Therapy Approach

Tailored programme

Guided by an experienced therapist, each treatment plan at White River Manor is tailored to fulfill your specific needs and therapeutic requirements. We understand that every client is unique, and we are dedicated to making sure each person gains maximum benefit from their stay with us. Our holistic programme combines a perfect balance of therapeutic techniques and treatments, to guarantee deep transformational healing, and a life-changing experience.

Set in 5-star luxury accommodation, with state-of-the-art facilities, our world-class, holistic treatment programmes include:

  • psychiatric evaluation
  • intensive therapy
  • medical management
  • complementary therapies at our luxury health spa
  • exercise options, including golf, horse-riding and tennis
  • healthy eating and nutrition
  • exciting adventure activities, including safari, hiking, quad biking and water rafting.

Our professional, multi-disciplinary team and caring staff are here to guide and support you – ensuring your comfort and wellbeing throughout your recovery – as you heal and restore balance to your mind, body and soul.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy involves daily one-to-one sessions with our professional therapists, tailor-made to meet your specific needs. Our experienced therapeutic team is dedicated and committed to your recovery, and upholds the highest standards of confidentiality to ensure a deep level of trust. A combination of therapeutic techniques and treatments are used to ensure the very best, long-term results, including:

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an advanced psychotherapy approach, frequently used in the treatment of dual diagnosis. Although DBT achieved prominence for the treatment of personality disorders, it has been successfully adapted for treating those struggling with emotional regulation, interpersonal conflict and self-destructive behaviours. It is a comprehensive and practical approach, particularly effective in the treatment of complex mental health disorders and behavioural issues – such as trauma, substance use disorder and major depression. DBT focuses on teaching four key coping skills: core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) continues to be one of the most valued and empirically supported therapeutic options for the treatment of addiction, anxiety, phobias, depression and sleep disorders. With CBT, the emphasis is on the present, setting goals and understanding the connection between our thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Dysfunctional thinking patterns become the intervention point, from which we can develop alternative ways of thinking to increase positive feelings and healthy, helpful behaviours. There are different types of CBT, and one of our therapists will work collaboratively with you to customise the techniques, in order to meet your specific needs.

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Mindfulness Therapy

Mindfulness, as a general practice, is a way of becoming more fully aware of ourselves and our environment. Through mindfulness techniques we can learn to pay more attention to the present moment, where we can observe our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations – in a non-judgmental way. Mindfulness forms an integral part of Dialectical Therapy, and complements Cognitive Therapy, by creating a deeper degree of awareness. The moment of awareness is, or can become, the catalyst for change. A therapy specialist will support you in developing the necessary skills and level of self-discipline required to simply focus on the current moment. Mindfulness groups are regularly held in our gardens, to help practise and promote mindfulness techniques.

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Trauma-Specific Therapy

Trauma-Specific Therapy (TST) is a unique therapy approach, rooted in understanding the connection between a traumatic experience and our emotional and behavioural responses to it. A therapist will guide you through exploring how trauma is having lasting, adverse affects on your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. They will utilise a variety of approaches, in combination with CBT and DBT, to address your trauma condition, trauma-related symptoms and any associated underlying issues, such as substance abuse. TST can include:

Spontaneous Healing Intra-systemic Process

Instead of focusing on what is wrong, SHIP™ views all health disorders to be the result of trauma or unresolved past experiences. The therapist creates an environment within which your internal spontaneous healing process can follow its natural, self-normalising sequence. This allows emotional wounds to heal themselves. Ultimately, it is our connection with our disconnected pain and vulnerability (wound) that brings about healing. During SHIP™, the therapist will continually guide you to remain in your healing space of autonomic regulation and to reclaim the disconnected areas of self. By allowing you the opportunity to express (release) repressed information, you can release traumatic experiences and move towards rebalance.

