Mental Health Retreat Start Up

by Victoria Watmough in Wotton-under-Edge, South Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Mental Health Retreat Start Up

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I am a Holistic Therapist specialising in CBT. My new start up is to open a Mental Health Retreat Centre, which will be a base for the UK.

by Victoria Watmough in Wotton-under-Edge, South Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Hi my name is Vicki Watmough. I am a Holistic Therapist specialising in CBT. My business plan and new start up is to open a Mental Health Retreat Care Farm in the South Gloucestershire area (not limiting help to this area, by using the space to share to social media).

Using recommended beneficial therapies such CBT, Nature and Mindfullness, I aim to get the help needed to those without the waiting times.

I am a survivor of Panic Disorder and Anxiety, and after asking for help, I was told the waiting times were 18months+. I knew I wouldn't be able to cope for that long. So, instead of waiting, I approached my healing journey from a different angle and qualified in Advanced Psychology, CBT, NLP and Therapeutic Counselling (among a few). I officially launched my own self paced online course this year (2024), after incorporating everything I used to heal at home.



I now want to pass this on to others, but on a much larger scale.



I have 2 business plans. A smaller mental health retreat, then opening a larger community care farm.



By encompassing the 9 areas of life (Spirituality,Mental,Emotional, Career, Financial, Health, Physical, Social, Intellectual) I want to be able to work on individuals balance of these areas. When one area is weakened, it can throw us out of sync and start to break down other areas.



My Holistic Retreat will have a few different sides to it.

A space for one to one affordable therapy.

A space for group therapy sessions.

The ability to spend the day with me working on the retreat (a one to one session, animal therapy, Nature Therapy and a relaxation session)

Team building days for businesses

A spiritual shop and more.



My Holistic Retreat, will help combat Anxiety and Depression, build confidence, empower individuals and bring harmony, and working through coping mechanisms.



Therapy isn't one size fits all. It's a puzzle for every individual. You just need to know how to fit your own puzzle back together again!



I have created a Business Plan and will attach it to my website.



I am looking for funding to help get this business on the move to open within the next year! The sooner the better. With over 22% of residents suffering with Anxiety or Depression just in my local area, the demand for Mental Health services has never been higher.

I have set the initial fundraise target at 10K, however, providing I can find premises to rent/renovate, the amount needed will be in the region of £250K. I will use the initial 10K on Marketing, Advertising and Development of the business.

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