What's 'normal'? Supportive on-going therapy group
This group is for those who have family or friends affected by psychiatric illness. Growing up around or having experience of a loved one with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, often means the focus and attention goes to them. For those dealing with the grief, anger and sense of isolation, there is little left over.
Those left behind can become relentlessly resourceful and highly functioning, avoiding shame at all costs and finding it hard to show or express vulnerability. Others withdraw doing their best to be invisible in the world. Either way, we become accustomed to keeping our own needs to a minimum, often with an unspoken fear of when will it be me?
This is an opportunity to tell our stories, share experiences and knowledge, connect with others and discover resources available within us. We will look at how to prioritise our own issues and develop self-care techniques for life as well as in crisis, how we create and maintain boundaries and feel more solid in how we talk about our experience.
Spaces are limited to six participants. The group meets fortnightly on Friday evenings and for one full Saturday each term. An initial commitment of one term is required.
Summer 2017: Saturday 13th May, 10am to 5pm and
Fridays 6.30pm to 9pm, 26th May, 9th & 23rd June, 7th & 21st July, 4th August.
Autumn 2017: Saturday 16th September, 10am to 5pm and
Fridays 6.30pm to 9pm, 29th Sept, 13th & 27th October, 10th & 24th November, 8th December.
About the host
Natasha is a graduate of the Spectrum Centre for Humanistic Psychotherapy training programme and a practitioner there. She is BACP accredited and registered and has been a psychotherapist since 2006. Natasha has several family members with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and this group has come about as a result of her own experiences of this issue.