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Does anyone else attend group therapy?

Davey Blueeyes

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Thanks to my dual BP & BPD diagnosis I get drugs for the BP (apparently that's all BP people get!) and therapy for my BPD, which is quite complex.

I had about 15 months of 1:1 therapy to basically get me ready for group therapy. I am six months into three years of group therapy. There are six in my group with two therapists.

I would love to hear the experiences of others of this. To be honest I feel lucky to be getting so much good therapy on the NHS although I was initially very sceptical about moving from 1:1 to group therapy
 
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Hi,
Just wanted to wish you luck with your group therapy. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Take care
 
mami5

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Hi Davey, been a while! Hope you're ok. :hug: xxxxx

I attend DBT group therapy. It used to be ok, but I'm struggling a lot lately and really don't want to go, but have to if I'm to continue with any therapy. Three years is a long time, what kind of therapy is it?
 
Davey Blueeyes

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Hi mami, yes, it has been a long time, too long. Thank you for your warm welcome back x

The therapy is primarily Mentalisation-based therapy (MBT). It can be very challenging and exhausting sometimes. It can be very raw but it feels like I am (or rather what I believe the world to be) slowly being deconstructed so I can be put back together the right way! I heartily recommend it for personality disorders yet everyone in the group initially resisted it.

It really helps to do this in a group setting. The way we share takes a real effort.
 
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I'm glad you've been offered therapy that seems to be working for you. Think the raw ones, even though very difficult, are sometimes the best, as they strip everything down, and start again somehow. I have been offered schema therapy when I finish DBT. Have discussed it and approached it already, but I'm not stable enough for it at the moment. That too will be very raw and take me right back to my childhood, re- parent me, and start again, hopefully, healthier. It will be done in one to one setting, which I prefer.

good luck with your MBT. :hug: xxxxx
 
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HI Davey, i attend group therapy also. Mines based mostly on the therapeutic community model and is a small step down form inpatient at a therapeutic community in my city.

We do a little bit of mentalization bases therapy, some DBT skills are intcluded, we also do Rt therapy- but mostly we are a group of about 8 or so patients with 3 fulltime staff members and one part time psychiatrist. majority of us in my group have PD's which makes therapy in itself hard.
 
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I do think that there is some very good group therapy now for EmotionalIntensity Disorder;however,it takes several years and failures of treatment to be able to access it. I have been through schema type therapy but have complex needs and am now on a waiting list for a personalities disorders therapeutic community. I am expecting this to be very challenging and not quite sure what to expect but I am desparate for this opportunity and it is essential for my personal road to recovery. This is after years of counselling on and off and tons of medication.
 
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Thanks to my dual BP & BPD diagnosis I get drugs for the BP (apparently that's all BP people get!) and therapy for my BPD, which is quite complex.

I had about 15 months of 1:1 therapy to basically get me ready for group therapy. I am six months into three years of group therapy. There are six in my group with two therapists.

I would love to hear the experiences of others of this. To be honest I feel lucky to be getting so much good therapy on the NHS although I was initially very sceptical about moving from 1:1 to group therapy
Hello,

I am starting DBT soon, as that will include a 1:1 session per week as well as a group session, its scary because O can not help but feel being around people who have similar tendencies as myself could be really triggering? Its very scary....
 
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