Am I ill enough to need this?

We often hear patients giving feedback that they ‘wish they’d done this years ago’. As with most situations in life, it is generally preferable to solve a problem before it becomes something more major. If you’re reading this and considering treatment, then chances are that treatment may have something to offer.

I’m not comfortable with working in groups. Is this really for me?

Most people are initially a little uncomfortable, even sceptical, about the concept of group therapy. However, the general experience is that after settling in, the opportunity to make connections and share with other people in the same situation can be hugely rewarding and reassuring. There is no pressure to speak, and you will not be forced to say anything if you feel uncomfortable.

How confidential are the sessions?

The confidentiality of the group and individual therapy sessions is taken very seriously. Confidentiality guidelines are explained to every patient on joining the group therapy programme, and our clinicians are bound by medical and ethical codes of conduct.

Why choose residential treatment?

Our experience shows that taking time away from the pressures of life, focusing on yourself, and becoming immersed in a process of intensive treatment is the fastest way to bring about significant and enduring change. With over twenty hours of therapy per week, a period of residential treatment is one of the best ways to achieve this.

What sort of people come for residential treatment?

Our treatment programmes cater to different people from all walks of life, across all age ranges, from the UK and abroad. Whilst it is true that we see many senior executives and professionals, everybody can be vulnerable to the effects of depression, anxiety and stress.

Wouldn’t I be as well off just taking a holiday instead?

Taking a holiday has its advantages, and can certainly leave us feeling temporarily refreshed. The trouble is that nothing really changes, so that after a few days back at work in ‘the real world’, all those old stresses and illness features are still there. Our treatments aim to bring about lasting improvements in feelings and behaviours, so that after time with us, you’re better equipped to feel well and stay well.

What is the process for arranging a residential treatment package?

After contacting our team, you will be invited to set up an Initial Assessment. During this appointment, a thorough screening and diagnostic evaluation will be carried out, and the suitability of the treatment programmes will be discussed.

Are there any conditions your practice doesn’t treat?

Yes. As Dr Macfarlane Associates specialises in treating mild to moderate depression, anxiety and stress, we regret that it is very unlikely we will be able to help with conditions such as treatment-resistant depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), schizophrenia, psychosis, eating disorders or personality disorders.

Are there any extras not included in the treatments?

Our residential treatment programmes are fully-inclusive of all inputs listed. The Initial Assessment will be billed for separately, as will any ongoing therapies after completing the residential treatment, such as individual psychology sessions.

Am I free to have periods of leave during my stay?

Patients receiving treatment for depression, anxiety and stress are very welcome to have some leave in the evenings or weekends, in consultation with the treatment team. For those receiving treatment for alcohol use, there will be some restrictions on leave arrangements, and these be discussed at the assessment appointment and throughout the stay. Visitors to the property are also welcome, and arrangements can be made with the treatment team.

I am not comfortable with antidepressant medication. Will I have to take this?

Not at all. We frequently work with patients who are not in favour of taking medication, and would like to try to secure a recovery for themselves using entirely psychological means. We will always work around a patient’s preferences, and there will not be any pressure to start any treatment which does not feel right.

What’s the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has gone on to specialise in conditions of the mind. As such, a psychiatrist can conduct an initial assessment, formulate a diagnosis and prescribe any medication as necessary. A psychologist is a professional who is trained in delivering various foms of talking therapies, whether they be problem-solving approaches or more exploratory approaches. Psychologists may provide therapy in both individual and small-group settings. As this is a very personal process, please contact us for answers to any questions not listed above.


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