Welcome to Aftercare, Nightingale Hospital’s free support groups for patients who have completed their inpatient and/or day therapy programmes. At Nightingale Hospital London we understand that there can be challenges when applying the insights and skills you’ve acquired in treatment back in your real life. Even though we know that many of you will carry on your work with individual therapy, we would like to further help with your transition by providing these free groups for one year following your discharge.
Addictions Aftercare – Tuesdays 6.30-8.00pm
Eating Disorders Aftercare – Tuesdays 6.30-8.00pm
General Psychiatry/CBT/IPT – Wednesday 6.00-7.30pm
The purpose is to provide support and encouragement in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Like the groups you participated in during treatment you are encouraged to share your feelings and experiences with the group. In Aftercare, we welcome tribulation as well as trial. Hearing how others are beginning to conquer their problems one week can give hope and possibly useful ideas to others who are struggling. There is usually a strong bond between the aftercare members, who are great at welcoming new members. It can be very useful to people just returning to work or practicing different interpersonal skills to get feedback from other members who have gone through similar experiences.
Aftercare has as much laughter at times as it has tears – often both in the same session, as people learn healthier acceptance of themselves and their feelings. Anything can be brought to the group, however, some problems you may need to focus on with your therapist or consultant. Again the intention is support and encouragement – not a substitute for therapy. However, anyone who has come regularly will know that people often provide honest and sometimes direct feedback with the intent of helping others in the group who seem stuck.
Members are encouraged to take responsibility for using the time that they need and to be mindful of treating others with compassion and positive regard. We understand the difficulty with balancing work and family commitments, therefore we don’t mind if for some reason you occasionally have to arrive late. If you need to leave a little early, just let the group know at the beginning.
Hope to see you in Aftercare,