Health and Wellness Retreat, Treating Depression
What is Depression?
The symptoms of depression can begin at any age and to anyone, they can manifest as mild symptoms at first, but can become serious if not recognised early or help for depression is not provided.
Stress itself is a normal human emotion which is usually experienced throughout life at some stage. At times of deep stress and unwanted events we can all slip into a depressive state, however when we find it difficult to come out the other side, depression can become more than just a stage – and it can take hold of your life.
Depression is defined by symptoms of severe despondency, dejection, feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy, often combined with guilt, lack of energy and the inability maintain interest in life. It is then, that living with depression can be debilitating.
Classified as a mood disorder, individuals enduring depression tend to lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable as it moves to severe or clinical depression. Depression causes powerful mental and physical suffering that has serious consequences for a person’s happiness and motivation. Some people with clinical depression or major depressive disorders may even contemplate or attempt suicide.
The symptoms of depression emerge in varying degrees in men, women, girls, and boys. Most sufferers experience one, or a combination of the following depression symptoms:
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Problems concentrating or remembering details or making decisions
- Insomnia/ waking early
- Excessive sleeping
- Excessive worry
- Loss of energy
- Aches, pains or digestive problems
Timely help can make a huge difference and our Programs are designed for just that.
Why The Fountainhead Mental Health Retreat Is a Natural Option and Long-Term Solution for Treating Depression
Fountainhead’s approach to treating depression naturally differs from traditional medical methods. Our unique solution works through educating the individual on the underlying root cause of stress which is leading to the depression. The Fountainhead Retreat depression recovery program has three major components which are combined with a nutritious detox diet, exercise, and relaxation therapy to help the body and mind to change and heal.
Clients suffering from depression and anxiety make up the largest group attending our programs.
Our solution has three major components:
The program uses only qualified and experienced Psychotherapists who apply evidence based tools and techniques to work on the mind to change unwanted behaviours; REBT, CBT, ACT, Mind Mapping etc. A period of psychotherapy is continued after the residential program.
Facilitated communication groups and workshops that help a Client prepare for the future. Some of the topics covered are; emotions, self-acceptance, self-worth, social connection, acceptance of others and assertiveness. Facilitated on-line webinars (every 2-3 weeks) are continued after the residential program for 6 months, to help reinforce residential learning.
A variety of holistic stress reduction and positive mood therapies; mindfulness, yoga, personal training, massage, art therapy, cooking classes, team building and social integration.
How Our Therapists Help Alleviate Depression
Our Therapists have been selected as much for their ability to counsel and connect with you empathetically as they are for their experience in working with people like you. We use evidence based educational techniques that examines the way a person suffering a stress-related condition, such as depression, is thinking and processing the events of their life. This is based on the core belief structures they mainly develop at an early age and how the processing of reality through these core belief structures – or as we call them, lenses – causes unwanted emotional symptoms and behaviour. The process helps identify where the person learnt their core beliefs on life as well as how they incorrectly measure their self-worth. The information learnt in this process takes the sufferer’s incorrect or incomplete beliefs, which are based on misinterpretations of the past, and re-educates them to look at the same past experiences objectively. The goal is to understand, learn and grow from past experiences which change the underlying cause of their unwanted emotions and long-term behaviour.
Mindfulness Training for helping with depression
This technique has existed and been treating depression for millennia but has only been explained scientifically in the last twenty years.
“Mindfulness produces positive effects on psychological well-being that extend beyond the time the individual is practicing it. Over the last three decades, mindfulness practices have been increasingly incorporated into programs, to take advantage of these benefits. A large body of research has established the effectiveness of these mindfulness-based interventions in reducing symptoms of a number of disorders, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders and chronic pain, as well as improving well-being and quality of life. Mindfulness involves the development of awareness of present-moment experience with a compassionate, non-judgmental stance. It has been suggested that this process is associated with a perceptual shift, in which one’s thoughts and feelings are recognised as events occurring in the broader field of awareness”
– Harvard Medical school Boston MA 2010.
How a program at The Fountainhead Retreat can help you deal with and overcome depression, and change your life
Help with depression is our specialty and we can teach you how to beat your depression. When it comes to how you interpret your life and your depression, you only ever confirm or change what you know by gathering new information from life experiences and events. It is how you interpret that information and what you learn (or do not learn in most cases) that exacerbates, aggravates and elevates your depression.
During your program, we guide you through a unique learning from the collection, evaluation, and interpretation of information and beliefs you have gathered throughout your lifetime and the current information inflaming your depression. In a sense, you become a student, an inquisitive learner reflecting and researching yourself, objectively and accurately. Ultimately, you take control of your depression by taking control of your personal development.
Within our peaceful and relaxing surroundings, we work with you, day by day, teaching you how to initiate a new way of thinking. This approach is accompanied by nutritious seasonally cooked meals by our passionate chefs and body work facilitated by our professional personal trainers and massage therapists.
Our Holistic Health Programs
We are the most established holistic mental health Retreat in Australia and our intense programs are led by a dedicated retreat team and qualified therapists to ensure your program is giving you maximum chance of success.
To discuss your program options with an Admissions Consultant please call:
1300 614 864 or Contact Us