People who lose their sight experience both physical and emotional changes which can affect their personal well being. Thus, counseling is helpful in addressing the following areas:
1. Adjustment to vision loss
2. Occupation, education and recreation
3. Marriage, family and other relationships
Individuals who become visually impaired must develop a tremendous amount of acceptance and adjust to the new way in which they now deal with their world. Thus, counseling is important in helping not only the individual, but also families to adjust and to be optimistic about the future. At SDCB, we are committed to providing individuals, groups and families the counseling they need in order to adjust to vision loss.
Licensed clinical psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, social workers and rehabilitation counselors provide ongoing therapy, counseling and social services to individuals adjusting to their vision. Our highly skilled clinical staff works closely with individuals and develops a course of treatment that is uniquely suited to the needs of the client.
The Three Types of Groups to Support an Independent Lifestyle
In order to enable blind and vision impaired clients to remain independent, we also offer three types of support groups.
The San Diego Center for the Blind offers a number of support groups to assist the individual as they move into a more independent lifestyle. Small group sessions cover a wide range of topics from dealing with anger and frustration, how to communicate with others, how to maintain a positive outlook towards life, and more.
Due to the high rate of diabetes among the visually impaired population, this is a group designed specifically for visually impaired people with diabetes. We discuss self-monitoring, diet and exercise, and ways to adopt healthy lifestyles.
Being able to actually utilize newly learned skills and techniques in their community is the ultimate goal and true test of living as independently as possible. Our transition group focuses on life after being a part of the San Diego Center for the Blind and focuses on helping each client make their own personal transition back into their communities.