Today I completed day three of this five-day mental health retreat. This is not a spa-like fluffy mental health place. This is a stay at an Airbnb room, drive in at eight every morning and stay until five every afternoon, no cell phones allowed, trust the process workshop. The therapist is freaking amazing!! She is so firm but so sweet. You know those people who are being sweet? She’s not being sweet–she just is sweet. It’s been three days, we’ve tried her patience, and she’s never slipped a millimeter. Not a freaking nanometer! And I am SO good at catching fake. This lady is the real freaking deal.
This particular workshop deals with codependency. I may or may not have struggled like once with it. Today, I did what they lovingly refer to as debriefing. It. Was. Not. Fun. I knew it was going to be hard. I knew I was going to cry. I have stuff, y’all. I did not know I was going to both feel like I had been wrung through a spin cycle on a newfangled HE washing machine and like I was floating a bit. Afterward, we wrote some letters to some people that we aren’t planning to send. Just a one-sided conversation that we needed to get off of our chests. It was ugly cry city for me. My Butterfly waterproof mascara has gotten a workout this week! It is good stuff, ladies!
Anywho…it’s been a very difficult week. We have two days left to put all of these pieces together and really make some lasting change in our life. I’m so excited and also so afraid to develop expectations. I’m all in, though. They told us early on that we will get out of it what we put into it and I’m seriously doing my best. I’m not holding back. I want the best bang for my investment.
Oh, I almost forgot: Greenshoe is a non-profit. You have to pay a deposit, but at the end of the week, you get it back if you complete. They have a 99% success rate. I’m just so glad I invested the time and money into doing this. I think my family is going to be very happy, also. If you want more info:
I’m curious to know what you all have done that might be similar to help deal with or heal from codependency or other mental health problems. What would you look for in a retreat of this length?