VB shows how helping each other is part of the journey
Whilst there are many challenges along the way, being part of our servicer users’ journey to a more independent life is a privilege that Heathcotes always appreciate. One of the real joys is seeing service users support each other in their journey. As well as being a kind and valuable gesture, it’s an act which reflects their own progress and development.
Witnessing that happen has certainly been one of the most rewarding sights in the case of VB, the latest service user to graduate from Heathcotes Moorgreen, our specialist personality disorder treatment service for individuals with Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder. VB arrived at Moorgreen 12 months ago and, having successfully completed a year-long residential therapy programme, she has now moved on to a more independent setting. She leaves with staff and service users full of praise for the way she has overcome her own challenges whilst helping others to overcome theirs.
Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder often involves very intense emotions and feelings of abandonment and loneliness which can result in difficulties in establishing stable relationships, impulsive acts, self-harm, life-threatening behaviour and admission to secure hospital accommodation. Heathcotes Moorgreen provides treatment for this complex condition through a specialist Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) programme which helps residents to understand their feelings and teaches them skills to manage their emotions and behaviour. It includes with a weekly skills group, weekly individual therapy and support in practicing skills through coaching from an individual therapist and Team Leader. All Moorgreen staff undertake specialist training in working with Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder and training in the skills learned in DBT to support the programme in the residential setting.
VB arrived at Moorgreen with a long road to recovery in front of her. There were some difficult times, but VB’s empathy shone through and her positive influence on the group became more and more apparent with each passing week. Heathcotes’ Clinical Psychologist, Dr Peter Burbidge, described VB’s contribution:
“I have many happy memories of VB’s time at Moorgreen - one particular memory is the calming influence that she had on the group, everything suddenly became much easier from the moment that she arrived. As well as this, VB has acted as a mentor and a role model to the other people in the house. She has demonstrated great compassion and wisdom when helping others.”
VB writes about her journey;
Well done, VB - and best wishes for the next exciting stage of your life!