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Retreat Centers for Anxiety

Daniel Sher, MA, Clin Psychology
Retreat Centers for Anxiety

Luxury retreat centers worldwide have begun offering specialized programs for people suffering from anxiety. While going to a retreat center for anxiety is by no means a low-cost treatment option, the anti-anxiety programs offered often provide a wide range of physical and mental therapeutic options to ensure that you get what you pay for.

This article explores five high-quality retreat center options and the anti-anxiety services they offer.

Are Anxiety Retreat Centers a Good Idea?

Anxiety retreat centers are not necessarily the right option for everyone. Anxiety is a treatable condition, and there are less expensive options that are available for those who can’t afford retreats. 

But those that are interested in a retreat center need to make sure that they choose the right one. The following are some of the most well-known anxiety retreat centers available. These are not necessarily recommendations – only references for those that are wondering what types of retreat centers are around.

Canyon Ranch Hotel Resort (Miami, Florida)

Canyon Ranch is a world-renowned health resort, with a health and wellness facility spanning 70, 000 square feet with 24 separate treatment rooms. Located on 7 acres of oceanfront property, it provides a relaxing vacation atmosphere and an escape from the everyday world, as well as preparing you to re-enter that world with confidence.

The available treatments are extensive. Their anxiety-specific “Address Your Stress” program includes testing to ascertain the nature of the problem, with healing exercises and lifestyle guidance based on the results.

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Brookhaven Retreat Center for Women (Knoxville, Tennessee)

The Brookhaven Center for Women is a 48-acre retreat space designed by and for women. It is located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near sites of natural beauty such as gardens, woods, and pastures.

They provide a wide range of options for anxiety treatment with a focus on reconnecting with nature and allowing individuals to design a healthier and more positive belief system for themselves. A few of their treatment and activity options include:

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The STAR Program: Kenyon Ranch (Tucson, Arizona)

Located in Arizona between the Santa Rita and Tumacacori mountain ranges and overlooking the Santa Cruz Valley, the Kenyon Ranch STAR program offers 10-day therapeutic programs that deal with problems including grief and loss, personal crises, trauma and PTSD, and depression/anxiety, among many others. Their anxiety services include support staff who are available 24 hours a day and a 1:2 staff to participant ratio to allow for individualized attention and assistance.

Their program focusing on depression and anxiety includes the following treatments:

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Alive: The Ultimate Health and Wellness Experience (Australia)

Australia has multiple retreat options with anxiety-specific programs. One is the “Alive” retreat, designed for either couples or singles looking to improve their life experience. If you choose, the staff can create a program specifically suited to your individualized needs. In addition, a “Create Your Own Retreat” option can be found on the website. Pre-arranged anti-anxiety programs on offer include:

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Kangaroo Island (Australia)

The Kangaroo Island health and wellness retreat in Australia is a specialized location designed for only 6 participants at a time. The limited number of participants allows for highly individualized attention and a tranquil, secluded atmosphere. The island features organic gardens and full beach access.

Their program is designed to treat people struggling with anxiety, allergies, fitness and weight issues, and/or addiction. It includes the following treatments and activities:

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Choosing An Anxiety Retreat

Anxiety retreats are certainly interesting options for those that are looking for a creative way to cure their anxiety. They're expensive, and they're not right for everyone, but they're an option that you can consider if you've decided you want to place yourself in a completely anxiety free environment and you've done your research to make sure you're choosing the right one. Remember, however, that there are also highly effective anxiety treatment options available for people who can’t afford a retreat!

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