Lead Clinician Dr. Jeremy Alford, BA, MPHIL, PHD, Clinical Psychologist, with 20 years of mental health experience, working in multicultural settings with people from all around the world, has been offering an intensive evidence-based integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program to the treatment, management and recovery of various issues from burnout, to anxieties such as panic attacks, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, anger, depression such as bipolar disorders, cyclothymia, seasonal affective disorders, eating disorders, addictions and other. Dr. Alford is trained in clinical hypnotherapy, biofeedback therapy as well as has a specialization in the treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders and is the President & Founder of MEEDA (Middle East Eating Disorders Association).

The Choices Retreats Program is a personalized intensive CBT program that incorporates mindfulness practices within a holistic framework. Initiated in Bali Indonesia at the end of 2014 when Dr Alford traveled from the Middle East to South East Asia, where he had been practicing for 11 years in private clinics and hospitals in search of a better quality of life as well as in search of an environment that would be less stigmatizing and more inviting for people who suffer from mental health to seek help and / or find hope and commitment to their recovery and healing. You can read more about his background on his Linkedin Profile.

Clients are hosted in a luxury boutique hotel accommodation, within an environment that is conducive to healing and recovery. Daily yoga and spa treatments are included in every customized program. We take great pride is making this a unique and healing experience by working with one person at a time. Dr Alford chooses to work in this way to ensure both privacy and efficiency. After offering this intensive CBT program for 4 years in Bali Indonesia, Dr Alford has decided to include a second destination for clients to choose from.

Cyprus, also known as the Republic of Cyprus, is an island in the Eastern Mediterranean, divided between a Greek Southern side and a Turkish Northern side, is equally known for it’s mythical birth place of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. The practice of medicine and therapeutics in Cyprus has its roots into ancient times. This island is as special as Bali is for healing and recovery.

The Choices Retreats Program is now being offered in Cyprus at selected times of the year and is suitable for anyone going through difficult life experiences, whether at work, or in their personal lives. Our evidence-based program adheres to the National Institute for health and Care Excellence guidelines in the UK (NICE). Studies have shown that the minimum recommended number of CBT sessions for the treatment, management and / or recovery of conditions such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders/depression as well as specific eating disorders like bulimia and binge eating disorders will range between 8 to more than 20 hours.

What makes our intensive program successful is that we make sure to provide these recommended number of hours within a short time frame. What someone achieves in 8 days to 14 days is equivalent to work that would typically take anywhere between 3 or 6 months depending on severity to 1 year or much more, in a traditional therapy intervention where the person might be seen for therapy once a week.

Results so far have shown that going through the Choices Retreats Program led by Dr Alford in an intensive way as opposed to a weekly or monthly approach have provided clients with an opportunity to gain perspective, insight and learn evidence-based coping strategies much faster, hence allowing for quicker breakthroughs and recoveries with long-term benefits.

Our intensive program is suited for anyone struggling from:

  • Stress
  • Burnout
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Relationship issues
  • Various dependencies
  • Eating disorders

Prior to any booking, a preliminary evaluation is carried out online to order to assess a client’s suitability. Please click on this link ‘The Process’ to find out more about our admission procedure.

The following are included in an 8 days or more intensive program:

  • Private accommodation
  • 1hr (plan B) or 2hrs (plan A) daily CBT
  • 1 to 2hrs of daily Mindfulness practices i.e. yoga, meditation
  • Daily meals (Full Board and customized to needs)
  • Access to pool and sea
  • Therapeutic spa massages (number dependent on length of stay and needs);
  • Transfer to and from the Paphos International Airport.

For information on prices please contact us.

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