Mental Health Blogs & News from The Retreat Clinics across York, Manchester & online

How to care for someone following the loss of a child

The loss of a child profoundly impacts the lives of parents and their loved ones.  When someone you care about has lost a child, it can be hard to know how best to support them. Each person’s grief experience is unique, and finding the right words can be hard.  Often, we worry about saying the […]
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Strengthening Relationships: Unlocking the Power of Couple Therapy

In today’s fast-paced world, maintaining a healthy and fulfilling relationship can be a challenge. The ups and downs of life, communication gaps, unresolved conflicts, and emotional distance can strain even the strongest bonds. However, there is a powerful solution available: couple therapy. In this blog, we explore the problems couple therapy addresses, the benefits it […]
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The Menopause. A normal part of life, but one which can feel like a seemingly never-ending ordeal.

Hot flushes and night sweats are two of the most common physical symptom of the menopause. Duvet on, duvet off, duvet on, duvet off is a common night-time experience for many. There may be times when you dress warmly to face the cold outside, then find your internal heating system goes into overdrive and you […]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be misunderstood, it’s not always about been extremely clean or organized, there’s so much more to the disorder. Standing at the top of the stairs with tears streaming down my face and just wanting the cycle to stop, my body and mind were exhausted. When eventually in bed, my palms would […]
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How to Comfort Children Experiencing Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is a form of anxiety difficulties that occurs when a child is separated from their parents or those close to them, resulting in feelings of distress and panic. It can be helpful for parents to be aware of the signs of separation anxiety in childhood, know how to recognise the symptoms, and learn […]
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Maternal Mental Health: Breaking the Taboo and Seeking Help

Around 20% of women will encounter a mental health issue of some kind either during pregnancy or following childbirth. Although ‘postnatal depression’ is a widely recognised phenomenon, anxiety in the postnatal period is also very common. Experience of pregnancy loss, a traumatic experience of giving birth, or a baby with health problems can increase the […]
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Safety and Health at Work Day

For this year’s world day for Safety and Health at Work, The Retreat clinics are focusing on one of the biggest concerns for safety and health at work We all have to deal with stress, whether daily issues or a significant event that causes undue pressure. When consistently dealing with stress on a daily basis […]
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The Science of Stress.

How stress impacts our body, and 9 strategies to reduce stress. Stress is an unavoidable part of our everyday lives. While some amount of stress can be helpful, excessive and long-term exposure can damage our physical and mental health. In this blog post, we will explore the various ways stress impacts our body and some […]
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Occupational Therapist Guy shares what neurodiversity means to him

“I view neurodiversity as being part of the variety of what it means to be human. I specifically use the word variety because I don’t think “difference” feels quite right, it could be interpreted as having a negative connotation. Whereas, I have always viewed variety as being a positive and good thing. Variety means lots […]
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Escape Routes & The Importance Of Being In Control

By Ronnie Pinder, Coach & Peer Mentor at The Retreat Clinics  There is a strategy that can help many autistic people and that is always planning your escape routes in advance and therefore making you feel in more control of a situation that may otherwise cause anxiety. Escape routes can be literal but they don’t […]
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Private Appointments: Specialist Assessment For Autism And Therapy For Neurodivergent Children and Young People

Diagnostic Assessments: We are now accepting private referrals for formal autism diagnostic assessments for children and young people. We appreciate waiting lists can be long and how difficult it can be to wait for diagnostic assessments. Our experienced team can help – we follow NICE guidelines to provide our assessment service and offer a multidisciplinary […]
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First day of Spring

Today marks the first day of Spring! This means warmer weather, more daylight and flourishing plants. Many individuals may feel low from the winter with a lack of vitamin D from the sun and the winter blues. Spring cleaning is on the cards this month for many, it dates back to the ancient Jewish custom […]
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Mother's Day

Sunday 19th March, we express our gratitude and love for our mother and motherly figures today. We normally find ourselves buying flowers or self-care gifts to suggest today is a day for relaxation. The love of a mother for their child is unconditional, we are nurtured by our mothers as an expression of this unconditional […]
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Sandtray Therapy

The natural way for young children to communicate about their thoughts and feelings is through play. Children’s brains are different to the those of an adult. As adults our cortex is more fully developed. For young children their cortex is still developing, and they don’t have the same capacity to find words for feelings. The […]
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Student Mental Health Awareness day

Over the last couple of years, the decline in student mental health has increased. There is a revolving door of research surrounding student mental health however this does not seem to slow down the rise in the decline in student mental health. Burnout amongst students is on the rise as we are currently facing a […]
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EDI in the workplace LGBT+ history month

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are significant positive factors in a healthy workplace culture,  they are embedded within many companies’ values. We all want to feel a sense of belonging amongst our co-workers and to feel safe at work whilst being our authentic selves. The LGBT+ community has worked tirelessly throughout the last century to […]
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To be Scene By the Highland feminist

To be a lesbian is to be marked out as different. From as young as five years old, I knew that I liked girls. I liked their company, I liked kissing them, I felt happy and connected in their spaces. But I also grew up in a rural area, so although I felt a great […]
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LGBT+ History Month - Young People and Mental Health

February marks LGBT+ history month, and whilst this is a celebratory month that delves into the historical advancement of the LGBT+ community, a sizeable amount of the community’s history is the discrimination members have faced. Research suggests children and young people who identify as LGBT+ have a higher risk of developing a mental health condition. […]
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Workshops

A workshop for young people to manage exam stress – 20th April 2023 4:00pm Managing the pressure of exams can be hard, and understandably can leave to feelings of anxiety and worry. Join one of our experienced therapists in this free one-hour workshop to learn about anxiety. The content will discuss ways to improve anxious thoughts, […]
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Ways To Connect With Your Teenager

Staying connected with your teen can look very different to connecting with a younger child – they have more independence and autonomy and are often experimenting with their sense of self. As you may be aware, the connection we have with our teenage children can be just as important as the connections we have when […]
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Referral Partners Open Day 3rd March 20223

We invite you to visit our newly refurbished therapy clinic to meet with staff and to hear about the specialist psychological therapies we offer. The Retreat Clinics in Manchester offers psychological interventions for adults, families and young people. As part of our open day, we will also be holding a free 45 minute ‘managing stress […]
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Blue Monday- The January Blues

  This year Blue Monday falls on 16th January. While the origin of this day comes from a travel agency’s PR stunt, it is true there is an increased number of individuals feeling low during January which has led to the phrase The January Blues. The most common causes for this period of low mood […]
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Christmas, Students & Deadlines

While many of us are getting ready to celebrate the festive season, most university students are currently travelling home. For some of the students this will be the first time celebrating the festive period whilst studying. Many students have been working tirelessly up until this week to meet their deadlines and revise for their exams. […]
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Loneliness and Grief at Christmas

Christmas isn’t like it looks on TV!  Every advert shows a perfect family, a happy holiday and a wonderful time with friends and loved ones. With all the ‘perfect’ images, feeling lonely can be particularly difficult at Christmas.  We might be missing someone through bereavement, estrangement, divorce, or simply the high cost of the transport […]
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