Do you have a family member, partner, or friend who is experiencing symptoms of psychosis? Are you looking for information to help you better understand what they are going through? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the sudden behavioral changes and unsure how to navigate the mental health system and get the best care for your loved one?
Having a family member with severe illness can be hard to cope with. You may feel lonely and be experiencing a sense of loss, but you do not have to go through it alone.
My hope is to provide you with a network of support and assist you in working through the tough moments in a way that feels manageable for you.
The Comprehensive Family Support Program for Psychosis is different than a support group or traditional counseling.
This structured program brings multiple families together to learn about mental health symptoms in order to better work together towards recovery, healing, mental well-being, and to reduce risks associated with relapses.
NAMI says, “I’ve been there.”
A support group says, “Man, that’s rough.”
The CFS Program says, “Here’s what you do.”
This program is specifically for individuals who have a family member, partner, or friend who is currently struggling with psychosis. We will focus primarily on psychoeducation and problem-solving together so you can better help your loved one who is struggling with psychosis.
My hope is to help establish and activate the family’s important role in this process, improve social skills, reduce stressors, and reduce the risk of relapse or hospitalization for your loved one.
Some of the topics covered in the CFS Program include:
- Information on psychosis and schizophrenia
- Information on different treatment services
- Information on crisis care
- Understanding the family effect
- Problem solving together
- Decreasing stigma related to psychosis
- Resources and additional support
This program offers concrete problem solving that you will put into practice during the course of 7 weeks. You’ll meet with myself and other families for one hour each week, but the skills and information you gather will last a lifetime.
I have extensive training in providing individual and family therapy using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) approach. I have also been trained in William McFarlane’s Multi-Family Group (MFG) approach and utilize both CBTp and MFG in this program.
I formerly worked as the primary clinician in San Mateo County’s Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis Program. I provided CBT for psychosis therapy to individuals and MFG support for their families. I’ve also trained other mental health workers from multiple counties in how to utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis techniques in working with their clients.
If you are interested in participating in this program please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 858-376-7580.
The program includes a total of 7 sessions (2 individual appointments and 5 group meetings). Cost for the program is $800 per family.
Families can be represented by a minimum of 1 consistent attendee and all family members are welcome to attend. Please no small children. Insurance is not accepted.