Therapeutic support group; for relatives of individuals who suffer from mental illness
January 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The aim of the group is to create a safe space for people who are caring for, living with and/ or want to know more about how to support relatives who suffer from a mental illness. The group shall have 10 sessions which revolve around different themes such as: supporting a relative in a moment of crisis, dealing with experiences of guilt, shame, and frustration, adjusting to new roles in the family, and preventing carer burnout, amongst other themes. This group, which shall be a closed group, is inviting people who would like to gain more knowledge and awareness about mental illness whilst also having the chance to talk openly about their experiences. The group members shall also have the opportunity to understand the experiences of individuals who are also facing this reality. This is a good opportunity to get to know other people and make new connections.
The group facilitators have over 7 years of experience working with people who suffer from mental illness. They have worked with individuals and families in residential settings, on an outreach level in the community, and also in private practice. For 5 of the 10 sessions, they shall also be joined by other professionals who work in the psychology and social work field who will be guest speakers discussing specific topics in their area of expertise.
Rebecca is a Family Therapist trained in the Systemic Approach. Following her work in the field of community mental health, Rebecca developed an interest in the experiences and needs of families and loved ones of persons who have a diagnosis of mental illness. This is an area that Rebecca had also researched during her studies at Masters Level, which continued to widen her knowledge on the subject. She is also interested in the promotion of general wellbeing through positive family relationships, for instance, supporting coping and adaptation to changes and stressors that families face, dealing with conflict, and fostering supportive and safe family relationships. Rebecca also values highly the promotion of wellbeing through the strengthening of other relationships that are outside a person’s family, including the relationships developed in the context of work, with peers in schools, and also through friendships.
Claire Borg is a Psychotherapist who works mostly with adolescents and adults who are experiencing mental health difficulties such as Depression, Anxiety, and other ailments relating to trauma, bereavement, strained relationships, and burnout, among other issues. Claire graduated with an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Malta. She then continued to further her studies by obtaining a Post-graduate diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy and then proceeded to attain a Master’s degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy. Claire has also collaborated with the Head of the Psychology department at the University of Malta to write a monograph about stress, health and coping strategies which was then published by the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health. Apart from seeing clients in therapy, Claire also gives talks, workshops and training about mental illness, self-care and general well-being.