Individual Therapy at The Retreat

It can feel confusing when setting out to begin therapy. It’s normal for all of us to feel worried, sad, upset, or have difficult emotions from time-to-time. For most people though, these feelings are only temporary and are resolved without causing any long-term problems. However, for some people, these negative feelings can become worse over time and lead to a mental health problem.

Our experienced counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists at The Retreat York can help find the right therapy for you. There are many different types of counselling and psychotherapy to choose from. Our aim is to use the type of counselling or psychotherapy that is most appropriate to each individual client, based on the client’s needs at the time.

This page explains a little about the various individual therapies we can offer. Further information can be found by following the links in the short descriptions provided.

If you are unsure whether you need therapy within our general adults service or our Neuro-diversity service, please see some information here. We would be very happy to discuss your situation and needs with you.


Adult Therapy & Psychological Services Referral Form

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Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)

Cognitive Analytic Therapy

CAT is a relationship-based therapy. CAT is considered to be a focussed and dynamic therapy, with particular emphasis on relationship patterns that have unintentionally come to be unhelpful or stuck. If you would like to know more about CAT or what to expect from your therapy at The Retreat then click on this link.

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy

DIT is a simple short term (16 sessions) individual therapy protocol for mood disorder, rooted in psychodynamic psychotherapy. It can be an alternative to CAT. The Retreat offers both.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is based on the theory that thoughts, feelings, our behaviour and how our body feels are all connected. If we better understand these, or make meaningful changes to one of these, we can alter the others to improve our holistic wellbeing. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT in the treatment of anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, as well as other mood disorders. CBT can be helpful in treating many other conditions, including fatigue and pain, sleep difficulties and anger.

If you would like to know more about CBT and what to expect from your CBT at The Retreat then follow this link.

Compassion Focused Therapy

CFT is based on theories about what it means to be a human being and the suffering that goes hand in hand with being human. Tendencies to criticise ourselves and shame ourselves in particular can be addressed by CFT. It aims to help us to understand the source of these emotions and develop our capacity to be compassionate and kind to ourselves. There is an emphasis on reflection and practice outside of therapy sessions. Therapy sessions will involve understanding and experiencing emotions and de-shaming emotional responses.

If you woud like more information about CFT or what to expect at The Retreat then please click here or visit the Compassionate Mind Foundation website for further details about the therapy.


Counselling is a generic terms for a wide range of therapeutic approaches. It can help you to feel listened to and understood, finding words where words were absent before and sharing your feelings to help you understand your problems and empower you to make healthy decisions. It can be brief or long term, and will be negotiated with you dependent on your difficulties and preferences.

Further links

Please visit the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) or UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) websites for further information

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is an effective form of treatment for, in particular, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

A key element of EMDR therapy is “dual stimulation”. This is where the therapist will use tones, taps or lights, asking you to move your eyes in response. You attend momentarily to memories, present triggers, or anticipated future experiences while you simultaneously focus on the tones, taps or lights.

For more information about EMDR or to find out what to expect at The Retreat then please follow this link.

Further links

Please visit the EMDR UK & Ireland website for further information

Integrative Therapy

Integrative therapy draws upon different and complementary therapeutic approaches with shared underlying philosophies. Therapy is tailored to you and your presenting difficulties. Integrative therapy is based on the concept that a skilled understanding of psychological therapy across a range of models means that therapy can be flexibly tailored to each person. At The Retreat, we will always think with you about your expectations and preferences and tailor your therapy to you.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a talking therapy based on theories of emotion and our sense of self. The emphasis is on noticing and bringing into awareness emotional and relational processes, which are often deep-seated and steer us across all areas of our life. We understand that our early experiences of having needs, being in distress, being understood and being comforted influence how we are in the here and now.

If you want to know more about psychodynamic psychotherapy and what to expect at The Retreat then please follow this link.

 “If you require any of our information in your spoken language please telephone 01904 412 551 or email and this can be arranged”

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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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