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We have developed a programme of courses that run throughout the year. These courses are very popular and offer a good introduction to ways to help with your wellbeing.

We run a variety of classes run like an evening class, that look at general mental health problems such as anxiety, low mood or anger. We also offer courses designed for issues such as health anxiety, OCD, depression, social anxiety, and panic.  These are groups where you will do some talking and thinking about your difficulties.

The courses are very informal and we aim to create a calm, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere. They usually run for 1.5 – 2 hours with a short break in the middle. Some courses are run like an evening class while others are more interactive. This is some of the feedback that we have received from participants:

“The group format was very useful, meeting others who feel the same, sharing stories etc. The team were super supportive and kind. Theory was delivered in an easy to understand way, and was always relevant. Refreshing, different approach to therapy.” (Behavioural Activation group participant)

“You don’t have to share if you don’t want to.  No one judges. Hearing other people’s experiences is invaluable. You know you are not alone.” (Women’s Self Confidence group participant)

“The group therapy was extremely useful and having other people with similar issues to share greatly helps.” (OCD group participant)

We understand that when people think of therapy they often think of 1-1 sessions with a therapist.  Within a group you can share some of your experiences if you want to and to listen to the experiences of others. This often helps people to realise they are not on their own.

You can refer yourself to our courses by filling in our online referral form or by calling us on 0191 282 6600. You will receive a brief telephone assessment to find out what difficulties you are experiencing and to agree on the right help for you. If you are interested in attending one of our courses please let us know during this assessment.

Our available courses are shown below.

The following courses are low-intensity, evening-style classes:

Working on Anger

Duration of the class: 5 weeks, 2 hours per session.

Layout of the class: The class is run like an evening class.  The chairs face the front and the people at the front teach you all about anger. It is not group therapy, we will not sit in a circle and you will not be expected to discuss your personal problems. No one will expect you to talk during the class, although you are welcome to ask questions.

Content of class: In this class we offer techniques and strategies that have been proven by research to help manage anger more effectively. You will be given handouts to take away and questionnaires to fill in at each class. You will be provided with resources and materials to take away.

Is this class for you?

This class is aimed at people who would like to learn more about the triggers to anger and ways to manage their angry feelings. The class is not a therapy group, it is about providing you with the information you need to help manage anger better.

Overcoming Anxiety and Stress

Duration of the class: 4 weeks, 2 hours per session

Layout of the class: The class is run like an evening class.  The chairs face the front and the people at the front teach you all about anxiety and stress. It is not group therapy, we will not sit in a circle and you will not be expected to discuss your personal problems. No one will expect you to talk during the class, although you are welcome to ask questions.

Content of the class: You will learn what anxiety and stress are, why we have it, what we can do about it and how to manage it, how to control anxious thoughts, how to relax and how to change anxiety related behaviours. You will also learn about panic attacks, low mood and anxiety. You will be provided with resources and materials to take away.

Is this class for you?

This class is for people who are feeling anxious and stressed and want to learn practical ways of managing those feelings.

Overcoming Depression and Low Mood

Duration of the class: 4 weeks, 2 hours per session

Layout of the class: The class is run like an evening class. The chairs face the front and the people at the front teach you all about low mood. It is not group therapy, we will not sit in a circle and you will not be expected to discuss your personal problems. No one will expect you to talk during the class, although you are welcome to ask questions.

Content of the class: This class is an introduction to low mood. It is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  In the first week we look at understanding low mood and breaking it down into thoughts, feelings, physical symptoms, and behaviours. The following weeks look at helpful techniques to challenge unhelpful thinking, increase routine and enjoyable activities, and help with problem-solving. You will be provided with resources and materials to take away.

Is this class for you?

This class is for people who experience low mood and want to learn practical ways of managing those feelings.

 

The following courses are interactive, group treatment:

Insomnia Group

Duration of the course: 4 weeks, 2 hours per session

Layout of the course: This course has some teaching and some interactive exercises. Participants are expected to commit to the full program, starting from week one. Each session builds on information from the previous week. It is not group therapy and you will not be expected to discuss your personal problems. Group members are provided with materials to support them and make changes to their lives outside of the group.

Content of the course:  This course provides you with information about insomnia and sleep hygiene.  You will learn techniques to cope with racing mind, rumination and worries that keep you awake. The aim of the course is to set you back on a healthy sleep rhythm. You will work with a personal sleep diary which you are expected to complete at home.

Is this course for you?

Are you suffering from insomnia? Refer yourself to this group and we will help you get back on track with your sleep. Participants who have finished this 4-week course have found it helpful and some find it “life-changing”.

Introduction to Mindfulness

Duration of the course: 6 weeks, 2 hours per session

Layout of the course: In this course you will be invited to participate in meditation.  You will not be expected to discuss your personal problems. No one will expect you to talk during class, although you are welcome to ask questions. It is not group therapy and you will not be expected to discuss your personal problems.

