What we're about
This is a support group for friends and family members of people who suffer from invisible disabilities - disorders of mood or personality; learning disorders and autism spectrum disorders; anxiety disorders, addictions and certain medical illnesses. It is painful to see loved ones suffering and to feel powerless to help. Too often, the 'designated patient' is angry and blameful, contributing to a vicious interpersonal downward spiral.
This is a therapy group for helping to alleviate the stress that friends and caregivers experience. Parents need to find ways to maintain their equilibrium in order to help their struggling children. Partners and spouses of people with severe disabilities often question whether they should stay in these relationships. Children whose parents have these disorders often have complicated issues that carry over into adulthood.
Sharing experiences with others who've 'been there' helps to undo hopelessness and isolation. I'm an individual and group therapist, supervisor, and training analyst and I've learned to incorporate mindfulness techniques into my therapeutic work. I have also worked for decades as an advocate of families with invisible disabilities. I'll be offering specific therapeutic, behavioral, and mindfulness-based approaches to living more fully and more peacefully, no matter how challenging life continues to be.