This is a support group for those living with BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder). This group is for those who are preoccupied and obsessed about a certain body part/s which interferes and paralyzes your life. Our goal is to restore our "self" into a fully accepted, truly happy and content person, and help you find recovery from the debilitating and destructive nature of BDD and other body image challenges. We understand that attending a BDD support group will be a challenge due to the nature of the disorder, but trust that showing up challenges the disorder and provides an opportunity to accept and change our way of thinking and to heal. We understand because we have BDD too, and we need this just as much as you because it is part of the healing process.
The gathering is all about being with others who can relate to you and understand what you're going through. The meeting will be a safe and supportive environment in which to share your feelings, frustrations or whatever is on your mind related to living with BDD (or other body image issues). Sharing our stories and experiences will be a big part of us getting together and healing together, and eventually we will use other resources to help us heal and move forward, with formats like the 12-step approach, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) practices, DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), as well as some spiritual practices for those who are open to that.
The meetings are free, but we do accept any free will donations to help cover any related costs of the group. We (Lon and myself) have more than 3 years of experience facilitating BDD meetings in Santa Cruz and Pleasanton. We've learned how to offer a meeting/gathering that is supportive, welcoming and compassionate. If you are interested, you can contact me, Tim, or Lon.