Content of the course: Introduction to Mindfulness is a meditation course for beginners. Mindfulness practice aims to bring our attention to the present moment through meditation. Participants are invited to take part in mindfulness meditation during and in-between classes. You will be provided with information on mindfulness techniques during this group and given handouts to take away.

Is this course for you?

Anybody is welcome to join the mindfulness course before, during or after therapy. We do not cover specific mental health difficulties. If you are in need for help with a specific problem, please have a look at our other courses.

Women’s Self-Confidence

Duration of the course: 5 weeks, 2 hours per session

Layout of the course: The format of the group is interactive. It involves a mixture of teaching, and exercises/tasks that you do as an individual or in a group.  The exercises are creative and enjoyable.

Content of the course: The course is an introduction to self-confidence.  It will offer you the opportunity to explore what self-esteem and confidence means to you. You will be given materials to take home.

Is this course for you?

This course is normally for people who have individual therapy.  You cannot usually refer yourself directly to this course.

Making Friends with Uncertainty

Duration of the group: 8 weeks, 2 hours per session

Layout of the group: This group is very interactive. There will be exercises to take part in and opportunities to share what you are learning with the rest of the group. We find this helps people to get more out of it. However, you will not be expected to share your life story and you will be in charge of how much or how little you contribute. This group is designed to give you a full course of CBT but with the added benefit of being able talk to people who are experiencing similar problems to yourself.

Group members are expected to commit to the full program as each session builds on information from the previous week. Group members are provided with materials to support them and make changes to their lives outside of the group. People who attend the sessions are expected to work in small groups and share their experiences of the homework tasks.

Content of the group: The group aims to help people understand the role of intolerance of uncertainty in the development and maintenance of difficulties. We will be working towards building tolerance and engaging in tasks to help us do this. The course follows a new approach being developed at Newcastle University.

Is this group for you?

Does the thought of not knowing what’s going to happen scare you? Do you find yourself trying to predict what’s going to happen in the future? Do you want to become more spontaneous rather than restricted by your worries? Then this course might help you. This course may be suitable for people who may have had previous therapy, anyone re-referring or new to our service.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Group

Duration of the group: 6 weeks, 2 hours per session

Layout of the group: This group is very interactive. There will be exercises to take part in and opportunities to share what you are learning with the rest of the group. We find this helps people to get more out of it. However, you will not be expected to share your life story and you will be in charge of how much or how little you contribute. This group is designed to give you a full course of CBT but with the added benefit of being able talk to people who are experiencing similar problems to yourself.

Group members are expected to commit to the full program as each session builds on information from the previous week. Group members are provided with materials to support them and make changes to their lives outside of the group. People who attend the sessions are expected to work in small groups and share their experiences of the homework tasks.

Is this group for you?

Some people experience lots of anxiety and worry and this is present more days than not. Often the worry can feel as though it is uncontrollable. When these difficulties come alongside uncomfortable physical symptoms such as restlessness, feeling on edge, irritability, fatigue, muscle tension, and problems with sleep and concentration then it may be generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). If these problems seem familiar to you then our GAD group may be for you.

Behavioural Activation Group

Duration of the group: 8 weeks, 2 hours per session

Layout of the group: This group is very interactive. There will be exercises to take part in and opportunities to share what you are learning with the rest of the group. We find this helps people to get more out of it. However, you will not be expected to share your life story and you will be in charge of how much or how little you contribute. This group is designed to give you a full course of CBT but with the added benefit of being able talk to people who are experiencing similar problems to yourself.

Group members are expected to commit to the full program as each session builds on information from the previous week. Group members are provided with materials to support them and make changes to their lives outside of the group. People who attend the sessions are expected to work in small groups and share their experiences of the homework tasks.

Is this group for you?

Behavioural Activation (BA) is evidence based treatment for depression, and is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  When life events or significant changes disrupt our usual routines or activities, people can start to feel depressed. When we feel depressed, we can behave in ways that give us short term relief, but in the long run, keep us stuck. For example, we might withdraw from friends and family or sleeping as an escape. BA works by helping you recognise and understand these patterns and set goals to activate more rewarding behaviours.

Managing Health Worries Group

Duration of the group: 7 weeks, 2 hours per session

Layout of the group: This group is very interactive. There will be exercises to take part in and opportunities to share what you are learning with the rest of the group. We find this helps people to get more out of it. However, you will not be expected to share your life story and you will be in charge of how much or how little you contribute. This group is designed to give you a full course of CBT but with the added benefit of being able talk to people who are experiencing similar problems to yourself.

Group members are expected to commit to the full program as each session builds on information from the previous week. Group members are provided with materials to support them and make changes to their lives outside of the group. People who attend the sessions are expected to work in small groups and share their experiences of the homework tasks.

