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Due to Covid-19 we are currently running limited group courses online using Microsoft Teams. Guidance for how to use Microsoft Teams can be found here.

Please be advised that we are still operating a telephone service. If you feel you would benefit from an appointment please call us on 01225 675150 to book an appointment.

We run a wide variety of free psycho-educational courses around a range of psychological and emotional difficulties.  We aim to help people feel as comfortable and as welcome as possible, so no-one will be asked to do anything that they do not wish to.  There are no “ice-breaker” exercises and no-one will be asked to speak individually.

To book onto these courses, simply book your place below or call us in the office.

 

Introduction to Mindfulness (4 Sessions)

Date: 06/05/2021  |  Location: Online - Microsoft Teams

We can often live our lives on “auto-pilot” and react habitually to situations in unhelpful ways. Mindfulness allows us to be more flexible in our response to the stresses of life, to be less driven and distressed by our thoughts and emotions, and to appreciate each moment of life more fully. Mindfulness can be beneficial for people experiencing low mood or anxiety, and for managing long term health conditions.

Please note; Although Mindfulness is designed to help us deal with times of crisis, it is not easy to learn the skills at such times. It is therefore recommended that you choose a time of relative stability to undertake the course. More information can be found under the ‘What we offer’ section of the website.

Topics covered include:

  • An introduction to the mindfulness approach
  • Mindfulness practices such as bodyscan, sitting meditation and mindful movement
  • The introduction to mindfulness course includes some guided mindfulness exercises.

One exercise is a mindful eating exercise, “the raisin exercise” which we use raisins for so if you can have a raisin with you, or similar. If you don’t like raisins substitute for something else-eg a small piece of chocolate.This is an online taught course, run in a group format, so although there will be some group discussion it is up to you how much or how little you choose to take part

We also have a “body scan” exercise which we will do seated, please ensure you are sitting comfortably and have something to keep you warm if needed. The course involves daily practice between the weekly sessions – further details will be given out at the end of each session.

Please note this course is structured differently to our other courses, and will involve participating in mindfulness practices followed by small group discussions about this experience.

This course will run for 4 sessions held on a Thursday morning, starting at 10:00 am and finishing at 12:00 pm.

Internet access is required and you will need to use Microsoft Teams to access this course.

Important – GP surgery

If you do not have a GP in BANES please contact your GP surgery to find out what services are available in your area.

Completing the application form does not guarantee you a place on this course, a member of the team will be in touch prior to the start of the course to confirm your place.

If attendance of courses is fewer than 3 people it is felt that it may not be appropriate to continue with the course.

Course address:

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To book a place on this course please click the link below and fill in the referral form ensuring that you give details of this course title, location, date and time.

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Stress and Mood Management (3 sessions)

Date: 07/05/2021  |  Location: Online - Microsoft Teams

This free online course introduces Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT) as a method of effectively reducing difficult emotions such as anxiety, depression and anger.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding anxiety and general stress
  • Techniques for managing difficult thoughts
  • Managing the expectations we set ourselves and others
  • Techniques for communicating assertively
  • Helpful ways to put techniques into practice

This is an online taught course, run in a group format, so although there will be some group discussion it is up to you how much or how little you choose to take part.

This workshop/course will run for 3 sessions held on a Friday morning, starting at 10:00 am and finishing at 12:00 pm.

Internet access is required and you will need to use Microsoft Teams to access this course.

Important – GP surgery

If you do not have a GP in BANES please contact your GP surgery to find out what services are available in your area.

Completing the application form does not guarantee you a place on this course, a member of the team will be in touch prior to the start of the course to confirm your place.

If attendance of courses is fewer than 3 people it is felt that it may not be appropriate to continue with the course.

Course address:

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To book a place on this course please click the link below and fill in the referral form ensuring that you give details of this course title, location, date and time.

