I am undergoing psychotherapy. Are therapy and meditation mutually exclusive?
Meditation is not a mainly therapeutic practice, but a transformative one, although it may have therapeutic implications along the way.
Generally speaking, in a severe psychiatric or psychological condition, a retreat might not be a good idea. A retreat is an option when the psychological or psychiatric vulnerability is relatively minor, a thing of the past, or is at a peripheral level. In those cases, it is necessary that you specify your mental condition in the registration form’s mental health section.
In case you are undergoing therapy with a psychotherapist or psychiatrist, you need to bring it to the retreat facilitators' attention so that they approve your participation.
In case you have some doubts about whether a retreat is suitable for you, it is important that you talk to one of the teachers on the phone before registration.
It won’t be wise to participate in a retreat with the expectation that it would heal psychological or psychiatric conditions. Furthermore, the silence, the intensity, and the increased awareness of meditation practice in a retreat might increase mental vulnerability. This is why it is imperative that those who have a current or past psychiatric diagnosis would only register for a retreat after careful consideration.