What to Expect at a Mental Health Retreat
When someone is in the midst of a mental health challenge they may become frustrated when treatments haven’t proven effective in alleviating symptoms. The commotion of daily life, with its distractions and demands, can work against one’s efforts to get to a calmer emotional place. Rather than lose hope in a better tomorrow, taking a break at a mental health retreat may be just the answer.
A mental health retreat surrounds the individual with compassionate care and support, offering a unique opportunity to unwind, release stress, and work through emotional issues at a leisurely pace. These retreats are typically located in beautiful settings and provide just the right mix of traditional and holistic therapies to address all aspects of the person, including mind, body, and spirit. Days at the retreat will be punctuated with various therapeutic activities, groups, individual therapy sessions, and recreation.
A mental health retreat does not feel at all like the preconceived notion of a mental health center, one that evokes a cold, institutional atmosphere. On the contrary, a mental health retreat is permeated with a sense of quiet solace; it is a place where one can work on emotional struggles in a soothing, supportive environment.
Individualized Treatment Plans
Because mental health retreats are typically housed in an intimate, private home setting, the ratio of client to therapist is exceptional. This high level of personal attention provides enhanced engagement between the client and the treatment team. Additionally, the smaller scale venue allows for highly customized treatment plans, crafted according to each client’s unique mental health needs and recovery goals.
The individualized treatment plan results from a thorough intake interview, the review of past mental health or dual diagnosis history and medical history, and the results of various screening tools or diagnostic assessments the clinician might access. From this data the clinical staff will arrive at a diagnosis and then design a customized treatment protocol for that specific client.
Types of Evidence-Based Therapies
The cornerstone of mental health treatment continues to include a combination of medication and evidence-based therapies. These are the traditional therapies that have been statistically proven through clinical trials and research to be effective in improving psychological wellbeing. Examples of evidence-based therapies used at the mental health retreat include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Interpersonal Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy:
- Exposure Therapy
Medications will be determined according to the specific diagnosis and may include antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication, mood stabilizers, or anti-psychotic drugs.
Experiential Activities and Holistic Therapies
To augment the effects of evidence-based therapies, the use of holistic therapies is integrated into the overall treatment milieu. These types of activities have the potential to help clients achieve new insights that can lead to therapeutic breakthroughs in treatment. These activities are also beneficial in reducing stress and enhancing the relaxation process. The activities include:
- Mindfulness training. Pertains to the purposeful focus on the present moment while also concentrating on breathing.
- Yoga. Generally yoga involves slow, purposeful moves or poses that involve stretching, mindful breathing, and meditation.
- Massage therapy. Deep relaxation massage helps release toxins stored in the body, relaxing muscles, and opening up energy flow in the body.
- Acupuncture. Involves the use of tiny needles strategically placed along the body’s “meridians,” promoting relaxation while allowing energy flow to be restored.
- Art therapy. Using artistic expression to help communicate inner emotions or experiences that are difficult to articulate in therapy.
- Nutrition and exercise. An emphasis on restoring health and strength to the body is accomplished through a focus on healthy food choices and getting regular exercise.
A mental health retreat provides a comprehensive approach to treating mental health disorders while nurturing mind, body, and spiritual wellness. Reach out to Mental Health Hope today at (877) 967-9274 to arrange for your stay at a mental health retreat.