Waves is a 12 month psychoeducational course for people with either a diagnosis or traits of Borderline Personality Disorder or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder.
Different health professionals may describe you as having either BPD or EUPD, although these are the same diagnosis.
The programme helps you build your confidence and self-esteem, enhancing a sense of personal responsibility in your recovery journey. The aim of sessions is to improve your daily life and empower you to achieve positive change. Through a structured and supportive programme you will learn about yourself, share your experiences and listen to other people in the group talk about their recovery, providing support for one another to find solutions to the challenges that you may face.
The groups offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. You are supported by Members of staff, Lived Experience Volunteers who have completed the programme themselves and activity assistants.
The programme has been developed on Andresen’s model of recovery, alongside DBT skills and incorporating the 3 interconnected elements of the Biopsychosocial model. It is carefully curated to be recovery focused, offering a diverse range of learning and social opportunities, whilst challenging the core traits of BPD/EUPD.
" Waves has helped me to make some progress that I’ve never been able to achieve before with other therapies.
Waves has given me the glimmer of hope I desperately needed to keep preserving and not give up. "
Get in touch
Due to the current situation we cannot take referrals as we are unable to confirm a start date for the new year, however, we are happy to answer any queries that you may have and will keep your details to keep you up to date with the situation as it unfolds.
Please note that we are not a crisis support service.
Please see our FAQs regarding the programme below.
If you feel like you are in need of urgent help and want to talk to someone you have the following options:
For urgent medical attention, you can call 999, visit Accident & Emergency (A&E) or make an Emergency GP appointment.
For urgent medical advice you can call the NHS on 111 (England).
You can talk to Samaritans anytime on 116 123 and this isn't just for those who are feeling suicidal.
If you are under 19 you can contact Childline about anything.
Whatever your worry, it is better out than in. Call 0800 1111.
" It’s given me a lifeline, a purpose to live for and something to wake up for in the morning.
It’s allowed me to challenge myself and embrace my recovery. "
- 12 month programme
- Runs either Monday or Wednesday in the centre of Norwich from 10am – 3:30pm
- Morning session focuses on self-development and learning, with topics including recovery, change, self-help and coping strategies
- Afternoon session dedicated to creative activities, socialising and trying something new.
" This year has been challenging but Waves has been like a support structure that has enabled me to rebuild myself in a way I wanted to but couldn’t for years.
I feel the best I’ve ever felt, and I am ready to create a life I will love. This has been everything I needed. "
Why is the course 12 months long?
We follow a course structure of 6 modules where each build on the other. This time also allows attendees to integrate the skills they learn in to their lives while being supported and building connections.
Does it cost anything?
Waves is a FREE programme, the only time you may need some money is if we go out in to the community and you wish to purchase food/drink.
Do I need a diagnosis of BPD/EUPD to apply for Waves?
No you don’t, we understand how difficult it can be to get a diagnosis for your mental health and therefore we welcome attendees who show traits of BPD.
Why not have a look at Mind’s BPD/EUPD information here
How do I get to Waves?
You will be expected to make your own way to attend the course each week, unfortunately we are unable to provide any financial support with this. Due to our city centre location there is ample parking and bus routes close by.
Does the programme stop for school holidays?
Unfortunately, due to the amount of content we have to cover we run through school holidays. You will be expected to arrange childcare for this.
We do not run on weeks that fall on a bank holiday Monday.
Can I bring someone with me?
We appreciate how new and scary coming to a group may be but, you would be expected to attend the session alone. This is part of starting your recovery journey and protecting the confidentiality of all group members. We have lots of support in place to help you feel at ease when you start.
" It has been a crutch for the last year and I have been overwhelmed with how much it has helped and how much I have changed.
I am eternally grateful for this course and will be the rest of my life. I hope I stay in contact with the many people I have made deep and meaningful connections with. "