The group is a welcoming online space to relax with others, regardless of age, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, beliefs, disabilities, life experiences and current circumstances. It’s a non-judgemental place to be listened to and connect with others who will understand. The group usually welcomes 6-8 participants and is led by Recovery Code X facilitators and supported by trained volunteers.
We have limited membership of the group to our local area of Bedfordshire and neighbouring counties of Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire in order to keep the group safe.
We have now reached full capacity and unable to accept any further registrations. If you would like to be kept informed of further opportunities to join our peer support groups and other events you can subscribe to our e-newsletter, The Healing Well. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGISTRATIONS ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Dates: Last Thursday of each month.
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Duration: Two-hour sessions over a minimum of 5 months (longer subject to funding)
I have had all types of therapy: CBT, psychodynamic, counselling, it all left me feeling like I was wilfully refusing to fix myself. My trauma was so deeply engrained all I needed was compassion, empathy and a safe space to explore what my trauma had done to me. No therapist ever mentioned how I lived in flight, fight, freeze, fawn response and that I was ruled by hypervigilance or that I was trauma bonded to my abusers, so spent my life trying to fix everybody in order to feel safe. I searched my whole life to understand what was wrong with me, and once I discovered myself, that I had CPTSD and found Recovery Code X I found a flicker of hope.
The Chat 'n' Chill group is the only place where I have felt safe and felt understood. If I'd found this support in my younger years I think my life could have turned out differently. I wish this sort of support could be rolled out nationally. It would change lives, I have no doubt. Lots of people deal with some level of trauma and we should understand it as a society. Recovery Code X is a beacon of hope.
Chat 'n' Chill could be the group for you if:
You're self-identifying or diagnosed with mild to moderate Complex PTSD and grew up in a traumatising environment, where there was abuse, and you suffered abusive relationships as an adult.
You would like to meet a friendly group of other women with similar experiences, and reduce the isolation.
You're looking for a safe place to share progress on your healing and recovery.
Or you'd like to just “be”, listen and gain some insights and coping skills.
During a Chat ‘n’ Chill group session, we take each other into our confidence. Everything said is confidential. What is said within the group, stays within the group. The only exception is if a Recovery Code X group facilitator or volunteer believes that a participant or someone else is at risk of harm.
2. Sharing and discussion
We listen to and respect each other’s views. It is fine to share the impact of traumatic experiences and how these have made you feel, but we ask you not to share details of the abuse in the group.
3. Creating a safe space
We don’t judge each other, make personal comments or give advice. Sensitivity and compassionate behaviour are fundamental to creating a safe space for all.
4. No need to speak
We don’t want anyone to feel left out of discussions, but if you want to just listen and ‘be’, that is fine too.
5. Drugs and alcohol
If you attend a session under the influence of alcohol or drugs, one of the group facilitators will have to ask you to leave. Medication prescribed by a doctor is acceptable.
If you decide you would like to contact a group member outside the group, you have to obtain their permission. When friendships develop, each party extends permission to contact each other both implicitly and explicitly.
You need to be in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. All mobile phones must be switched off at the start.
During sessions, it is recommended that only first names are used. Even a pseudonym is okay.
Registered Office Address
Recovery Code X Community Interest Company
71-75 Shelton Street
London WC2H 9JQ
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Company Number 14656781
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