Compassion, Collaboration, Community

Our therapy services are now open on Saturdays

Compassion, Collaboration, Community

Our therapy services are now open on Saturdays

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New Year, competitive new fee structure

This week sees the launch of our new fee structure for self funded therapy packages. We're delighted to say that the prices are as competitive as our clinicians are expert in their fields.

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Stephanie Petty - Clinial Lead, Autism and ADHD Service


Double doctorate success for Stephanie

The Retreat’s reputation for being at the cutting edge of modern mental health has been further strengthened with the announcement that clinical psychologist Stephanie Petty has been awarded her second doctorate.

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Amy's welcome return

Long standing team member Amy Bedingham has returned to The Retreat as Customer Relations Manager after a period of maternity leave.

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Therapy team strengthened

The Retreat York is delighted to welcome aboard Dr Elaine Richardson, who brings a wealth of experience our already talented therapies team.

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Bypassing the IAPT bottleneck

The Government’s ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) initiative hit the headlines again recently, with reports of thousands of patients being stuck on so-called ‘hidden’ waiting lists. How important is it to have alternatives for the people who need help quickly in order to regain control of their lives?

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Katja Osswald - Service Lead, Autism and ADHD Service


BLOG: The effect of gender on autism identification in children

Evidence is building which suggests girls could be just as likely to be on the Autism spectrum, as boys. Yet their symptoms may present differently. Dr Katja Osswald is Service Lead for The Retreat’s Autism and ADHD Service. Here she explores some of the evidence around this research.

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Saturday opening

Starting on 4th January 2020, clients will be able to access a range of general adult therapy services on a Saturday morning. The new extended opening times - from 9am-12pm are designed to provide new private patients with improved access at a time that suits today's busy lives. For more details contact 01904 412551.

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New clinical psychologist joins the Autism and ADHD team

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Amanda Donato


New administrator joins the team

The Retreat has further strengthened its children and young people’s autism service with the appointment of specialist administrator Amanda Donato. As a parent of a child with autism herself, Amanda fully understands the difficulties associated with accessing the right help and treatment – experience which she puts into practice when helping families access our services. She explained: “Child mental health service is close to my heart and something I am very passionate about. I have been through the service as a parent, which means I understand how hard, frustrating and also rewarding at times it can be. I can relate to the referral process from the point of view of parents who are anxious about what to expect. “Working in the children’s service is so rewarding - just to see a child or young person gain a little bit of confidence, makes it all worthwhile for me as an administrator.”

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Alana Gadsby


Group support gets thumbs up from people living with autism

A support group for people recently diagnosed with autism is receiving lots of positive feedback.

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Retreat features on award winning podcast

The Retreat’s role as the UK's oldest and most groundbreaking mental healthcare facility is the focus of this month’s award-winning podcast ’No Really, I’m Fine’. You can listen to it in full here:

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Atote Hameso - Assistant Psychologist


Service review highlights high client satisfaction

A review into the outcomes and experiences of clients at The Retreat, York, has highlighted positive responses to therapy and high satisfaction rates with the care received.

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World Mental Health Day

We're marking World Mental Health Day on 10 October by highlighting how one man turned his life around with help from The Retreat. Find out how James is successfully living with his ADHD and anxiety issues after seeking support from our clinical psychologists, here at The Retreat.

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Podcast coming soon

New podcast all about mental health coming soon from The Retreat.

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BBC 3 Moral Machinery

The Retreat has been featured on BBC Radio 3. Find out how you can listen to the programme.

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Featured in Yorkshire Life

To mark the run up to World Mental Health Day this month, The Retreat has teamed up with Yorkshire Life magazine to publish a feature in its October edition which highlights issues surrounding mental health. Find out how James coped with his anxiety issues and managed to keep his job. And how virtual consultations really helped him too.

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The Retreat unveils ambitious strategy for the future

Ambitious plans for the next stage of its evolution have been set out by The Retreat in its new strategy, launched this week.

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New 'virtual consultation' service launched

New technology here at The Retreat York is helping people with mental health problems get their lives back on track. A fully encrypted and secure ‘Virtual Consultation’ system is linking staff with the people in the community to provide therapy by video link within a purpose-built room.

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Back to school

Did you know children and young people with autism are more likely to develop mental health problems?

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New clinical psychologist joins the team

The Retreat’s newest member of staff is Dr Richard Dearden who joins our Autism Service for Children and Young People as a Clinical Psychologist.

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Autism Assessment service for children and young people

A specialist mental health care provider is set to take on autism assessments for children and young people in Scarborough and Ryedale.

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All set for the Autism Show 2019

A team from The Retreat will be showcasing our Autism and ADHD services at the 2019 Autism Show in Manchester on 28 and 29 June

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Research project


Important research project seeks volunteers

We’re looking for adults to take part in a piece of research in collaboration with the University of York.

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Children's services


New Children’s and Young People’s service for Autism and ADHD launches

Help is now available for children and young people who are seeking support for Autism or ADHD, thanks to the launch of a brand-new service at The Retreat.

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Digital Technology


The Retreat uses digital technology to tackle mental health

Using technology for virtual consultations and therapy is vital for today’s mental health service, says Clinical Psychologist Dr Katja Osswald, Autism and ADHD lead at The Retreat.

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Autism Show


York Autism Awareness event huge success

There was a great turn out at the Autism Awareness event in York in April, which is being hailed as a great success.

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