The Buttery is launching a new social enterprise: The Buttery Private. It will allow The Buttery to use our accumulated knowledge and expertise to help more people in need. Surplus funds the program generates will  be applied to The Buttery’s charitable works.

From the media release:

A new program, The Buttery Private aimed at helping professionals suffering from work stress, burnout and drug and alcohol misuse is now launched by The Buttery.

For more than 40 years The Buttery has treated people with long-term mental health and addiction issues. It is now applying this knowledge to helping more people in a new social venture aimed at addressing behaviour early on that if left could lead to more serious addictions, loss of livelihood, friends or family.

Workplace mental stress costs an estimated $10 billion a year in Australia. Exhaustion and work stress can cause chronic illness and increases presenteeism: where people are so exhausted at work that they are not really present or productive when they are there.

“The Buttery Private is an early intervention for people who are still functioning well enough but who could benefit from taking time out to address issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, burnout and substance misuse,” said General Manager of The Buttery’s therapeutic programs, Trent Rees.

The four-week residential program is conducted at an idyllic retreat near Byron Bay.

Each participant works with their personal clinician to develop a customised program addressing their specific needs. After a four-week stay, participants continue working with their therapist via phone or Skype to ensure they can apply what they learn from the program to their daily lives so they do not fall back into self-limiting behaviour.

The Buttery Private offers more than a typical health retreat because it uses best-practice psychological techniques to bring about lasting change. It is a circuit-breaker to change entrenched patterns of self-defeating behaviour. To do this, it incorporates current research on the neuroscience of trauma, anxiety and the brain’s response to threat.

As well as regular one-on-one counselling with a dedicated counsellor and group sessions, participants can choose from a range of other therapies including yoga, meditation, mindfulness training, exercise, massage, acupuncture and nutrition.

“The Buttery Private program is based on The Buttery’s program which has been developed and refined for over forty years, helping people achieve more healthful, meaningful lives. Everyone deserves to reach their full potential free form self-limiting behaviours and The Buttery Private program is designed to achieve that,” said Trent Rees.

As a not-for-profit charity, The Buttery will apply surplus funds generated from The Buttery Private to its charitable works, which include a residential rehab, programs for youth at risk and a free family counselling program.

More information:

Sharon Kelly: 0414 780 077

Trent Rees (The Buttery Private)  

0408 113 211