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Coping with Low Mood and Depression (3 sessions)

Date: 07/05/2021  |  Location: Online - Microsoft Teams

This free course looks at the nature of low mood and depression and demonstrates different methods of dealing with this difficult emotion.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding low mood and depression including recognising the impact our thoughts and behaviours can have on our emotions.
  • Helpful techniques to improve motivation and increase activity levels
  • Techniques for managing difficult thoughts

This is an online taught course, run in a group format, so although there will be some group discussion it is up to you how much or how little you choose to take part.

This workshop/course will run for 3 sessions held on a Friday afternoon, starting at 2:00pm and finishing at 4:00 pm.

Internet access is required and you will need to use Microsoft Teams to access this course.

Important – GP surgery

If you do not have a GP in BANES please contact your GP surgery to find out what services are available in your area.

Completing the application form does not guarantee you a place on this course, a member of the team will be in touch prior to the start of the course to confirm your place.

If attendance of courses is fewer than 3 people it is felt that it may not be appropriate to continue with the course.

Course address:

View map and directions

To book a place on this course please click the link below and fill in the referral form ensuring that you give details of this course title, location, date and time.

Click here to book

Managing Worry (3 Sessions)

Date: 10/05/2021  |  Location: Online - Microsoft Teams

This free online course is aimed at people experiencing problems with anxiety, focusing on general anxiety and excessive worry.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding how to manage worry
  • How our thoughts and beliefs can contribute to worry and how to reduce their impact
  • How to manage and limit the impact of worry on our day to day lives
  • How to manage and tolerate uncertainty
  • How to turn unproductive worry into helpful problem-solving
  • How to develop your own plan for overcoming anxiety in a step-by-step manner

This is an online taught course, run in a group format, so although there will be some group discussion it is up to you how much or how little you choose to take part.

This workshop/course will run for 3 sessions held on a Monday afternoon, starting at 2:00 pm and finishing at 4:00 pm.

Internet access is required and you will need to use Microsoft Teams to access this course.

Important – GP surgery

If you do not have a GP in BANES please contact your GP surgery to find out what services are available in your area.

Completing the application form does not guarantee you a place on this course, a member of the team will be in touch prior to the start of the course to confirm your place.

If attendance of courses is fewer than 3 people it is felt that it may not be appropriate to continue with the course.

Course address:

View map and directions

To book a place on this course please click the link below and fill in the referral form ensuring that you give details of this course title, location, date and time.

Click here to book

Stress and Mood Management (3 sessions)

Date: 13/05/2021  |  Location: Online - Microsoft Teams

This free online course introduces Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT) as a method of effectively reducing difficult emotions such as anxiety, depression and anger.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding anxiety and general stress
  • Techniques for managing difficult thoughts
  • Managing the expectations we set ourselves and others
  • Techniques for communicating assertively
  • Helpful ways to put techniques into practice

This is an online taught course, run in a group format, so although there will be some group discussion it is up to you how much or how little you choose to take part.

This workshop/course will run for 3 sessions held on a Thursday afternoon starting at 2:00pm and finishing at 4:00 pm.

Internet access is required and you will need to use Microsoft Teams to access this course.

Important – GP surgery

If you do not have a GP in BANES please contact your GP surgery to find out what services are available in your area.

Completing the application form does not guarantee you a place on this course, a member of the team will be in touch prior to the start of the course to confirm your place.

If attendance of courses is fewer than 3 people it is felt that it may not be appropriate to continue with the course.

Course address:

View map and directions

To book a place on this course please click the link below and fill in the referral form ensuring that you give details of this course title, location, date and time.

Click here to book

Stress and Mood Management (3 sessions)

Date: 18/05/2021  |  Location: Online - Microsoft Teams

This free online course introduces Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT) as a method of effectively reducing difficult emotions such as anxiety, depression and anger.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding anxiety and general stress
  • Techniques for managing difficult thoughts
  • Managing the expectations we set ourselves and others
  • Techniques for communicating assertively
  • Helpful ways to put techniques into practice

This is an online taught course, run in a group format, so although there will be some group discussion it is up to you how much or how little you choose to take part.

This course will run for 3 sessions held on a Tuesday Evening, starting at 6:00pm and finishing at 8:00 pm.

Internet access is required and you will need to use Microsoft Teams to access this course.

