Audrey Grant came to work in Castle Craig from the Mediterranean island of Malta. She worked there for many years, running the Woman's Group at Castle Craig.
Audrey, who speaks fluent Arabic, Italian and Maltese, is now back in Malta where she works as an addiction therapist and promotes Castle Craig (you can see our Maltese language website here: castlecraig.com.mt)
Audrey explains that women tend to feel more shame and guilt than men, especially if there are children involved. One of the most difficult things for a woman to admit is "I've neglected my child", and this goes with the fear of being judged by the other members of the group. Another potential source of feeling guilt and shame is that some women feel they are not good daughters, that they have let down their parents. And if a woman has been sexually abused she is likely to blame herself.
"The beauty of it" says Audrey, "is when they start identifying with each other". When the patients start to realise that they're not alone and can realise "you've done the same thing as me...I'm not a bad person," they can work out ways of dealing with the past and moving on.
Part of the recovery process is "having a relationship with themselves" and starting to understand who they are. This enables the patients to forgive themselves and "hopefully forgive other people who have hurt them."
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