On the subject of caregivers caring for themselves. Has anyone heard of DBT therapy?
My therapist suggested I join a DBT group because I often feel I lose all focus on my own goals and often mundane things can really stress me out especially things that I deal with day in and day out with my adult sz son that lives with me.
She described the group as a kind of “mindfulness” class…but I looked it up and there is a whole lot more to it than that. I went to my first session today, a small group of about 10 people and I really felt unusually “at home” there.
Everyone had a story and everyone had varied reactions to their own life’s realities that were counter productive for them and this class (in time) is expected to help anyone change whatever behaviors or counter productive thought processes they possess that drag them down or hold them up in their life goals or ability to be at peace or feel happy. I have to say as a person who usually always shies away from any kind of “group” style therapy I really liked it and I was really impressed at the subjects that came up and how responsive and interactive everyone was and there was an overall air of genuine acceptance and a complete void of judgement which was really very nice.
I am certain that DBT would not work for my sz son however for 2 reasons 1/ he doesn’t believe he has any problems that need improvement and 2/ he has a relatively low level of cognition. I do, however, think it will help me (eventually) -I see the potential and I plan to keep going (it’s once a week for 90 minutes)… I consider this therapy, both individual and group to be my way of self care. Just wanted to share that. Here is a link that explains it if anyone is interested in reading about it.