Solution-Focused Therapy

Solution-Focused Therapy concentrates on our present and future situation, finding solutions to help us move forward as quickly as possible. As a future-oriented, goal-directed therapy it places the emphasis on finding solutions to problems rather than exploring and analysing the problems themselves. Through honest self-evaluation, harmful behaviours are challenged and negative beliefs are reframed into rational thoughts. Working with a therapy specialist, self-esteem is reinforced through affirmations, compliments, goal setting, gratitude and validation. While it is a time-limited therapy, the effects of solution-focused therapy are often long lasting.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

Unlike other types of therapy that focus on analysing and altering the emotions, thoughts and physical sensations that can result from traumatic experiences, EMDR therapy focuses directly on the memories themselves. It uses a combination of memory recall and therapy with guided bilateral eye movements to interrupt negative thought pathways. EMDR stimulates the brain in ways that help it to address and work through these unhealed memories – and the emotions, thoughts and body sensations attached to them – to resume normal, adaptive and healthy processing. The science underlying this process is still an area of active research. Still, substantial evidence supports that EMDR successfully allows us to update traumatic memories in such a way that they become associated with more positive, adaptive ones.

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Music And Art Therapy

Music and Art Therapy are incredibly therapeutic and helpful to those who struggle with expressing their emotions. It is a gentle and creative approach that assists with self-discovery and / or deep-seated issues that have conditioned our behaviour over time. The creative process of producing art, whether through music, painting, sculpture or dance, can be incredibly beneficial. A specialist therapist is present during the entire session, to sensitively guide the process and offer unconditional support.

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Adult-Child Therapy

Adult-Child Therapy is a unique, specialised programme developed to help adult men and women address feelings of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and feelings of shame that may stem from childhood. Unresolved childhood issues are commonly a result of growing up in a home where dysfunction was prevalent. It is a hugely beneficial therapy for those who grew up in the care of a narcissist, depressed, workaholic, mentally unstable and / or neglectful parent. The healthy flow and processing of distressing emotions is essential to healing from childhood trauma as an adult.

Introduction To 12 Step Program

White River Manor has adopted its own signature style to treating addiction, which provides a more holistic approach compared to traditional 12-Step Programmes. Our multi-disciplinary, specialist team will work with you to create a truly individualised treatment plan, created around your personal preferences and therapeutic requirements. This may include elements from the 12-step programme, if its guiding principles resonate with you. Our integrated, holistic approach – that considers the whole being: mind, body and soul – is proving to be a most effective approach to treating addiction.

Pastoral/ Spiritual Counselling

Pastoral or spiritual counselling is available with our certified pastoral counsellor, who is a mental health professional with in-depth religious and theological training. Our pastoral counsellor offers a safe refuge and respite from judgment, so you can seek and receive forgiveness and reconcile your behaviour with your spiritual values. This incorporation of spiritual exploration and support can help to promote wholeness, healing and growth.

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Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Group therapy introduces a dynamic opportunity presented in several interesting formats, each carefully facilitated by a professional therapist. These range from intellectually stimulating didactic lectures, to those with therapeutic themes and specialized topic groups, as well as supportive formats where individual processing is encouraged. Confidentiality is always a priority, accompanied by objectivity and a non-judgmental attitude.

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Family Therapy

Family Therapy

Treatment of dependency and dual diagnosis is significantly more effective when family and close friends are involved in the recovery process. However, this is treated with utmost discretion and family therapy is only incorporated with your consent and when you are ready. We can facilitate on-site or remote sessions where a specialist trained in family therapy creates a safe space in order to facilitate a calm and constructive family discussion, and to educate regarding reintegration. Although we encourage family attendance at support groups, this remains entirely your own choice.

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Aftercare & Support

Aftercare & Support

An effective aftercare plan is integral to success, as a trustworthy support structure will help to ensure that you maintain the coping skills you have learned through therapy. Recovery is a proactive lifestyle designed to help one to manage negative thoughts and emotions that may trigger destructive behavior. Rather than simply focusing on what not to do, we instead aim to help you create the lifestyle that you desire; a life worth living. Dependent on unique circumstances, we will refer to suitable professionals for aftercare.

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