The workshops run on different days and locations throughout Lambeth, usually in Brixton (weekday evenings and Saturdays) and Streatham (Thursday daytimes).
The formats of the workshops depend on which workshop you do but follow a similar pattern to that outlined below:
- An introductory session which outlines the purpose of the workshop and allows clients to meet the other members and start looking at CBT techniques.
- Middle sessions, filled with CBT techniques
- A final session which explores any problems and pulls all of the information together
- Group members will develop and practice using CBT skills both during and in-between sessions.
- The duration of each session can be either 90 minutes (evenings) or 3 hours (Saturday mornings or Thursdays).
The Stress and Worry Workshop
The stress and worry workshop is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). They are designed to help alleviate the anxiety resulting from stressful lives and/or a tendency to engage in worrying.
Using CBT for anxiety has been well tested and shown to be effective. The materials in the workshops have been created from a range of reputable CBT authors and sources – Cognitive Therapy by Beck (1979); “Overcoming Worry” by Kevin Meares & Mark Freeston (2008); “What, Me Worry” series by the Centre for Clinical Interventions, Australia (2005).
The workshop introduces a CBT model to explain how problems with stress and anxiety can develop, and be maintained by unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns. We cover a range of simple-to-use and effective techniques for changing these patterns. In the final session we bring together all the strategies and plan for maintaining progress.
Our recent research shows that 70% of individuals who complete all workshop sessions experience a reduction in their symptoms of stress and anxiety. It provides an excellent basis for understanding CBT and how it can be applied to your own experience of stress and worry. If people find they need additional support after the workshop, we are happy to talk about further therapy options.
The Wellbeing Workshop
This evidence based workshop uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques, and looks at understanding what depression is, identifying the key symptoms and spotting the vicious cycles that keep it going and intensifies it. We then break the depression down and look at practical strategies to deal with the different elements. We initially look at the link between what you are doing (or not doing) and the effect on your mood, and then start looking at the role of thoughts in the depression. Finally we pull it together to give a clear plan for how to tackle the depression. The workshop is accompanied by workbooks that explain more about the key concepts and include ‘homework’ for you to put the theory into action between sessions.
The Sleep Workshop
Our Insomnia & Sleeping Difficulties workshop is designed using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to give you tools to help yourself manage and overcome sleep problems. It looks at factors that might be exacerbating or maintaining your sleep difficulties, in order to identify changes that you can make. We start with explaining a bit more about CBT and insomnia or other sleep problems. We then focus on ways to try and break the cycle of recurrent waking, difficulty falling asleep, early waking or other sleep concerns. We first focus on what you are doing (or not doing) in terms of behaviour (i.e., what you actually are ‘doing’ during the day, before you go to bed and during the night), unhelpful thoughts thoughts or cognitions and see how chances can be made to these things to improve sleep.
‘Homework’ is an important part of the therapy and is used as a way of practising the theory that we cover in the sessions in your day to day life. If you want to do some pre-workshop reading, we would recommend you try to read Colin A. Espie’s ‘Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep Problems’.
The Anger Workshop
The anger workshops uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches devised by Novaco and from other theories of unhelpful emotional arousal (strong and intense emotions).
The anger workshop encourages clients to explore anger; its uses and limitations, its origins, and the consequences of anger outbursts for themselves and others. It looks at the role of appraisal thoughts in arousal, and aims to increase awareness of thoughts, feelings, behaviours and the physiological sensations that reinforce and maintain anger. By the end of the workshop, participants will be equipped with a number of tools to help manage and channel anger more effectively and within their control.
This workshop is run every month to provide those who are job seeking with emotional and practical help. It covers how to focus job seeking activities on a career that fits skills and interests, brainstorming emotional and practical barriers, activities that can help job seeking, how to stay motivated and positive, and how to organise and plan job seeking. Feedback from participants has highlighted the unique and relevant approach of the workshop, the value of going through barriers (such as how to explain an employment gap, disclosing health to an employer, being unable to pay for a course etc), and the opportunity to have support from others in the same situation.