We are mindful of the difficulties that people are facing today and currently offer two programmes for our clients that we believe best fit the most experienced difficulties.
Professionally Led Structured Groups for Anxiety
A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-based group treatment programme. It is commonly used to treat individuals suffering with anxiety disorders and utilises the transdiagnostic model for anxiety, covering a number of complaints, including:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Other specific phobias
What to Expect
A qualified therapist will lead and guide the sessions over an eight-week period, with each session lasting one-hour in total. You will receive education into the condition of anxiety, receive self-monitoring homework to understand your own condition and how it manifests, learn the importance of thoughts and how they affect us both physically and behaviourally, learn to recognise unhelpful thoughts and how to restructure them, and to understand the underlying core belief.
Professionally Led Semi-Structured Groups for Self Esteem and Confidence Building
This type of group therapy is less structured and invites a greater level of interaction from participants. It aims to help people explore and share difficulties with self-esteem and confidence issues. The group aims to:
- Understand why you are suffering from self-esteem and confidence issues
- Help you to reduce feelings of isolation
- Help you to face your fears
- Explore processes to reduce levels of anxiety
- Help you to lift your mood
- Build friendships within the group
What to Expect
The therapist will gently guide the group over a six week period exploring and discussing self-esteem and confidence issues. Group attendance is a commitment, the act of signing up to group therapy is in itself a big step forward and a spring board on which to build for the future. Each group member has an important role in the group dynamic which is critical to the process of wellness.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) was pioneered in the 1960s as a form of psychoanalysis that focuses on challenging and adapting unhelpful thought processes, which then help to improve the way one feels. It has been proven to work particularly well with depression and anxiety, and is particularly suited to Group Therapy, as it allows individuals to bring therapy into what is making life difficult today, rather than focusing on past issues. With CBT you’ll learn how your thoughts, emotions and behaviours interact and can lead to us becoming locked into negative patterns of thinking. Through an understanding of your own cycle of behaviour you can begin to use Group therapy and CBT to put into practise alternative thought processes to achieve your goals. The process of change is all about sticking with your feelings of anxiousness and emotional discomfort, and learning to understand those feelings.
When is Group Therapy not a Good Fit?
It might be that you are not suited to Group Therapy and/or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). During the initial assessment process we will always advise the best approach for your specific needs and difficulties, whether Group Therapy, 1:1 counselling or a referral to a different, more appropriate service.
Group therapy might not be a good fit:
- If you are suffering with severe depression
- If you are suffering with severe social anxiety
- If you want specific individual attention
- Joining a group involves a commitment to attending a set time and place. If you have other commitments that may mean you may not always be able to attend, group therapy will not work for you and impacts the rest of the group.
- Some learning disabilities may mean group therapy doesn’t work for you – if you are unsure please ask.
- These particular groups are not tailored towards those with severe learning disabilities, psychosis or suicidal ideation.
*If in doubt about your condition, please do not hesitate to call us to understand more before making a booking.
“The greatest weapon over stress is our ability to choose one thought over another”
Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of groups are these?
The groups are facilitated and professionally led support groups which will include discussion and therapeutic guidance in respect of conditions relating to stress, anxiety and depression.
What therapeutic model is used?
CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) is used in relation to the Group Therapy for Anxiety. We may use a combination of therapeutic interventions for other groups. In addition, Group interaction provides significant learning opportunities and exchanges of information and therefore involves a relational component to each of the therapy sessions.
How much does it cost to attend?
Talk Time Therapies aims to keep these groups as affordable as possible. Professional services are expensive but we believe necessary in helping people to receive the best possible services. Please view the course information for cost of courses which may vary in price.
If I cannot attend all the sessions, can I receive a refund?
Sadly, we are unable to offer a refund for those sessions which have been signed up for unless at assessment we have established the course is not conducive to you going forward and prior to attending session 1. We are only able to run groups at an affordable rate in the community when people commit to attending the sessions after signing up. We urge you then to please think very carefully about your commitment to these sessions before signing up.
Is everything I say kept confidential?
Yes, anything which is discussed in group, stays in group. You will be required to sign to this effect when booking. However, Talk Time Therapies is obliged under certain circumstances to break confidentiality if they have concerns for your welfare or that of other people. The following may also be reasons to break confidentiality:
- In the course of police investigation
- Any information relating to Terrorism or Drug Trafficking
- Being required to answer questions in Court
- In any case where a failure to do so would lead to the conviction of the Therapist
- Where there is an imminent risk of a person inflicting serious injury upon himself/herself or others
- Where information is given to the Therapist about a child being abused or at imminent risk of abuse.
Do I have to talk in session?
There is a requirement in Group Therapy for Anxiety to undertake some exercises, which would require active participation. However, we do recognise that it takes time to settle down and to find your voice.
Who runs the sessions?
The sessions are run by experienced Counsellors who are working in the public, private and voluntary sectors of the community.
Who are the sessions for?
The sessions are aimed at supporting people who suffer from:
- Generalised Anxiety – a condition where you find it difficult to exercise control over worrying.
- Panic Attacks – very intense and sudden episode of intense fear which can happen for no reason at all or when in certain situations.
- Agoraphobia – being afraid of going out or putting yourself in a situation that might cause a panic attack.
- Social Phobia – when you fear being exposed to situations where you believe others are scrutinising you
- Depression – is a natural progression or secondary reaction to anxiety which might bring on:
- Low mood, irritability, hopelessness
- Loss of interest and enjoyment in activities
- Feeling you are bad, inadequate and worthless
- Becoming pessimistic
- Loss of energy
- Concentration issues
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in appetite and weight
- Changes in appetite and weight
- Loss of interest in sex
- Thoughts about death
Are there any people who may not be a good fit for the group?
Yes, unfortunately we cannot accept those with suicidal ideation, severe learning disabilities or those who need intensive psychological or psychiatric support.
Is there any structure to the group?
Yes, the therapist will be working within a framework but ensuring at all times flexibility for the session to explore a wide range of topics, including:
- how these experiences can affect one’s life
- comparing strategies and coping skills
- comparing symptoms
- looking at defences and blockages
- suggestions for going forward
What age group are the sessions aimed at?
The groups are aimed at men and women between the ages of 18 to 80. Some groups may be divided into age categories.
How many people will be in attendance?
The groups will be run with a minimum of six people and maximum of eight people. It is not financially viable for us to run a group with less than six people. Please note therefore that should we be unable to secure a minimum of six people in signing up, we reserve the right to cancel the session and make refunds to those already on the list.
Can I bring someone along with me?
We do not feel that it is conducive to the therapy to have other people in attendance and would ask that they wait elsewhere during this time. Issues of confidentiality are another factor involved in having someone else present.
It is important that our programme is right for you. To determine this, we would like to make a quick call to you to make an initial assessment. This is a standard process within therapy and conducted for the benefit of both yourself and others on the programme. If we are unable to accept you on to the programme, we will make an immediate refund. If you would like to call prior to your booking, please do not hesitate to call us on 07788 564009.