Currently Chris isn’t getting any kind of Therapy at all, Psychotherapy was deemed far too risky unless in a managed, controlled environment, but they couldn’t/wouldn’t? Provide the two together, so this left him unsuitable. Also after his assessment for psychotherapy it was made clear they had an 8month waiting list! The only other thing he has been offered but we are still waiting to hear about is him attending a Therapeutic Community, but 5months after he filled all the forms in with his Social Worker, no one can tell us what is going on with regards to that. So at the moment Chris is relying solely on medication, which as most people know doesn’t solve everything itself, all the time.
I remember though when Chris was first referred to the Psychotherapy services, the doctor who referred him, from the Crisis team said to us both ‘they will explain to you that you might get worse before it helps but that’s part of the process’ Now at the time the only way things could get worse was Chris dying, so it came as no surprise that they deemed Chris too high risk to start such therapy in the mental state he was in. After most of the assessments he had ended up in hospital after taking overdoses because he couldn’t deal with the emotional pain he was in. It was almost a relief in a way when they told us that this wasn’t the best way to go at the moment because I knew that myself alone couldn’t keep Chris safe when he was unable to keep himself safe.
I will keep you up to date about the Therapeutic Community though.