This retreat is designed to help you resolve your negative, pessimistic and self-destructive thought processes (commonly diagnosed as 'depression') by replacing them with more rational, present and positive thoughts. No more 'doom and gloom in the future' scenarios.
Three-quarters of a million patients were referred for psychological treatment for depression or anxiety last year. Half a million of these patients were women, between the ages of 20 and 50. Depression is twice as common among women as men. But are these women actually ‘depressed’ or is this ‘diagnosis’ more damaging than helpful? To fit the medical category of being depressed a patient has to suffer “a state of extreme dejection or excessive melancholy; a mood of hopelessness and feelings of inadequacy, often with physical symptoms, sadness, gloom, a loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities". Those symptoms would be enough to make anybody depressed! Surely a more accurate definition would be “a temporary loss of the ability to cope with the ups and downs of life in the present moment and to see life in its true perspective without loosing sight of perspective and reality”. Now that we can all sometimes identify with – and it certainly isn’t ‘depression’.
As we misinterpret our inability to cope with life’s bad days as being ‘depressed’ we gradually change our perception of what is ‘normal’. The temporary failure of our coping skills gets turned into a ‘condition’ from which we need rescuing or ‘treatment’. This further convinces us that we are suffering from some 'medical disorder'.
Perhaps your own GP, without the psychologists training in the complex and subtle emotional and aspects of this condition, and without the time in the pressured world of a busy practice, cannot get to grip with the causes of why you feel as you do, only the symptoms you are suffering. It is only the pressure to reduce the vast costs of medication that are increasingly forcing doctors to prescribe talking therapies and CBT as alternatives to medication.
The programmes we run at ‘Therapy Retreats’ return the handset of thinking back to the client. Running on ‘Automatic Pilot’ becomes a thing of the past. Our ‘Fast Therapy’ approach over a few days midweek or at a weekend, provides instant control over those negative thought patterns which may have become ingrained over many years and developed the unwanted status of a habit. We do not go in for the traditional approach of long, drawn out psychological archaeology as we are focused on what you are capable of tomorrow, not what you have been doing wrong in the past. Rapid cognitive change is expected and can be achieved by this intense process which achieves rapid and permanent results over traditional week on week counselling; a process which in many instances may actually worsen the condition being addressed. Perhaps it’s time to stop calling it ‘depression’ and treat most sufferers for what it really is. That is getting into a habit of faulty thinking and reprogramming the cognitive process. After all, with the right teacher, bad habits can be converted into good ones.
The Director of Therapy Retreats, David Keighley, will be leading this retreat personally. He has years of experience in successfully helping people to overcome their negative outlook on life and enable sufferers of 'depression' to start enjoying a life free from the disquiet of the past and the dread of the future.
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"IMPORTANT NOTE : Symptoms on the Depression-Anxiety continuum range from mild to extremely serious and life-threatening. It is important that clients seeking therapy for depression should obtain a medical assessment. This retreat offers therapy for a range of symptoms which have 'depressive' characteristics but the cause of which is faulty thinking processes which have habituated into a negative, pessimistic character. Severe clinical depression can be assisted with appropriate medication. Clients seeking psychological assistance for the condition should continue taking any prescribed medication under medical supervision until cleared to stop."
"I didn't know what to expect from a therapy retreat and doubted that my problems could be fixed in such a short space of time. David didn't spend time dwelling on the past and his matter-of-fact and sometimes humorous approach had me feeling different after just the first day. Since the retreat I have never felt better about myself. It was truly the best investment I have made in years. Thank you."
Sarah Tomlin, Hertfordshire
"I was sceptical about whether, after years of ineffective counselling,that David could really help. This was a totally different approach with very clear goals and concise instructions. I valued the clear manner in which it was delivered. It has given me a clear solution going forward and a new perspective. I couldn't recommend more highly. "
Julian, Nottingham. June 2017
"I can't think of any weaknesses. My issues targeted, never felt uncomfortable, very informative and easy to understand. No complaints. I would recommend this retreat. "
Derrick, London. March 2017
"David has helped clarify my issues. He is incisive and cuts straight to the point giving me the tools to dismantle my old habits. If you want pro-active help to make solid changes, this is the right place to come. "
Hannah, Cornwall. September 2017
"David, a belated opportunity to say thank you. My retreat helped me move on in my life in a way that I had not been able to before. I am in much better place. I can't thank you enough for helping to precipitate a real closure."
Carla, Hampshire. Updated from February 2017