Intensive Therapy Retreats

What does it mean to be healthy?

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO),


“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.


So wellness is more than eating the odd salad and going to yoga every now and then – it’s all-encompassing. It’s about the whole person.


This means that in order to be truly healthy – inside and out – it’s essential that we look at the bigger picture.


Why is wellness important?

Our mental and emotional health is closely interlinked with our physical health, and vice versa. This means that when we fall out of balance in one of these areas, we impact each of the other levels of our being (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual).


In order to achieve optimal health, we need to get to the root of what’s causing a particular issue, whilst making sure we balance each of these different areas.


This means looking at the individual, and asking questions which dig beyond the surface level:

  • How are you sleeping?
  • What are your relationships like?
  • How often do you move your body?
  • What kinds of foods are you eating?
  • How much time do you make for doing the things you love?
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Intensive therapy retreats for transformative change

Our passion for wellness has led us to develop an immersive – and intensive – retreat which combines each of these different components, in order to bring about lasting change in a short period of time.


Our retreats are the first of their kind to blend psychological intervention with mind-body skills and techniques, creating a bespoke plan that is completely unique to the individual.


Combining interventions from both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema Therapy, there will be daily touch points with your designated psychologist throughout the retreat.


Working closely together, you will work towards breaking unhelpful patterns, overhauling relationship difficulties and removing obstacles to change that might be more difficult to address in weekly sessions with a therapist.

Frequently asked questions

  • You will start the week with a complete mind-body assessment. This includes both a psychological and postural assessment to get an understanding of how issues within the body might be impacting you on a psychological level, as well as the other way round
  • Following the assessment, a bespoke plan will be created where you and your psychologist will agree on the goals you want to reach over the course of the retreat
  • Depending on your needs, your bespoke plan will include any of the following one-on-one sessions: ACT or Schema Therapy, yoga, personal training, mindfulness, pilates and dance therapy
  • Alongside your individual sessions, there will also be group interventions where you will get to harness the skills you’ve learnt and share experiences with others on the retreat
  • There will also be plenty of opportunity to destress and unwind in the beautiful surroundings, and enjoy a relaxing treatment at the in-house spa

Our retreats take place in different luxury destinations throughout the year. Past locations have included Italy, Greece and the Cotswolds.

For more info and prices, please get in touch.

Many people find being in big groups anxiety-provoking and our team are very familiar with these types of difficulties. Our psychologists will always go out of their way to help you feel at ease, and if needed, they can also make a plan with you ahead of time about the different ways you can manage your social anxiety.

Ideally, we aim for a group of up to 10 participants. Some of the activities are delivered in groups and others one-on-one.
No. Our retreats are open to anyone, regardless of whether they have already had therapy or not.

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Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced consultant psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector.

Having obtained a first degree in Psychology (BSc) at the American College of Greece, she completed her doctoral training at the University of Surrey. Dr Touroni is highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, substance misuse, personality disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder and relationship difficulties. She works with both individuals and couples and can offer therapy in English and Greek.

Dr Touroni has held a variety of clinical and managerial positions including as Head of Service in the NHS. Further she has held academic positions for the University of Surrey and the Institute of Mental Health lecturing on specialist postgraduate Masters and Doctorate programmes.

She is trained in several specialist therapeutic approaches such as schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). As well as holding a variety of NHS positions, Dr. Touroni is the co-founder of a private practice in Central London that has been a provider of psychological therapy for all common emotional difficulties including personality disorder since 2002. She is the founder and one of two directors of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic.