Treatment Groups and Workshops

What is a Treatment Group?

Treatment groups are short-term and can help you learn to manage symptoms you are currently experiencing with the added advantage of learning from others who are experiencing a similar difficulty.

These groups allow us to develop skills and tools over time to fully change any unhelpful thinking or behaviour patterns we might have in place. They are similar to individual therapy sessions with the added benefit of ‘shared experience’ with others who might be experiencing the same thing. We often hear amazing stories of how the group setting has helped people feel less alone as a result.

What is a Workshop?

Our workshops have been designed to help aid and develop existing treatment and consist of between 3 – 6 sessions.  These workshops are available for residents to attend during any stage of your referral to our service, including while waiting for treatment to start.

Here is a list of all the groups and workshops that the service provides.
Please click on the titles below to find out more.

Interested in one of these workshops, courses or groups?
If you are already referred, please speak to your therapist or call us on 020 8475 8080. If you are not referred to us, it’s easy to refer yourself here. Alternatively, give us a call on 020 8475 8080.

Better Living with Depression Group

Most of us can feel low or depressed at some point in our lives. Sometimes we end up feeling stuck and unable to move forward.

Better Living – Treatment for Depression is a psychoeducational group based on CBT techniques and aimed at people who are feeling low or anxious and have stopped doing things that are important to them.

The workshop covers:

  • what maintains low mood/anxiety
  • activity scheduling
  • self-care
  • managing difficult and repetitive thoughts.

Building Confidence Group

Being confident isn’t always easy – This course is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles aiming to help people recognise signs of low confidence. The workshop looks at tools and techniques to begin to challenge unhelpful behaviours, develop a positive self-image, cultivate assertiveness and challenge self-critical thoughts.

Combat Stress Group

Stress is a normal human reaction to difficult times and ‘stress’ can mean many different things to residents. When stress becomes reoccurring and persistent it can have some negative effects on our mental health. This course aims to help individuals identify triggers to ‘stress’ and implement key interventions that can help manage stress.

Coping with Worry Group

‘I wish I didn’t worry so much!’’

How many times have we heard ourselves or someone we know say those words?

We all tend to worry to a certain extent; however it is when we start to worry too much and worry about lots of different things that we might start to face difficulties.

You might start to feel on edge, stressed and irritable or you may not be able to switch off and suddenly, a good night’s sleep becomes a rarity.

If you identify with any of the symptoms above, our Coping with Worry course might just be the one for you. This group focuses on using evidenced –based strategies to manage worry.

Cultivating Self-Esteem Group

Everyone holds opinions about themselves and the type of person that they are. It is these opinions that formulate our self-esteem. If you have low self-esteem, these beliefs will often be very negative. You may lack in confidence, are unable to accept compliments, expect little out of your life or neglect yourself. Low self-esteem is not a recognised mental health problem, but it can seriously affect your mental health.

However, high self-esteem will help you see yourself in a positive light and improve your overall mood. It will allow you to become confident and empower you to achieve your full potential.

This group aims to help cultivate new helpful beliefs about self by using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) ideas and strategies.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder Group

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is the most common anxiety disorder. It is usually a condition you may have for many years. The symptoms of GAD usually include excessive anxiety and worry, increased muscular tension, difficulties concentrating, irritability and sleep disturbances.

This cognitive behavioural therapy group aims to help manage and overcome this challenge by learning new ways to tolerate uncertainty and chronic worry.

Living Well with Pain Group

Do you experience pain? Is it having an impact on how you feel? Do you worry about the pain?

Living well with pain is a short group based on CBT techniques. The workshop aims to provide individuals with techniques to help manage the impact of pain on their life. The programme helps individuals to identify thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with pain. The programme focuses on: thought challenging, relaxation techniques, refocusing techniques, pacing and managing setbacks.

Managing Anger and Irritability Group

Anger is something that we all experience from time to time and is a normal human emotion. However sometimes it can get out of hand and people may experience anger particularly frequently and intensely, and can find it difficult to control.

This group is ideal for those who would like to learn ways to manage the emotions/thoughts that drive anger and irritability.

Managing Low Mood and Worry Group

Worry can have an impact individual’s managing their mood. Often worry can be so intrusive that it can prevent us from engaging in activities or moments which would lift our mood – sometimes these difficulties can tangle into each other and the group aims to untangle these challenges. The group uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles to help learn ways of breaking down worries and lift mood.

Managing Mood Related to Finding Work Group

The COVID crisis has caused many residents to be made redundant or had an impact on those trying to find work. For some, when the challenges occur depression can creep in and then this can make getting back to work or finding work harder.

Along with our therapist running this group, a servicer user with experience of depression and one of our employment advisors attend to provide practical support alongside evidence-based approaches for low mood.

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Mindfulness is a meditation practice, which has been proven to help manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress and chronic pain.

This is an 8 week programme and is delivered weekly in 1.5 hour classes by a mindfulness teacher. It is open to anyone who is experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, chronic pain or stress. Although the programme uses meditation exercises it is non-religious, non-cultural and very practical for everyday life.

On the programme you will be taught many different mindfulness exercises starting with easier ones first and building up to more challenging ones as the course progresses.

Navigating Loss Group

The covid pandemic has impacted many resident’s abilities to grieve. Some residents have lost those that they love during this pandemic and time.

This group is gentle, welcoming and enables individuals to connect with each other around their grief. The group also focuses on grief that has become interrupted by the pandemic.

Overcoming Panic Group

Panic attacks can impact all areas of our lives and can be difficult to understand for ourselves and for our family and friends. The panic attacks themselves can be very distressing and make us feel that we can no longer trust our bodies or our reactions to situations.

It can often seem like no one else feels this way and there is no way out of these feelings – the group aims to help learn the vicious cycles that can occur with panic and new approaches to overcoming this difficulty.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Group

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can have a significant impact on an individual’s life – Many individuals experience various traumas and for some the mind can replay the trauma in everyday life, to the point where some feel as though the trauma happens again.

Our PTSD treatment group is a gentle group where we aim to help those who want to reclaim their lives following trauma. The connection within the group allows individuals to work together to move forward and find ways to process traumatic events.

"Reclaiming Your Life" Group

This group is aimed for those who have been the victim of past domestic violence and the focus is around reclaiming life after abuse.

The group has been co-designed by service users who have experienced domestic violence and we aim to build an individual’s self-worth and look more closely at cultivating helpful and supportive relationships

Relational Therapies Group

Our relational therapy treatment group, that looks at individual’s develop of relationships with themselves and others. Through our psychological development we can have experiences that shape how we form and maintain the relationships around us.

Sometimes we can find that our relationships impact our mental health and also impact the relationship we have with ourselves. This group aims to increase awareness of our internal mechanism and approaches to our relationships and ourselves.

Social Anxiety Group

Social anxiety, as the name suggests, is when someone is very anxious about social interactions. Individuals often worry about being evaluated negatively by others and may feel self-conscious in social situations. People who experience social anxiety may worry that they are blushing, shaking or sweating during social interactions and that other people will notice this and think badly of them for it.

This can lead them to avoid social situations and other behaviours which may limit an individual’s life. We appreciate that for some who are socially anxious the idea of receiving treatment as a group could trigger anxiety – we cater this group for those who feel anxious in groups, we make the group gentle and a safe space to work on the anxiety together.

Taking Charge of Your Health Group

This group aims to help residents with a long term condition, such as arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular problems.

We will provide a space to help with social isolation, manage adjustments to a health condition with the addition of finding ways manage mood and anxiety together as a group.

The "Positive Self" Depression Management Group

Depression is a common problem which affects 1 in 4 of us during our lifetime. Depression can affect all areas of our lives and can be difficult to understand for ourselves and for our family and friends.

It can often seem like no one else feels this way and there is no way out of these feelings – our group aims to show there is a way out of these feelings. This group uses a ‘tried and tested’ cognitive behavioural therapy approach to overcoming depression.

"TLC For You" Perinatal Group

Having a new baby is a big life change. Pregnancy and the period after childbirth can bring about a range of emotional changes for the mother, the father and other members of the family.

Many find this to be a positive experience.  However, some undergo an emotional upheaval that can result in mental health problems.

This group aim to help mother connect with each other and express their challenges and emotions regarding becoming a parent.

Worry and COVID-19 Group

The pandemic has impacted many and some people have noticed that worry about the pandemic has impacted their mental health.

This group aims to help those who may notice a surge in anxiety or worry related to the crisis. The group takes into account up to date guidance from public health England in order to navigate these difficult times whilst looking after the health of the mind.

Workshop: First Steps to Change

This group is a useful introduction for residents who will be undertaking cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This short optional group helps individuals understand the foundations of CBT and helps residents think how their thinking and behaviours impact how they feel.

Workshop: Introductory Course for Managing Trauma Symptoms

This group is offered to those who will be offered treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) either with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or Eye movement densitisation and reprocessing therapy (EMDR).

This short groups aims to provide information regarding PTSD and give some tools to begin to manage these difficulties.

Workshop: Resource Building

This group is a useful introduction for residents who will be undertaking specific types of therapy such as psychodynamic and integrative therapies. This short optional group helps individual learn ways to manage emotions, to gain insight into challenging emotions and also focuses on hopes/ goals for therapy.

Workshop: Wellbeing

These workshops cover several different psychological subjects. Each session will be up to 90 minutes and aims to provide strategies and ideas to make a start to overcome/ manage common psychological challenges.

Each week we cover a different subject such as mindfulness, anxiety, depression, unhelpful thinking.

Interested in one of these workshops, courses or groups?
If you are already referred, please speak to your therapist or call us on 020 8475 8080. If you are not referred to us, it’s easy to refer yourself here. Alternatively, give us a call on 020 8475 8080.