Personal Therapeutic Retreats
With Carrie Ann Carr
What is the process to schedule a personal therapeutic retreat?
To begin your personal therapeutic retreat you will complete an intake packet and treatment contract that outlines the expectations of both participants and retreat clinicians. A thirty (30) minute phone or video conference will be established to learn more about interested participant's current symptoms, level of mental health care, and expectations for the retreat. If the person is found to be a viable candidate for this venue of care, he or she will be sent a Paypal invoice for the services agreed upon.
Are the retreats covered by third party insurance?
Unfortunately, insurance companies will not cover intensive therapy of this kind. Therefore, fees will need to be covered by participants independently. We can arrange payment plans if necessary.
Where are the retreats held?
Retreats are tailor designed and scheduled per participant. Therefore, retreats can be scheduled for one (1) day up to three (3) days sequentially. A typical day will include four (4) hours of individual therapy with a licensed mental health practitioner with another one to two (1-2) hours of ancillary services as chosen by the participant to achieve the highest level of therapeutic outcome. Retreats are held at the Hope Enrichment Center offices in either Palos Heights, IL (Chicago,IL area) or Southaven, MS (Memphis, TN area). Ancillary services included in the retreat (e.g, massage, acupuncture, yoga, etc.) may be received at the service provider's facilities in the surrounding area.
Retreat Fee Schedule
1 Day = $995.00
2 Day = $1795.00
3 Day = $2495.00
What is a personal therapeutic retreat?
A personal therapeutic retreat is an investment of larger blocks of time to focus on overcoming persistent obstacles that interrupt your growth towards a happier and more fulfilled life. Personal retreats can also be a time for reflection and an opportunity to reconnect with one's internal purpose and passion. Your clinician can collaborate with you to determining what may be the most fruitful path for you to take during your retreat.
What does a typical day entail?
Participants will receive four (4) hours of intensive, individual clinical counseling divided up into two (2) session during each day; one in the morning and one in the late afternoon. In between counseling sessions, participants will have an opportunity to rest or engage in another ancillary service that has been agreed upon in advance that could further the work accomplished during individual therapy. This may be acupuncture/acupressure, massage, yoga, meditation/mindfulness, art/expressive therapy, equine therapy (Southaven, MS location only), neurofeedback, etc. Participants will be asked to perform reflective writing assignments in between meetings with their clinician to extend the impact of their therapy as well as provide insight into future areas of therapeutic intervention.
All retreats are completed with a ongoing care collaboration meeting to determine what the participant may want to continue to work on with their primary therapist when they return home, suggestions for further support and information to carry on the work performed during the retreat. This meeting may include other members of the participant's care team and/or support system.
Why choose a personal therapeutic retreat?
- Investing in effective and efficient therapy can yield a net financial gain by reducing overall medical expenditures (e.g., mental health, substance abuse, physical ailments) and reduced personal costs related to underachievement, unemployment, and family disruption.
- High potential of reducing the amount of time a person will have to experience the impact of their symptoms and anxious mindset.
- May increase treatment efficiency by reducing the amount of time a person will have to spend in traditional outpatient psychotherapy.
- Could reduce the risk of treatment-related destabilization.
- An intensive treatment format roughly halves treatment time, because of time not spent on a) checking in at the beginning of each session, b) addressing current crises and concerns, c) focusing on stabilizing and coping skills that the client won’t need after trauma healing, or d) assisting the client in regaining composure at the end of the session (Greenwald, 2013).