues at a slower pace. These retreats are located in very pretty settings, which adds to their healing touch.
They provide just the right mix of evidence-based and holistic treatment to address all aspects of the person. Days at the retreat will involve various activities, groups, therapy sessions, and outdoor recreation.
A mental health retreat does not feel at all like how you might picture a mental health center. Instead, a mental health retreat will have a sense of quiet solace. The retreats are a safe place to work through emotional struggles and get to a peaceful state of mind.
Individualized Treatment Plans
Because mental health retreats are small, they are in a private home setting. This makes the ratio of client to therapist very good. This high level of personal care provides enhanced engagement between the client and the treatment team.
Also, the smaller-scale venue allows for the team to design a custom treatment plan. These are crafted for each client’s unique mental health needs and goals. The tailored treatment plan results from a thorough intake process. During this meeting a review of past mental health and health history, combined with screening tools offer the needed data. From this data the clinical staff will arrive at a diagnosis, and then design a treatment plan for the client.
Types of Evidence-Based Therapies
Mental health treatment uses therapy as the basis for bringing about relief and change. These therapies have been proven through trials and research to help improve mental wellbeing. Examples of therapies used at the mental health retreat include:
If meds will help reduce the symptoms they will be prescribed as part of the treatment plan.
Experiential Activities and Holistic Therapies
To enhance the effects of treatment, holistic therapies are added to the treatment plan. These can help the client learn how to reduce stress. Holistic treatments include:
Trains the mind to focus on the present moment while also doing breath-work. This helps to shift thoughts away from stressful topics and toward the senses.
Yoga involves slow moves or poses that involve stretching, mindful breathing, and meditation.
A massage helps release toxins stored in the body, and to relax muscles. This helps open up energy flow in the body.
Involves the use of tiny needles placed along the body’s “meridians,” which allows energy flow to be restored.
This uses art to express feelings that are difficult to convey in therapy.
Clients will begin to restore their health and wellness while at the retreat. This is done through a focus on healthy food choices and staying active while at the retreat.
A mental health retreat provides a thoughtful approach to treating mental health disorders. These programs nurture the mind, body, and spirit. Reach out to Mental Health Hope today at (877) 967-9274 to arrange for your stay at a mental health retreat.