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The Retreat York opens new extension to talking therapies centre

The Retreat celebrated the official opening of a £230,000 extension and redevelopment of The Tuke Centre, on Wednesday 22 September.  The Centre provides counselling, psychotherapy and specialist services for trauma, personality disorder and eating disorders.

The Retreat is a specialist not-for-profit mental health provider, working with the NHS to provide care for people with complex and challenging needs.

The extension was opened by BBC Radio York presenter Jonathan Cowap, accompanied by The Retreat’s Chairman Stuart Humby, and the Head of Psychological Therapies Chris Powell (see picture).  

Health professionals and charity bosses joined staff prior to the ceremony to hear about the help the centre provides for people in York and the surrounding area.  After Jonathan cut the ribbon guests were invited to look round the centre.

Chris Powell said “Over 30 therapists provide a one-stop solution to over 700 people a year.  This extension will allow us to help an extra 347 people a year, in a building that still feels homely and safe”.

The Tuke Centre was built in the 1920s originally as a private house for staff at The Retreat and opened as a talking therapy centre in 1990.  Since then the service has grown and more space was required.