Workshops

We offer a variety of workshops and groups that use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you change your thinking and behaviour to better cope with events in your life.


Managing Emotions
The Managing Emotions workshop aims to help people to manage both depression and anxiety by providing a wide range of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques. The course runs for four sessions, with one 2-hour session per week. We can also provide an individual follow up appointment to help you to tailor these skills to your own situation if needed. CBT can be seen as a way to develop a 'toolbox' of skills to manage your own wellbeing.

Course aims:

  • Provide information on depression and anxiety
  • Introduce you to the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy model
  • Explore how the way we behave and think can affect our emotions and how we feel and provide techniques to manage this
  • Discuss excessive worry and how to manage it
  • Cover a number of other areas such as how to improve sleep, relaxation and general wellbeing tips.


Managing Depression
Our Managing Depression group aims to help people suffering from low mood and/or depression to learn a number of basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills to help them cope with the way they're feeling and improve their quality of life. This workshop runs for three to four weeks, with 1.5 hour sessions a week.

Course aims:

  • Provide information about the CBT model and depression
  • Explore any hopes and fears and teach you how to set and achieve realistic goals
  • Provide information about the benefits of activities and discuss which are most likely to improve your mood
  • Increase motivation by teaching you how to plan and schedule activities
  • Explore how thoughts can affect how we feel physically and emotionally
  • Identify that certain thinking styles can be unhelpful and learn how to develop balanced thinking


We aim to make each individual feel empowered, understood, safe and less isolated. To get the most from our workshop members are encouraged to practice the skills taught between each session.


Managing Anxiety
Suffering from high levels of anxiety can have a substantial impact on a person's day to day life. It can affect how you feel, think and behave. Our Managing Anxiety workshop runs for three to four weeks and teaches strategies to help you manage and overcome these feelings. Members meet on a weekly basis for 1.5-hours.

Course aims:

  • Provide information on the nature of anxiety
  • Explain the role of avoidance in anxiety
  • Explore how our thoughts and actions can affect how anxious we feel
  • To teach strategies and techniques to manage and reduce feelings of anxiety
  • To learn how to overcome and/or reduce the intensity and frequency of panic attacks
  • Teach you how to manage anxiety via graded exposure and goal planning


Feeling Good
The Feeling Good group aims to help people with a mild or borderline learning difficulties who are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety or depression learn some basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques to help them in coping with and managing their mood. These skills will include increased self-understanding by exploring what a feeling, a behaviour and a thought are and how they all link together. There is some psycho-education about anxiety and depression, help in setting goals and understanding triggers and some ways for managing resulting problems. The focus for coping will will mainly be on managing behaviours and emotions, but we also explore how to manage unhelpful thoughts. The group will also involve sharing the learnt skills with a support person, be that staff or family in order that they might assist the person with a learning difficulty in putting new skills into practice.

The group programme consists of ten sessions delivered weekly. The length of each session is 2 hours with a refreshment break of 15 minutes included.

Managing Worry (General Anxiety Disorder)
This course aims to help people explore and manage symptoms of generalised anxiety and problematic worry using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles and techniques. The course runs for three to four weeks, with 1.5 hour sessions each week.

Course aims:

  • Provide information on the nature of generalised anxiety
  • Increase awareness of worry
  • Help you recognise and overcome unhelpful responses to uncertainty
  • Help you recognise and challenge their beliefs about worry
  • Teach you helpful coping strategies to help with worry


Changing Perspectives
Changing Perspectives is a workshop that is suitable for people experiencing stress, depression or anxiety. Although people are encouraged to talk and participate no-one is ever forced. The workshop is a safe and non-judgemental environment to learn ways to manage the way you feel by making helpful alterations to the way you think and the things you do. Sometimes the things we do that seem helpful in that moment of distress actually prolong and maintain the problem long term. Members of the group are given the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of what maintains their problems and what they can do to overcome them or make them better. This workshop provides its members with Cognitive Behavioural skills for life.

Course aims:

  • Managing unhelpful thoughts with thought records
  • Managing worry
  • Managing unhelpful behaviours via activity scheduling and goal planning
  • Managing unhelpful behaviours via exposure
  • Managing unhelpful thoughts with behavioural experiments
  • Managing difficult emotions
  • Sleep management


Mothers Wellbeing
Our Mothers Wellbeing workshop is for antenatal and postnatal women. This group offers the chance for new mothers to talk about their experiences of pregnancy, birth and early motherhood. We aim to help to reduce feelings of isolation which can occur with antenatal or postnatal depression and anxiety. The group offers a supportive place to challenge unrealistic beliefs and unrealistic expectations about yourself and motherhood.You will learn how certain behaviours, thinking patterns and situations may be contributing to difficulties with depression. We also provide opportunities to learn new skills to address unhelpful thinking habits or beliefs and to develop self-compassion. Each session runs weekly for 1.5-hours (limited free crèche facilities are available).

Overcoming OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
The Overcoming OCD workshop aims to help people manage their obsessions and compulsions by covering and exploring a wide range of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills and techniques. CBT encourages people to become their own therapist by acquiring skills that have worked well for other people with similar experiences in the past. This workshop consists of eight 2-hour weekly sessions.

Course topics:

  • Psycho-education on OCD and anxiety
  • Socialisation to the Cognitive Behavioural Model
  • Exploring how we think and behave can impact how we feel emotionally and physically
  • Relaxation and visualisation
  • How to challenge unhelpful thoughts
  • Behavioural Experiments
  • Exposure techniques to anxiety provoking situations to increase tolerance
  • Activity Scheduling
  • Stress and Relapse Prevention


Overcoming Depression
Our Overcoming Depression workshop helps people suffering form low mood and/or depression to learn a number of basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills to help them cope with the way they're feeling and improve the quality of their life. The group differs from our Managing Depression course as it runs for six sessions. It aims to treat individuals experiencing more severe symptoms of low mood and depression. The group meets weekly for 1.5 hours.

Course topics:

  • Providing information on what depression is, its impact and how it’s maintained
  • Introducing the CBT model
  • Activity scheduling, to help you learn the importance of activity in the management of your depression
  • Identifying moods and how they differ in different situations
  • Identifying automatic thoughts
  • Identifying different thinking styles and how these may be unhelpful
  • How to challenge unhelpful thoughts and achieve balanced thinking
  • Goal planning


Overcoming Anxiety
Our Overcoming Anxiety workshop helps people experiencing high levels of anxiety to learn a number of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills to reduce the debilitating feelings of stress, panic and worry. The workshop runs for six sessions. The length of each session is 1.5 hours and members meet on a weekly basis.

Course aims:

  • Provide information on the nature of anxiety
  • Explain the role of avoidance in anxiety
  • Teach exposure techniques to anxiety provoking situations to increase tolerance
  • Teach distraction and relaxation techniques
  • Explore how our thoughts and actions can affect how anxious we feel
  • Teach you strategies and techniques to manage and reduce feelings of anxiety
  • Share how to overcome and/or reduce the intensity and frequency of panic attacks
  • Teach you how to manage anxiety via goal planning.

 

Wellbeing
The Wellbeing workshop is a psycho-educational course which consists of 5 sessions which last 2 hours each. We cover different topics and techniques that will help you to manage and overcome symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. There is no pressure to speak in front of other people at the workshop, some people prefer to just listen. After the workshop has ended everyone has the opportunity to have an individual treatment session over the phone to review your progress or support you further.


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