Individual Therapy with the Psychiatrist

Individual therapy is a collaborative process between the doctor and the patient that works to address the specific problems and concerns of the individual, as well as to improve their quality of life. Individual therapy sessions at The Retreat take place at least three times a week. Our doctors and clinicians use this time to focus on problems and concerns specific to the individual patient, and then to help determine the proper course of therapy.

During individual therapy sessions, residents meet with their primary therapist, a psychiatrist with both biomedical and psychodynamic psychotherapy experience. These experienced psychiatrists lead each treatment team and are intimately involved in the care of each patient.

During individual therapy sessions, evaluation of the patient, medication management, history-taking, and coordination of care all take place. Most importantly, this is the time for patients to explore and elaborate on the reasons for their admission to The Retreat, as well as to obtain help in understanding how they came to be here and how they can change going forward to improve their lives. Depending on an individual’s needs, various treatment modalities and therapeutic points of view are used to achieve the maximum benefit for each patient.


Other Types of Individual Therapy Sessions

Patients also meet with other members of the treatment team, as well as consultants, on a regular basis.

Family Therapy

Family therapy or couples therapy is scheduled based upon
RetreatDine_0314.jpg individual therapy needs. At The Retreat, we appreciate that all individual behavior impacts the relationships we have with those whom we are closest to in our lives. Through sessions with the family therapist, in which the patient may participate alone or together with family members, we identify the strengths of the relational dynamic, which we can then use to address areas where adjustment may benefit all. Each family is unique, and session interventions are specifically designed to support, educate, and provide expert guidance to benefit the entire family.

Movement Therapy

Movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance to support intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body. As a form of expressive therapy, it looks at the correlation between movement and emotion.


Individual therapy sessions with one of our movement therapists usually occur once a week and are designed to address the resident’s specific issues at a deeper level than what is possible in a group setting. Balance, quietude, the relationship of emotions to body experience, and the acceptance of self as an embodied person are some of the issues that can be explored through movement, posture, breathing, meditation, and structured exercises that can be individually tailored to the resident’s physical and emotional needs.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy involving the
RetreatArtRoom_0525.jpgencouragement of self-expression through painting, drawing, or modeling, used as a remedial activity or an aid to diagnosis. Individual art therapy sessions provide an opportunity to talk more in-depth about the resident’s artwork. The art therapist
helps the resident design art projects that resonate on a personal level, and help him or her develop insights and metaphors within the artwork that allow for a deeper understanding of life experiences and the inner world of emotions.

Recreational Therapy

Recreational therapy is a treatment service designed to restore, remediate, and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness, as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition.

The Retreat provides weekly individual therapy sessions with a
RetreatGameTable_0429.jpgrecreational therapist to help residents learn the skills needed to fill their free time with meaningful and therapeutic activity. Recreation therapy also helps residents gain insight into their treatment and themselves. Leisure is necessary for balance in life, and can have many benefits such as establishing a sense of identity, improving self-esteem, providing a sense of relaxation and opportunities for social interaction, and mood improvement, among others.

Movement and Meditation

Residents meet individually on a weekly basis with
Taichi.jpg our movement specialist. The initial sessions utilize an “energy assessment”.  This is a protocol designed to identify specific patterns of physical tension and their corresponding emotional charge. If these patterns manifest they can lead to immobilization and prevent the individual from living their life with direction and purpose. Additionally, during the first few sessions, a “cognitive focusing meditation” is employed that helps to identify thought processes that contribute to this dysfunctional pattern. The remaining sessions in the series focus on tailoring a plan to unwind this process by channeling the scattered and disorienting energy into more relaxed and adaptable momentum with the purpose of helping the individual to move on with his or her life.