CBT for Anxiety

DAY PROGRAMME & MODULAR GROUPS

DATE: TBC                                                                  

COST:  £360.00 for 6 weeks

FACILITATOR: Anita Merry

CO-FACILITATOR: Aimee Keith

If you are interested in joining this course please register your interest here

OVERVIEW:

Anxiety can be one of the most debilitating mental health disorders and this modular course of CBT groups is aimed at those struggling with a wide range of symptoms of Anxiety whether in a general, social or health context. We will also look at ideas and strategies for co-existing difficulties such as depression, phobia and panic since they often arise alongside general anxiety.

COURSE OVERVIEW:

 

Aim:    

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is based on working towards goals and enabling you to “become your own therapist” in dealing with any future difficulties. The two-hour format will enable you to have sufficient time to practice and incorporate the learning of a range of CBT skills and strategies. Supporting materials will be provided each week to build to a helpful resource for future reference.

Content:

Week 1:   Understanding the CBT approach and how it applies to anxiety. The role of our current thoughts and behaviours in maintaining our anxiety. Understanding the physical sensations of anxiety – the impact of biology and evolution.

Week 2:    An introduction to unhelpful thinking styles and the concept of thought challenging. Using mindfulness techniques to control physical responses for anxiety and panic.

Week 3:    Avoidance and other safety behaviours. Introducing “exposure” techniques for anxiety and phobia. A review of models, maintenance factors, unhelpful thinking traps and associated interventions for co-existing anxiety or mood disorders.

Week 4:    Understanding the role of worry and the concept of uncertainty in maintaining anxiety: introduction to the Generalised Anxiety model. Using – instead of avoiding – our emotions, and strategies to deal with worry.

Week 5:    Where does anxiety come from? Introducing automatic thoughts, dysfunctional rules and core beliefs. Identifying and adjusting our core beliefs – do they still “fit the facts” today?

Week 6:    Pulling it all together – relapse management skills. A chance to share our learning on unhelpful thoughts, rules and beliefs (and their origins) with new updated beliefs and cognitive and behavioural strategies. Participants to leave with detailed individualised plan.