You may be in the midst of a casual conversation, feel like you said something wrong, and fill with dread at the conclusion that everyone now hates you. You may feel completely paralyzed, unable to speak and unable to stop crying for no apparent reason. You may feel like your stomach is incessantly tying itself in knots. You may go through your day feeling like you’re constantly having a nervous breakdown, all the while trying to function normally and hope no one notices.

This is anxiety.

Living with anxiety can make each day feel like a harrowing experience. But the good news is, The Dawn is here to help. We house an expert clinical team that’s on the cutting edge of mental health treatment for a variety of disorders including severe and chronic anxiety. And, our peaceful, tropical location is the perfect place to take a break from your daily stresses and regain a sense of mental clarity and calm.

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder

When you have anxiety, you might experience the following mental symptoms:

  • Inability to relax
  • A constant sense of fear
  • Nervousness and tension
  • Perceiving the world around you as moving abnormally quickly or slowly
  • Feeling like something bad will happen if you stop thinking about the future
  • Thinking people are angry at you
  • Replaying bad interactions in your head over and over
  • Feeling disconnected from yourself (depersonalisation)
  • Feeling disconnected from the world (derealisation)

Anxiety also manifests as physical symptoms:

  • Stomach pain, queasiness or unease
  • Shortness of breath or shallow breathing
  • Light-headedness
  • Restlessness
  • Muscle pains
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive sweating
  • Irritable bowel syndrome or other gastrointestinal issues
  • Altered sexual behaviour
  • Jaw clenching or teeth grinding

Effects and Risks of Untreated Anxiety

Anxiety takes a major toll on your body and mind, and often lies at the core of more serious health issues. If left untreated, it can lead to:

  • Stomach ulcers
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Diabetes

It can also significantly disrupt your life. If your anxiety is severe or prolonged, it can affect your ability to:

  • Perform at work
  • Have intimate relationships
  • Have a healthy sex life
  • Make or keep friends
  • Enjoy yourself
  • Fully experience life


Why The Dawn Wellness Centre Thailand is Your Best Choice for Anxiety Retreat

The Dawn’s highly qualified clinical team is Western-trained and fully licensed. We constantly continue our education, advance our certification levels and attend international conferences on the most pressing mental health issues. We’re always up to date with the latest therapeutic developments so we can offer you the best treatment methods available.

Why Residential Wellness Retreats for Anxiety

While the convenience of outpatient treatment is a draw for many, to fully reap the benefits of an anxiety treatment programme, inpatient treatment is recommended. In a residential setting, you’ll receive 24-hour support from a team of dedicated professionals, each of whom play a role in your recovery process. And in addition to intensive counselling, you’ll be supported with a variety of complementary wellness therapies to deepen your self-exploration and soothe your body and mind.

How Our Anxiety Treatment Works

We use our own, effective treatment model called the Twin Pillars – this incorporates both conventional therapies and holistic practices to help you fully heal.

Comprehensive Anxiety Counselling

Our clinical team employs time-tested techniques like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy (MCBT) to help you understand the source of your anxiety, change your thinking patterns and learn how to effectively manage it.

We also use cutting-edge technologies such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to effectively treat anxiety without the use of medication.

Holistic Wellness Therapies

In addition to conventional therapy, you’ll receive a variety of wellness services, such as:

  • Mindfulness meditation training and practice
  • Spa and massage therapy
  • Yoga, Pilates and Muay Thai classes
  • Art therapy

These accomplish a few things: Firstly, they help you to de-stress, feel well and get into a receptive frame of mind that benefits your counselling work. And secondly, they help you cultivate a practice that you can take with you when you leave, to keep your anxiety at bay and deal with it in a healthy way when it arises.

While you’re here, you’ll also receive nutritional guidance and eat a wholesome, mood-boosting diet. And you’ll have access to our gym, swimming pool and riverside meditation spaces to unwind during your downtime.

Anxiety Treatment Retreat in Thailand
Let the Tropical Warmth Melt Away Your Tension

If you’re looking to de-stress, there’s no better place to do it than Thailand. Famous for its relaxed attitude, warm, sunny weather and gorgeous terrain, the Land of Smiles will instantly make you feel more at peace. At our small, intimate facility on the Ping River on the outskirt of Chiang Mai, you’ll feel right at home and ready for a fresh start.

A Day at The Dawn

We believe in healing the whole person. You’ll receive intensive therapy, but meditation, relaxation, movement and recreational activities will all play an important role in your treatment. Here’s an example of what a typical day looks like at The Dawn:

07:00: Morning yoga / cycling
08:00: Breakfast
09:30: Process /  trauma group
10:50: Tai Chi or circuit training / cardio
11:30: Focus group 1
12:30: Lunch
13:30: Focus group 2
14:30: Individual counselling, massage
18:00: Dinner
19:30: Offsite NA / AA meeting
20:30: Rest & relaxation
22:00: Bedtime

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