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Do you have a relationship that has gone poorly for years? Would you like it to improve, recover, heal, and/or reconcile?
Long histories of troubled relationships which people hope “will someday improve” might require specialized treatment services that intensively address all sides of the problem (and the solution). A reconciliation retreat package, which emphasizes solutions, is one way you address “old injuries”.
Reconciliation retreats are developed with the idea of spending hours together over a few days time—in a neutral environment—so that the real work of therapy can occur from start to finish. To break up the sometimes hard work of counseling — “retreat time” includes indoor and/or outdoor activities that are relaxing, fun, and luxurious. What determines “relaxing, fun and luxurious?” You do—by simply telling us what it is that you want/need/desire in a mental health retreat.
Do you like the resort environment (Florida has some of the best)? Camping and hiking (roughing it can be cool too)? Pampered or weathered? Winter? Summer? Fall? Do you need/want/desire a weekend or a full week?
The retreats are costly, they are not covered by health insurance and they require preplanning. Sometimes multiple professionals are enlisted—and the customized nature of the retreat determines it’s costs.
People who elect to investigate reconciliation retreats will participate in several universal treatment aspects from the mental health perspective. First, to clinically assess whether or not a damaged relationship can benefit (meaning, to see if “reconciliation” is feasible) individual sessions (involving all parties who are affected) occur in the office before the retreats are scheduled. If a determination is made that a relationship can progress, the second phase of the retreat planning begins. During the second phase your input about hobbies, interests, and likes are built into a two, three or five day retreat. The third step is both the “hardest part” and “the best part” - we begin the retreat (at the agreed upon and chosen locations and times). The therapist works with you and your loved one(s) in various intensive sessions addressing the historical and current problems of the relationship. The final stage consists of a follow-up session where relationship outcomes are considered and future goals are established.
Reconciliation/Mental Health retreats generally consist of:
1) A full in-take of family history for each person, who hopes to work toward reconciliation;
2) Three one hour sessions in the office, by phone, or online (and these can be combined), to review reported aspects of the problem;
3) A determination of whether or not reconciliation is possible, realistic, and/or clinically recommended (at this time, or at all);
4) The selection of the number of days for the retreat and a location for the retreat;
5) A selection of enjoyable and therapeutic activities that are intermixed with joint therapy sessions throughout the retreat. Activities are developed with you - and might include options like resort accommodations or outdoor camping, fine dining and/or outdoor cooking, pool or ocean swimming, hiking or jogging, spa use, etc. etc. The activities are chosen according to preference and availability in the state of Florida.
6) A follow-up session in office, by phone, or via webcam.
Things to Consider:
Reconciliation retreats are excellent for those who have both the time and the resources. The clinical work is intense, and so is the relaxation time. Reconciliation retreats are costly. Not all retreat requests can be fulfilled due to circumstances that might become obvious in the course of intake and planning. Every phase of the retreat process costs money—and in some cases money and time will be spent only to learn that reconciliation is not feasible (individual retreats are still an option).
Fees will not all apply to the mental health provider as other parties must be included for a successful retreat program (clinical services remain confidential, as required by law, however). In some cases, a travel agency may be employed to arrange the requested services. Some services that are included in reconciliation retreats are provided by other licensed professionals who are experts in non-mental health disciplines (travel agencies, massage therapy, Life Coaches, Personal Trainers, Nutritionist, etc. etc.). Non-licensed services can be seasonally offered and they are provided by other third parties (for example food services, jet skis, bicycles, scooters, horse drawn carriages, boating, theme parks, theatre, horseback riding, bungee jumping, etc. etc.). Sleeping accommodations are arranged with hospitality companies (resorts, hotels, spas, campgrounds, etc. etc.). There are inherent risks in undertaking non-mental health activities such as those listed above—a release of liability will be required before the retreat is scheduled and confirmed.
Even though Mental Health/Reconciliation Retreats are designed based upon your interests, requests, and likes all services are provided without any guarantee for success (sometimes the outcomes are excellent—and sometimes they are not). Intake sessions will generally include a request that you see a physician and get a physician’s clearance prior to participating in retreats due to some of physical aspects involved with a retreat program.
Costs vary depending upon the number of days and what activities are found to meet your interests. Prices do not include your travel from home city to retreat destination (or return).
Retreat intake & assessments require a $1,200 non refundable deposit to cover initial sessions, intake, and evaluation of reconciliation success/feasibility. Once the final determination of retreat success is made, or ruled out, as an effective option, additional plans will be coordinated—as appropriate.
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