At CHARTER we listen carefully to your needs and tailor a treatment programme accordingly to achieve your goals. This may include any number or combination of the various services we can provide at a pace, and price, you can manage. Thus our treatment programmes are flexible and interact meaningfully with one another to provide the most comprehensive support available that adapts according to your need. This means that it is possible to start treatment on our highly successful flagship Intensive Outpatient Programme (IOP), and complete on a bespoke Aftercare Programme that targets your needs, accommodating your availability due to work commitments for example.
The experienced multi-disciplinary team works cooperatively across the therapeutic programmes and communicates regularly around each client’s care plan and progress in handover meetings, Clinical Coordination and Clinical Supervision.
Without doubt the most effective way to treat addiction, group therapy fractures isolation and shame through identification and dynamic work. A great source of shared experience, strength and hope, many are initially nervous of attending group therapy, but most report it to be the most beneficial part of their experience with us by far. As well as our Intensive Outpatient Programme, we have a whole series of other groups to support clients after they finish the IOP and or to compliment the IOP. These include Family Group, the Men’s and Women’s Groups and the relevant weekly Focal Groups. The CHARTER method is a programme of action. We do look at the past but our attention is never far from right now, always helping you to see that change is possible – in fact that it’s already happening.
A Focal Group is a 60 minute group that is dedicated to an aspect of emotional difficulty and/or recovery. Facilitated by an experienced therapist, and with up to 5 clients attending, these groups provide an intimate opportunity to really get to grips with an aspect of your recovery process and learn where you can make the changes essential to your well-being and happiness. Taking place several times over the week these groups currently focus on eating disorders, boundaries, intimacy, emotional self-regulation, gender specific issues, resentment & the drama triangle and 12-step recovery. At £50 per group, Focal Groups are a cost-effective and productive addition to individual or couples / family therapy and can be introduced to your therapeutic careplan as and when required. As with all our group therapy services we require you to be abstinent from all mood altering chemicals (excect by proven prescription), and our 48hr cancellation policy also applies.
All Focal Groups are £50 per group, minimum commitment 4 weeks, paid in advance.
We do ask our clients to attend 12-step meetings and to talk in group about what happens when they go there. Some people take to 12-step very easily; some really don’t like the idea of it. We believe attending 12-step meetings can speed up your recovery and provide you with a free, internationally available source of support after you leave the IOP. We insist you try them and if you don’t go on to choose them you have a really good idea of why.
This group is to help people who are giving and caring to a fault – to learn how to love and take care of themselves so they can give from a place of nourishment. Too often we meet family members and partners who are running on empty, at the end of their tether and desperate for help. Often this comes even as they believe they have already changed and are looking after themselves. It is incredibly difficult to get well fully from codependence as at its core is a need to not need, but to be needed instead. Converting this is the greatest challenge but can be deeply rewarding as your gift to care for others is liberated to become unconditional and crucially to include yourself.
Monday 12:00 – 13:00
These are designed to support people seeking recovery from eating disorders to get the specialised support and attention they deserve to get well from this incredibly challenging form of addiction. The primary group helps people to successfully get into recovery with an emphasis achieving sustainable sobriety. The secondary group supports people to maintain that sobriety whilst getting into recovery where they can enjoy life and food again so have a focus on the core characteristics of addiction and ‘top lines’ – ie pleasure! Both these focal groups are designed to work alongside the IOP.
Monday 14:45 – 15:45 (secondary)
Wednesday 12:00 – 13:00 (primary)
These groups focus on how you give and receive in relationship, on your experience of intimacy, sex and love. The work considers early attachment experience as an important influence in how you relate later in life, helping you to find ways to change patterns that don’t work and to develop patterns that do. There is also a strong focus on healthy communication and good self-care.
Tuesday 14.30 – 15.30 (gender specific)
A hugely popular group supporting families around addiction and parenting with education and practical and emotional support.
Tuesday 19.00 – 20.30
Often the caretakers of the family, many women find themselves ‘running on empty’ as they prioritise others, often neglecting themselves. This is particularly relevant when there is addiction in the family. This group will help you to consider your needs, and your role in relationships as a woman – as a mother, a wife, a sister and a daughter. You will be able to explore the influences that have shaped you and challenge those that no longer work for you. This intimate group will help you to develop more effective communication and to vastly improve your self care.
A scheduled programme of group therapy following treatment or in committed early recovery that supports a robust and sustainable recovery in a thriving community.
Wednesday 19.00 – 20.30
For those who are interested in exploring and unravelling patterns that cause unhappiness, this group will help you develop a deeper insight into how and why you feel or behave in a particular way, encouraging a compassionate approach to sustainable change.
Tuesday 19.00 – 20.30 or Friday 1630 – 1800
Focusing on life as a man, and incorporating your experience as a father/brother/son this group supports men in recovery to develop a strong sense of valuable self. The group will focus on areas such as self-esteem, identity, healthy communication, dismantling shame, expressing anger appropriately and developing gratitude. This group works well as part of an aftercare programme.
Thursday 10:00 – 11:00
An experiential response to the effects of trauma, including dissociation and addiction, which engages with Stern’s work on Vitality Forms, Gendlin’s Focusing, different approaches to Mindfulness, aspects of CBT and REBT and serves as an ideal basis for EMDR work addressing post-traumatic symptoms, anxiety and other compromising conditions.
Friday 9.45 – 13.15
Designed to introduce family members, partners and loved ones to addiction and recovery at CHARTER which includes a comprehensive understanding of addiction as a relational disturbance encompassed in ‘The Core Characteristics’ as well as the recovery process known as ‘The Vertebrae’. Understanding these terms and the transformative process undertaken at CHARTER allows families and partners to stay connected to their loved one as they get into recovery, and many find answers for themselves too.
Friday 10:00 – 11:00
If you are interested in joining one of our groups or would like some more information please complete this form and one of our trained team will get in touch with you.
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