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 service to help children through Covid-19

A new self-referral initiative to support children who are struggling with a range of COVID-related problems has been launched at The Retreat

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Podcasts shine a light on Retreat team expertise

In recent weeks some of our clinicians and therapists have been taking to the airwaves   on Jorvick Radio, discussing subjects ranging from relationships and grief to loss and kindness. We've now turned them into podcasts so you can catch up in your own time here:

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We're recruiting!

We're seeking a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join our Children and Young People's service

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How Eleanor is using her experience to help others

Eleanor Glanvill tells us why she is determined to help others with OCD, following her own experience with the disorder.

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Top tips for fathers' mental health day

Top tips to help fathers with their mental health

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Men's mental health

As we look forward to Father’s Day this weekend, Matt Dawkin, psychotherapist at The Retreat examines the impact of the current pandemic on men’s mental health and outlines some top tips you can do to help

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Social Communication and Children on the Autism Spectrum

Charlotte Morris-Clarke, Speech and Language Therapist at The Retreat, outlines the challenges of communicating and socialising with others for children who are on the autism spectrum. And she offers some ways to support children with social communication.

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Supporting #BlackLivesMatter

Statement from The Retreat to support #BlackLivesMatter

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New service launched to help children and young people tackle problems which may have been brought on by COVID-19 pandemic

A new self-referral initiative to support children, as young as four-years-old, who are struggling a range of problems, is being launched in York.

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Supporting York Pride

We're supporting York Pride. Find out how we can help you improve the quality of your life and your relationships.

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Crocheting her way to better mental health

One woman tells how kindness shown by others can boost our mental health, even when times seem unbearable.

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Little acts of kindness go a long way

Giving is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, says Rose Anne Evans, Expert by Experience at The Retreat. In her latest blog for Mental Health Awareness Week, she explains how little acts of kindness go a long way and sets out some of the small things we could do to help others, whilst also being kind to ourselves.

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#YorCareSpace project launched in York

Brand new mental health and wellbeing project for York primary care staff launched during Mental Health Awareness Week

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How being kind to others starts with being kind to yourself

Guy Richardson, Occupational Therapist and Deputy Service Lead for Autism and ADHD at The Retreat, explains how being kind to others is good for your mental health and how you can start with being kind to yourself.

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Layla Mottahedin Fardo - Clinical Psychologist


Mental Health Awareness Week: Exploring the long term effects of Covid-19

During Mental Health Awareness Week Dr Layla Mottahedin Fardo, Clinical psychologist at The Retreat, says it’s unclear what the long-term effects of Covid-19 may be on our emotional wellbeing, but it’s vital that mental health is top of everyone’s agenda. She explains how supporting the psychological wellbeing of the public will need a multi-layered approach.

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How self-isolation can be overwhelming

How Emma, who has been in self-isolation with her vulnerable husband, is appreciating feelings of anxiety for the first time.

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Free mental health support sessions for people in Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby area

People who are registered with a GP in Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby areas can access free mental health support sessions without having to see their GP first, thanks to a new service launched by The Retreat and the Heartbeat Alliance.

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How I'm managing to keep my routine amidst all these changes

Expert by Experience Rose Anne Evans explains how, as an autistic person, it's a real challenge to keep up with all the changes and guidelines at the moment.

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How Ronnie is coping with the extra anxiety of 'lockdown'

Ronnie Pinder, our Expert by Experience at The Retreat, describes how he's dealing with waves of panic attacks and other problems, brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dr Katja Osswald explains how life changes can be particularly unsettling for autistic people

In a special blog for World Autism Awareness Week, Dr Katja Osswald from The Retreat, explains how recent changes present additional problems for autistic people and their loved ones.

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Here at The Retreat we are following national advice and guidance and have ceased all face-to-face appointments. Please be reassured that you can speak to us by telephone and also see and speak to us online via video link. Many people are taking advantage of our video consultations and we would urge you to enquire about this.

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Video Consultations available to help restrict spread of Coronavirus

Worried about attending appointments? The Retreat’s video consultations are helping people with mental health problems from the comfort of their own home.

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University Awareness Day 2020

Giving out hot drinks to mark University Awareness Day 2020 at The Retreat

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Jorvik Radio hosts special Eating Disorders Awareness Week show

This week Jorvik Radio invited us on for a special show for Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2020.

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Dan Round - CBT Therapist


Dan round talks about Eating Disorders

Eating disorders result in the highest mortality than any other mental health diagnoses. As part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Senior Psychotherapist Dan Round from The Retreat, explains how he helps people start their journey of recovery and healing, as well as how his Ohashiatsu (a form of Shiatsu) training is helping him do this.

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Help us to help BEAT Eating Disorders

We're raising money as well as awareness during Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Please help us support the fantastic work done by the charity 'BEAT Eating Disorders' by heading over to our Just Giving page.

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

As part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we asked psychotherapist and eating disorders specialist Dan Round to talk about the therapy process that has helped scores of people tackle their food issues and take back control of their lives. Check out what Dan has to say on our Facebook page at

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New life for Charles Court, Strensall

We're about to give a former inpatient adult mental health facility in Strensall a new lease of life by relocating our Children and Young People’s Autism Assessment and Diagnostic Service to the site.

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Jane takes up the operational reins

The Retreat has taken another important step on its development journey with the appointment of experienced transformation leader Jane Cameron as its new Operations Manager.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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