This may include difficulty with relationships, misuse of alcohol, drugs or prescribed/over-the-counter medication, other kinds of self-harm, under or over-eating, or isolating yourself.
In particular, we can help you if you're having difficulty accessing effective and relevant services.
We run the 'TASTE' group for Tameside and Stockport, and the 'ORB' group for Oldham, Rochdale and Bury.
Referrals are made by health and social care professionals only (more on the criteria below).
The DTC model is a form of group therapy which “emphasises the role of attachment”.
We aim to create a culture of enquiry, to explore all behaviours, thoughts and emotions. This can be used to form relationships between all members of the DTC, empowering you to take responsibility for yourself and each other.
“This has been synthesised into a simple developmental model of emotional development, where the task of the therapeutic community is to recreate a network of close relationships much like a family, in which deeply ingrained behavioural patterns, negative cognitions and adverse emotions can be re-learned”. (Association of Therapeutic Communities).
The therapy comprises of an introduction group (six sessions), the main therapy group (one day per week for 12 months), and a voluntary peer support group for people when they leave therapy.
To be eligible to join the democratic therapeutic community you must have a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, or experience at least five of the following symptoms:
You need to have a care co-ordinator or have had some exposure to mental health services, either psychological treatment, prior group treatment, or psychiatric care (in or out patient).
You also need to want to work on changing your behaviour and understanding yourself through the input of others.
You will need to access transport to attend the group on a regular basis.
Our service is not normally open to those with a primary diagnosis of schizophrenia (or other psychotic disorders), bipolar disorder, dementia, those with moderate learning disability, or those who have a history of sexual offences.
If you meet our referral criteria, you can apply to join us using this application form.
Your mental health professional or care coordinator may complete this with you.
We've also made a flow chart which outlines the application process. Click here to view it.
These documents have more information about us and what to expect during sessions:
Spring Hill Building
Tameside General Hospital
Tel: 0161 716 3276
Fax: 0161 716 3275
Parking Available: Yes
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.