After the success of our first pilot, which adapted Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (CBT-BDD) to a group setting for the first time, we are happy to announce that we will be running a similar programme again from the beginning of May.
The main feature of the group was that it combined the evidence-based therapeutic approaches with the lived-expertise of the group facilitators, which participants said was “inspiring”.
One participant who took part in the programme told us how much the group has helped them to overcome fear and anxiety related to their appearance, which has in the past held them back: “Before the group I was doing a lot of mirror checking and avoided leaving the house…now I’m not doing as much because I now know it makes me feel worse if I do it […] I’ve been able to see more friends, and I feel more confident about the future.”
Hannah Lewis, who is the Project Lead for the pilot, has said the following: “I’m really pleased with how successful the first pilot of the structured support group has been. It has been such a privilege to work with facilitators who have shared their own experiences of BDD and inspired others on the road to recovery. It has been really wonderful to see the participants engage with the therapy and overcome their anxieties – I’m now looking forward to helping even more people to overcome their BDD.”
In order to allow even more people with BDD to take part in this programme, the next iteration will be based online and for a longer period of 20 weeks.
If you would like to express an interest in joining the group or find out more information, please contact Hannah@bddfoundation.org