Important – GP surgery

If you do not have a GP in BANES please contact your GP surgery to find out what services are available in your area.

Completing the application form does not guarantee you a place on this course, a member of the team will be in touch prior to the start of the course to confirm your place.

If attendance of courses is fewer than 3 people it is felt that it may not be appropriate to continue with the course.

Course address:

View map and directions

To book a place on this course please click the link below and fill in the referral form ensuring that you give details of this course title, location, date and time.

Click here to book

Living Well with Chronic Pain (4 sessions)

Date: 27/05/2021  |  Location: Online - Microsoft Teams

This free online course is offered by our BANES Talking Therapies team with the BANES Pain Management Physiotherapy Service. These sessions are suitable for anyone with Chronic or Persistent Pain who is looking to learn tools and techniques to manage their emotional wellbeing.

Topics covered include:

  • Exploring the challenges of living with Chronic Pain
  • How anxiety/low mood can affect you
  • Helpful ways to reduce stress and manage your worries
  • Managing difficult thoughts
  • Managing daily activities
  • Setting goals and overcoming barriers

This is an online taught course, run in a group format, so although there will be some group discussion it is up to you how much or how little you choose to take part.

This course will run for 4 sessions held on a Thursday morning, starting at 11:00 am and finishing at 12:30 pm.

Internet access is required and you will need to use Microsoft Teams to access this course.

Important – GP surgery

If you do not have a GP in BANES please contact your GP surgery to find out what services are available in your area.

Completing the application form does not guarantee you a place on this course, a member of the team will be in touch prior to the start of the course to confirm your place.

If attendance of courses is fewer than 3 people it is felt that it may not be appropriate to continue with the course.

Course address:

View map and directions

To book a place on this course please click the link below and fill in the referral form ensuring that you give details of this course title, location, date and time.

Click here to book

Sleep Workshop (1 Session)

Date: 28/05/2021  |  Location: Online- Microsoft Teams

This free workshop aims to help you understand your sleep difficulties (not sleeping enough / disrupted sleep / early morning waking) and provide you with techniques which can help you to cope with poor sleep.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the relationship between sleep and other conditions
  • Basic strategies for improving the quality of sleep
  • Managing difficult worries and expectations

This is an online taught course, run in a group format, so although there will be some group discussion it is up to you how much or how little you choose to take part.

This workshop/course will run for 1 session held on a Friday afternoon, starting at 2:00 pm and finishing at 4:00 pm.

Internet access is required and you will need to use Microsoft Teams to access this course.

Important – GP surgery

If you do not have a GP in BANES please contact your GP surgery to find out what services are available in your area.

Completing the application form does not guarantee you a place on this course, a member of the team will be in touch prior to the start of the course to confirm your place.

If attendance of courses is fewer than 3 people it is felt that it may not be appropriate to continue with the course.

Course address:

View map and directions

To book a place on this course please click the link below and fill in the referral form ensuring that you give details of this course title, location, date and time.

Click here to book

Managing Worry (3 sessions)

Date: 03/06/2021  |  Location: Online - Microsoft Teams

This free online course is aimed at people experiencing problems with anxiety, focusing on general anxiety and excessive worry.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding how to manage worry
  • How our thoughts and beliefs can contribute to worry and how to reduce their impact
  • How to manage and limit the impact of worry on our day to day lives
  • How to manage and tolerate uncertainty
  • How to turn unproductive worry into helpful problem-solving
  • How to develop your own plan for overcoming anxiety in a step-by-step manner

This is an online taught course, run in a group format, so although there will be some group discussion it is up to you how much or how little you choose to take part.

This workshop/course will run for 3 sessions held on a Thursday Afternoon, starting at 2:00pm and finishing at 4:00 pm.

Internet access is required and you will need to use Microsoft Teams to access this course.

Important – GP surgery

If you do not have a GP in BANES please contact your GP surgery to find out what services are available in your area.

Completing the application form does not guarantee you a place on this course, a member of the team will be in touch prior to the start of the course to confirm your place.

If attendance of courses is fewer than 3 people it is felt that it may not be appropriate to continue with the course.

