Jan 19

Support Group for Professionals with Bipolar Disorder

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When:    Wednesdays – 6:15 to 7:45 – every other week

Where:  918 9½ St., NE., C’Ville 22902

 

Leader:  Russ Federman, Ph.D., ABPP

Cost:       $75 per month

Contact Info:

Phone: (434) 962-7495

E-mail: rfederman1@gmail.com

While bipolar disorder has received increasing attention through the media over the last five years, it is still the case that adults with the disorder often feel very alone, stigmatized and misunderstood by others who know little about bipolar disorder.   Such can particularly be the case in professional work settings where being open about one’s disorder may cause others to have concerns about one’s employment-related stability and work performance.

The support group provides an opportunity for these feelings to be offset through a strong sense of understanding, empathy and inclusion from other individuals who live with the disorder and struggle with similar issues.  The group meets every other Wednesday evening and has an upper limit of eight individuals.  Confidentiality, respect and safety in relation to membership identity and personal information disclosed are strongly emphasized throughout the group process.

Criteria for Potential Inclusion in the Group:

  • Group members must already have the diagnosis of bipolar I or II and be accepting of the diagnosis (should not attend if they are doubtful about it).
  • Group members must be able to assure confidentiality with regard to other members’ identities and the content of self-disclosure that will occur in the group.
  • Group members must have the capacity for trust and open sharing of personal information.
  • Group members must have a current relationship with a prescribing psychiatrist and/or a psychotherapist (these can be the same).  If a therapy relationship is not currently in place, a group member must have the capability/willingness to see Dr. Federman individually if needed.
  • Group members must have the capacity to commit to consistent twice-monthly attendance.