GPs and Referrers

The Retreat has worked closely with GPs and the NHS for over 25 Years,  providing psychological therapies, diagnostic assessments and support for continuous professional development.


The Retreat has worked closely with GPs and the NHS for over 25 years, providing psychological therapies, diagnostic assessments and support for continuous professional development.

We are here for you

Here at The Retreat we work extensively with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) UK-wide. We use our knowledge and expertise of social and clinical conditions to deliver high quality, safe and consistent services to all, ensuring clients receive the care they need, in the right place and at the right time. This is a top priority for our partnerships. We have successfully provided the North Yorkshire Autism & ADHD diagnostic adult service for the last 5 years and the children’s and young people’s autism diagnostic service for Scarborough & Ryedale. We consistently receive great client feedback

  • ‘’such a fantastic service from start to finish’’
  • ‘’The staff made me feel like I was being listened to, great service’’
  • ‘’made us all feel comfortable and less anxious about the assessment, the process was smoother than I imagined and gave us the outcome we were hoping for’’

If you think we could help your practice then please contact us using the button below or email our Business Development Coordinator directly –

Individual agreements are in place with the following CCG’s and NHS organisations

North Yorkshire NHS Adult Autism and ADHD Assessment Services

Vale of York CCG (Link to referral Form)

NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG (Link to referral Form)

NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG (Link to referral Form)

NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG (Link to referral Form)

Primary Care Mental Health Support

Heartbeat Alliance – Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby (Link to information)

NHS children and young people’s Autism Assessment service

NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG (Link to referral Form)


The Retreat can offer mental health support within your PCN, Federation or CCG for more information please email

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We are passionate about sharing our expert mental health knowledge with ​General Practitioners and Allied Health Professions and therefore offer a wide range of CPD presentations.  These are delivered by our Clinicians and our Experts by Experience. 

Here is some feedback from previous events:

  • “I think you could tell that we were all really interested in Rose Anne and Kim’s talks. Rose Anne was an admirable young lady and really engaging. Hearing her story was one of my best professional encounters recently!”
  • “Extremely useful, patients do better if diagnosed and treated early / interesting useful insight”
  • “Engaging, and thought provoking. Would be interested to hear more topics from The Retreat”


If your practice would benefit from mental health educational training sessions please contact to discuss your requirements.  We can offer these services on-line too!

How To Access The Service

All therapies are accessed via our Initial Therapies Assessment. 

To refer yourself to our general therapies service, or just to talk to us about whether we can help, please call us on 01904 412551.


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Why choose The Retreat?




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Helping People…

We support people and help them recover, using a wide range of different therapies and assessments.

We also diagnose people with autism, ADHD, eating disorders and psychological trauma.

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 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Any one of us can experience something that we find traumatic. This could be something recent that has happened to us or it could be from our earlier years. Either way, around 30% of people who experience something traumatic go on to develop symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Traumatic events can vary widely, from road traffic or other accidents, involvement in military combat, near death experiences, or some form of abuse as a child or adult.

PTSD is a name given to a range of symptoms that someone may experience. Often, when we experience a situation that is traumatic, we may at first feel quite numb, but later experience symptoms such as:

  • Nightmares or frightening thoughts
  • Re-living the 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
  • Problems with concentration and memory.

These are all symptoms of PTSD and are usually very distressing to us.

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.

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.

What therapies do you offer?

We offer a range of individual and group therapies in line with NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance. All of our therapists are highly trained, experienced and committed to continued professional development. Many therapists have training in more than one therapy modality, and are therefore in the best position to offer tailored, individualised therapy to meet your needs, drawing from the most up to date, evidence-based interventions.

Our therapies are usually delivered face to face, in relaxing therapy rooms. However if you are unable to come to The Retreat for your appointments, whatever the reason, we may be able to offer you an appointment via video link, using a secure platform called VSEE. 

How do I access the service?

All therapies are accessed via our Initial Therapies Assessment. 

To refer yourself to our general therapies service, or just to talk to us about whether we can help, please call us on 01904 412551.

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.

Can I get involved in The Retreat?

We welcome representation from people who have finished their therapy or support within our services. There are a number of ways you can get involved, from joining us at information sharing events, helping us raise the profile of our services through the media, or consulting with us to help develop new service or recruit new staff. Please contact us for more information. 

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.

Heslington Rd, York, YO10 5BN

Call Us: 01904 412 551