ELLIE DONNELLY: OWNER/CBT THERAPIST



I am Ellie Donnelly BA, MSc and I am the lead therapist at Daisy Retreat Bali and the Director for Are Global Indonesia Health Care provider. I am in my late-forties and I undertook my clinical training in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy with University College London, at the Middlesex Hospital in 1998. This was a purely clinical course undertaken over two full time years in the Hospitals' Department of Psychiatry. Since then, in addition to my own private practice in Bloomsbury, London; I was Head of Therapy at the Priory Hospital, England; I was also Head of Therapy for the Cygnet Hospital in Harrow London and I held a senior position at the Capio Nightingale Hospital in London.

I have suffered from depression, as generations of my family before me. I had my first severe episode at the age of 15.
I, just like the millions of other people who have recurrent depression, have through the years collected a mass of bad memories that pop into my head at will when I am feeling low. I occasionally acquire new memories for my collection. What I no longer do for the most part, is linger too long in those reoccurring moments. I do not need to. I have spent many hours lost in those memories. I doubt there is something I have missed; except of course the time to have new happier experiences. Mindfulness helps me to not get stuck in moments already passed or not yet lived.
I have many negative "core beliefs" based on my experiences that have caused me pain and resulted in repetitive damaging behaviours. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has given me tried and tested systems to survive my own mind and inclinations; and my survival, at times, required a grave battle.

Deeper healing really began when I withdrew from my inner and outer conflicts and that takes more than logic to occur. Self-acceptance is the key here. Surrender; know yourself, for who you are, not who you want to be. 

Know that you are only human. Most importantly know that even if you have a history of illness, even if you don't fit in; even if you are foolish or ugly or any of the horrible things you say to yourself; it doesn't mean you can never be happy and do not deserve to be.

At Daisy Retreat Bali we practice CBT, Schema Therapy, Self- Acceptance and Cognitive Based Mindfulness because these are the things that have freed me and countless others. These are the methods that work best in easing the pain, disruption and stigma of mental illness.      


The Daisy Retreat program attains on average a 96% improvement in mood and 92% improvement in anxiety. (Based on results from The Beck Depressive Inventory and The Beck Anxiety Inventory from May 2013 to April 2018)

Reina Ritma Wangsadjaja

Clinical Psychologist


Reina Ritma Wangsadjaja, M.Psi, Psikolog and I am the Clinical Psychologist for Daisy Retreat Bali. I finished my Master’s Degree in Atma Jaya Catholic University, Jakarta. My passion is to give attention to people’s psychological well- being in order to bring them a happier life. As an answer to my passion, I have worked on cases of mood disorders, compulsive lying, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS and drugs abuse to improve their health through psychological interventions. The psychological interventions are given based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Empowerment Counseling, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Stress Management, Communication Training, Relaxation, and Mindfulness.

I made Kembar Darmawan, ST
Yoga Instructor

"Twin" (called Twin because he is one!) is Daisy's private yoga and mindfulness meditation instructor. 

Twin trained with Indonesia's most respected tutors over the last thirty years, adding meditation and cognitive-based mindfulness techniques to his program in order to provide a complete therapeutic experience. Twin was born and raised in Bali, and we are very lucky to have this amiable, fun and dedicated expert working with us.

Consultant Psychiatrist.

Dr. Made Nyandra Sp.K.J M.Repro, Phd 

Chancellor of Dhyana Pura University.


After graduating from SMAN 1 Singaraja in 1977, Dr Made Nyandra continued his education in Denpasar, Bali and then at the Faculty of Medicine Unud.  He won a significant scholarship from the Netherlands and engaged in several teaching posts to pay his way to becoming a doctor.

After qualifying Dr Nyandra worked at the Puskesmas Hospital and then at Wangaya Hospital.

Determined to increase his education level, after attaining his qualifications as a Psychiatric Medicine Specialist at Unud's Alma Mater, Dr Nyandra then went on to pursue and attain his Doctorate.

Dr Nyandra continues to this day, practicing as a consultant psychiatrist, learning and teaching.

He has been the trusted Chancellor of the Dhyana Pura University since 2011.

Dr Nyandra is an affable, highly skilled Psychiatrist and we at Daisy Retreat are delighted to work in conjunction with him.

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