Is this group for you?

The group aims to help individuals with health anxiety or health worries. We will help you understand how health anxiety develops and what keeps it going. We will look into unhelpful thinking styles, avoidance, and safety behaviours including reassurance seeking and focus on bodily symptoms.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Duration of the group: 8 weeks, 2 hours per session

Layout of the group: This group is very interactive. There will be exercises to take part in and opportunities to share what you are learning with the rest of the group. We find this helps people to get more out of it. However, you will not be expected to share your life story and you will be in charge of how much or how little you contribute. This group is designed to give you a full course of CBT but with the added benefit of being able talk to people who are experiencing similar problems to yourself.

Group members are expected to commit to the full program as each session builds on information from the previous week. Group members are provided with materials to support them and make changes to their lives outside of the group. People who attend the sessions are expected to work in small groups and share their experiences of the homework tasks.

Is this group for you?

OCD is a common problem affecting approximately 1 in 100 people. It affects mood by making people anxious and unhappy.  This can then affect everyday activities. This group helps to identify what may be triggering your OCD, as well as what might be keeping it going. We cover obsessions (intrusive thoughts or images) which can have many forms including dirt and contamination, accidental harm, need for order and perfection as well as many more. We also help you manage compulsions which are often used to cope with the initial obsession, such as checking, cleaning, and seeking reassurance. Our previous OCD groups have highlighted that the biggest benefit comes from actually being seen in a group; where you will discover that you are not alone.

Panic

Duration of the group: 6 weeks, 2 hours per session

Layout of the group: The group aims to provide you with a full course of CBT for panic: helping you to understand your problem in a way that explains what to do about it; and then working through a progressive series of interventions to help you overcome it. The sessions are very interactive, with exercises to take part in, and sharing of learning with others experiencing similar difficulties.

Group members are expected to commit to the full course, as each session builds on information from the previous week. We will provide materials at each session to support learning, including through work to be done between sessions.

Is this group for you?

Panic attacks are very distressing experiences.  They can mean that your day to day life is very restricted.  CBT has been shown to be very effective in helping with this problem.

Social Anxiety

Duration of the group: 6 weeks, 2 hours per session

Layout of the group: This group is very interactive. There will be exercises to take part in and opportunities to share what you are learning with the rest of the group. We find this helps people to get more out of it. However, you will not be expected to share your life story and you will be in charge of how much or how little you contribute. This group is designed to give you a full course of CBT but with the added benefit of being able talk to people who are experiencing similar problems to yourself.

Group members are expected to commit to the full program as each session builds on information from the previous week. Group members are provided with materials to support them and make changes to their lives outside of the group. People who attend the sessions are expected to work in small groups and share their experiences of the homework tasks.

Is this group for you?

Social anxiety can lead you to feel like others are negatively judging you.  You may worry about what other people think about you or you may worry that you might do something embarrassing and other people will notice your anxiety.  When we feel like this, we sometimes deliberately avoid situations which make us feel anxious.  Sometimes we may use unhelpful ways to manage our anxiety.  This course involves helping you to become aware of what social anxiety is.  We use small group work and help you to develop ways to manage anxiety.

ACT Group

Duration of the group: 6 weeks, 2 hours per session

Layout of the group: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can help you change your relationship with your thoughts and feelings and provides a space to help you move your life towards what you value.

The group is an interactive introduction to ideas and techniques from ACT. There will be exercises to take part in and opportunities to share what you are learning with the rest of the group. We find this helps people to get more out of it.

You will not be expected to share your life story and you will be in charge of how much or how little you contribute.

Group members are expected to commit to the full program as each session builds upon information from the previous week. Group members are provided with materials to support their learning and participants must be willing to practice applying the techniques in their own lives outside of the group.

Is this group for you?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an effective therapy for addressing a variety of different problems.  It is particularly helpful when problems cause us to feel stuck in our lives.

The ACT model encourages us to think about how we relate to our thoughts, feelings and physiological sensations. In this group we teach mindfulness skills to help you notice and make room for physical discomfort or emotional distress rather than attempting to control, minimise or be rid of these experiences.  Often when we are pulled into struggling with our own internal experiences, we do so with the aim of feeling better. In many cases the process of struggling can create additional suffering or take us further away from the things in life that matter to us. Many of the techniques we explore are about learning to stay with the discomfort in order to live a life of our own choosing.

This group may be particularly helpful for those people who have attempted to engage in previous therapy but who have found it difficult to make sustained changes to the way they think and respond in certain situations.  We hope this group is the start of a process for members to find their own way in their life based on what is important to them.

What to expect

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What we offer

There are a large range of therapies available to help you within our service. You can read more about the techniques we use here.

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Courses

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Frequently asked questions

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