Groups are available for people living with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.
Groups are designed from a clinical framework. They aim to educate and skill-build around ways to more effectively manage the mental health side of diabetes. The below groups are offered once monthly at my office in Rochester, New York. Groups cap at 10 members and cost $35 for each 1-hour session.
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Shout-out to all my fellow Adult-Onset Type 1s! This autoimmune version of diabetes involves a unique layer of effort and focus. Blood sugar shifts can be quick and frequent, leaving people living with Type 1 to always be on their game. The diagnosis is irreversible and stresses can be frequent, allowing for high risk of burnout. A different topic is covered each session of group, which includes education, skill building and discussion around common mental health struggles that people with Type 1 live with (ie. isolation, burnout, managing stress, building acceptance, etc).
Details: Thursdays @ 6pm (1x monthly)
Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes. But that certainly doesn't mean it's easy. Type 2 can still feel incredibly isolating and discouraging at times. Tracking blood sugar levels, dosing insulin, planning meals, staying active - it’s a lot to think about. It can leave you feeling run down, emotionally drained and completely overwhelmed. We often put a lot of emphasis on the physical management of diabetes, but that's only half the battle.
Details: Thursday @ 6pm (1x monthly)
Upcoming Groups & Workshops
Being a parent or primary caregiver for a child with Type 1 is a 24/7 gig. And, let's face it. That's exhausting! Even when your child isn't with you, it's hard not to worry. It's common for caregivers to wonder if their child is okay, or how his/her diabetes is being managed from afar. If you’re a caregiver for a child with T1D, it’s really important, both for your own health and the health and well-being of your child, to be aware of the signs of caregiver burnout and to take care of yourself. This group is open to caregivers who are struggling to find the balance, or just need some extra support in getting through to the next finger prick.
Need a respite from Diabetes? Many of us do! We can't always get rid of our diagnoses, but we CAN lean on our fellow Diabuddies for support and connection. Diabetes burnout is a real thing, and one that we need get real about real quick. Our lives can literally depend on it. So grab your coffee, matcha lattes and green teas. This is a group for Type 1s who need to chat with people who get it. Come with your frustrations or successes. We will always end this one on a hopeful note.
Shout-out to all my fellow Adult-Onset Type 1s! If you're anything like me, you were cruisin' through life then all of a sudden Diabetes hit you like a ton of bricks. There's really no ample time to welcome the T1 diagnosis into life, but there is something to be said about living for many years Diabetes-free then shifting suddenly into a world of limitations, needles and counting. Did anyone else learn math via carb counting? Topics covered include coping with lifestyle changes, how to ask for and offer support, and building acceptance around living with Diabetes.
Calling all teens! I know you're savvy with connecting to online communities. Although, we don't always know the best ways to connect with those who understand our Diabetes struggles. It's tough being a teen, and it can be harder to feel "normal" with daily trips to the nurses office and making sure your BGs are in a good place before sitting for your science test. In this group, you are among lots of cool people like you.
The support of loved ones is a huge indicator for how well someone manages their diabetes. While friends and family members often want to help, many are left feeling unsure how to respond to a meal with a side of syringes, or what to do when your person with diabetes has suddenly presented as Mr. Hyde due to an unpredictable blood sugar dip. Whether your loved one is living with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, this group provides skills and support to help you feel less overwhelmed and more empowered.
Research has consistently shown a strong connection between diabetes, anxiety and depression. Whether stress is impacting your blood sugars, or you've become anxious about monitoring blood sugars, or you feel like no one understands and have become depressed, there are ways to treat. This is not a processing group. Here, we learn and implement skills that help cope with anxiety and/or depression. This group is available for those living with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.
Being diagnosed and treated for gestational diabetes can change your pregnancy experience overnight. It impacts different women differently, though will almost certainly involves extra doctor's appointments and healthcare checks. Some mamas become anxious about their babies, while others feel overwhelmed about changing their diets or taking medication. Some feel a sense of loss for the type of pregnancy or birth that they hoped for – although many women who have gestational diabetes do go on to have a normal delivery. This is a group of women who are living with gestational diabetes.
This group is available for those who have been diagnosed or are supporting someone who has been diagnosed with Diabetes within the past year. Topics covered include coping with lifestyle changes, how to ask for and offer support, and understanding how Diabetes impacts daily living.