This exploratory weekend workshop is for those who have a family member or friend with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or psychotic illness.
Growing up around or having experience of a loved one with severe mental illness frequently 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 the 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 what our experience has been.
The workshop leader is Natasha Curnock.
If you are interested in participating or want further information, please call Natasha on 07814 002705 or email Natasha@thepsychotherapygroup.co.uk Spaces are limited to six participants.
About the host
Natasha is a graduate of the Spectrum training programme and is a Spectrum practitioner. She is BACP accredited and registered and has been a psychotherapist since 2006. Natasha has four siblings diagnosed with schizophrenia and this workshop has come about as a result of her own experiences of this issue