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

This workshop aims to help you manage both depression and anxiety by providing a wide range of cognitive behavioural techniques that allow you to develop a 'toolbox' of skills to manage your own wellbeing.

The course runs for four sessions, with one two hour session per week. We can provide an individual follow up appointment to help you to tailor these skills to your own situation if needed.

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

This workshop aims to help people suffering from low mood and/or depression learn a number of basic cognitive behavioural skills to help them cope with the way they're feeling and improve their quality of life.

The course runs for three to four weeks and sessions last one and a half hours.

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 you 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. This workshop will help you develop strategies to manage and overcome these feelings.

The course runs for three to four weeks and meets on a weekly basis for one and a half 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

This workshop aims to help people with borderline learning difficulties who are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety or depression learn some basic cognitive behavioural techniques to help them cope with and manage 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 you in putting new skills into practice.

The group programme consists of ten two hour sessions. A 15 minute refreshment break is included.

Managing worry

This workshop aims to help people explore and manage symptoms of generalised anxiety and problematic worry using cognitive behavioural principles and techniques.

The course runs for three to four weeks and sessions last one and a half hours.

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

This 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.

You will be given the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of what maintains your problems and what you can do to overcome them or make them better.

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

This workshop is for antenatal and postnatal women and offers the chance for new mothers to talk about their experiences of pregnancy, birth and early motherhood. We aim to help 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 one and a half hours (limited free crèche facilities are available).

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

This workshop aims to help you manage your obsessions and compulsions by covering and exploring a wide range of cognitive behavioural 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.

The course consists of eight two 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

This workshop helps people suffering from low mood and/or depression to learn a number of basic cognitive behavioural skills to help them cope with the way they're feeling and improve the quality of their life. It differs from our managing depression workshop as it runs for six sessions and aims to treat individuals experiencing more severe symptoms of low mood and depression. The group meets weekly for one and a half 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

This workshop helps people experiencing high levels of anxiety learn a number of cognitive behavioural skills to reduce the debilitating feelings of stress, panic and worry. The workshop runs for six sessions that last one and a half hours. 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

This workshop is a psycho-educational course which consists of five sessions which last two 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.

Benefits of our workshops

Our range of group workshops and courses are an excellent way to go through problems with others. Our sessions focus on your current problems and will provide you with practical tools to help you on a daily basis.

Mutual support and connecting with others
Our group workshops allow you to meet with other people, helping you combat the isolation you may feel and provide a sense of belonging. The sessions can help you realise that others have similar experiences, worries and problems and that you're not alone in the way you're thinking/feeling.

Learning from others
The therapists will teach you the Cognitive Behavioural model and various CBT skills. In a group you will also learn from the experiences of other group members. Group members can share their different coping strategies and can help each other improve their problem-solving skills.

Boosts motivation
The support and encouragement you receive during the group sessions can help boost your motivation to use the practical skills you have learnt on a daily basis. This combined with seeing each other practice and benefit from using CBT skills can provide hope and encouragement for you to make positive changes for the future.

Safe place for discussion
Each group provides a safe environment where everyone has the opportunity to share their experiences. The relaxed atmosphere of the sessions encourages participation, however you're free to interact as much or as little as you wish. As the nature of the information shared may be sensitive, we have rules set in place to ensure mutual respect and confidentiality is maintained between all members.

We realise that coming to a group can be a daunting experience but everyone's input is respected and it's up to you how much you share.

Frequently asked questions

I've got my own personal circumstances, how can group workshops be personalised to me?
All group sessions offer the opportunity to apply the skills taught to your own personal circumstances. By completing the tasks given in between sessions you will further tailor these skills to your own situation.

Will anything said in the group be kept confidential?
Most groups work on the premise that whatever is discussed in the group remains confidential and this is made clear at the start of each workshop.

Will I have to discuss anything personal details?
It's your decision how much or how little you contribute during the group workshops. We encourage participation but no one is ever forced to share any personal details.

Are the group workshops the same length as individual sessions?
Our group workshops are longer than individual sessions, so you'll be able to learn more skills and explore current problems to greater depth.

Will I be asked to talk about my past experiences?
The groups and courses are based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. In this approach we focus on current situations or problems and how these impact on your current thoughts, moods and behaviours. We do not focus on past issues in any depth.