Course address:

View map and directions

To book a place on this course please click the link below and fill in the referral form ensuring that you give details of this course title, location, date and time.

Click here to book

Effective Communication and Assertiveness Workshop (1 Session)

Date: 03/06/2021  |  Location: Online- Microsoft Teams

This free workshop introduces Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT) and Assertiveness Techniques to improve our Communication Skills.
Topics covered include:
• Understanding different styles of communication and the impact on us and other people
• Discussing assertiveness and how to communicate our needs
• Helpful ways to put techniques into practice

This is an online taught course, run in a group format, so although there will be some group discussion it is up to you how much or how little you choose to take part.
This workshop will run for 1 session held on a Thursday Morning, starting at 10:00 am and finishing at 12:00 pm.
Internet access is required and you will need to use Microsoft Teams to access this course.

Important – GP surgery

If you do not have a GP in BANES please contact your GP surgery to find out what services are available in your area.

Completing the application form does not guarantee you a place on this course, a member of the team will be in touch prior to the start of the course to confirm your place.

If attendance of courses is fewer than 3 people it is felt that it may not be appropriate to continue with the course.

Course address:

View map and directions

To book a place on this course please click the link below and fill in the referral form ensuring that you give details of this course title, location, date and time.

Click here to book

Managing Panic Attacks and Phobias (3 Sessions)

Date: 04/06/2021  |  Location: Online - Microsoft Teams

This free course is aimed at people experiencing problems with anxiety and / or panic. It introduces Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT) as a method of coping with panic and phobias.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding how and why anxiety problems develop and are maintained
  • The meaning and causes of the physical symptoms of anxiety and how to cope with them using a range of relaxation and mindfulness techniques
  • How our thoughts and beliefs can contribute to anxiety problems and how to reduce their impact
  • How to develop your own plan for overcoming anxiety in a step-by-step

This course is most appropriate for:

  • Those who experience panic, or panic attacks; phobias and situational anxieties e.g. social anxiety. If you experience more generalised anxiety, or worry a lot our ‘Managing Worry’ course may be more appropriate.

This is an online taught course, run in a group format, so although there will be some group discussion it is up to you how much or how little you choose to take part.

This workshop/course will run for 3 sessions held on a Friday Afternoon, starting at 2:00 pm and finishing at 4:00 pm.

Internet access is required and you will need to use Microsoft Teams to access this course.

Important – GP surgery

If you do not have a GP in BANES please contact your GP surgery to find out what services are available in your area.

Completing the application form does not guarantee you a place on this course, a member of the team will be in touch prior to the start of the course to confirm your place.

If attendance of courses is fewer than 3 people it is felt that it may not be appropriate to continue with the course.

Course address:

View map and directions

To book a place on this course please click the link below and fill in the referral form ensuring that you give details of this course title, location, date and time.

Click here to book

Managing Negative Thinking Workshop (1 Session)

Date: 07/06/2021  |  Location: Online - Microsoft Teams

This free online workshop aims to help people understand negative thoughts and unhelpful thinking. It introduces Cognitive Behavioural Theory as a method of effectively coping with negative thoughts.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding what negative automatic thoughts are
  • Gaining some knowledge about different unhelpful thinking patterns
  • Techniques to manage and balance out unhelpful thoughts.

This is an online taught course, run in a group format, so although there will be some group discussion it is up to you how much or how little you choose to take part.

This workshop/course will run for 1 Session held on a Monday Afternoon, starting at 2:00 pm and finishing at 4:00 pm.

Internet access is required and you will need to use Microsoft Teams to access this course.

Important – GP surgery

If you do not have a GP in BANES please contact your GP surgery to find out what services are available in your area.

Completing the application form does not guarantee you a place on this course, a member of the team will be in touch prior to the start of the course to confirm your place.

If attendance of courses is fewer than 3 people it is felt that it may not be appropriate to continue with the course.

Course address:

View map and directions

To book a place on this course please click the link below and fill in the referral form ensuring that you give details of this course title, location, date and time.

Click here to book