Length

8 weekly sessions, 2 hours each

Format/Description

A program that focuses on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach to treating anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and stress. Learn how thinking differently can affect your feelings, and ultimately your mood, for the better.

Who should attend this group?

This group is intended for adults (18+) with mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

Not suitable for anyone experiencing a life crisis or requiring urgent mental health service; if you have a cognitive challenge that would interrupt your ability to learn, remember and practice new material; if you have difficulty containing and managing your emotions; or if you have been mandated to attend group programming.

Requirements/Expectations

There is a required textbook, “Mind Over Mood – 2nd Edition” by Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky, which can be purchased at Indigo or Amazon, borrowed from your local library (print or electronic copies) or borrowed from our organization (print copies only). If you need to borrow a book from the Thames Valley Family Health Team, please contact [email protected].

Participants are expected to:

  • Complete confidential assessments at beginning and end of 8-week group
  • Commit to attend all sessions
  • Complete homework between sessions, which may include reading, reflection, trying new strategies, etc.

Benefits/Take-aways

As a participant, you will learn that thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours are connected to your moods, physical experiences and events in your everyday life. You will learn to think about yourself and situations in more helpful ways, and to change your thinking patterns and behaviours that keep you stuck in distressing moods. Coping strategies will include mindfulness, breathing techniques, journaling, gratitude, affirmations, goal setting, action plans, and thought records.

Participant Feedback

– “It’s helped me to realize I’m not alone in my thoughts or events in my life as others are or have dealt with them before. It has given me tools to use and changed my reactions/ thoughts on things. The book is really spot on that I can relate to as well as being in the group and the facilitators.” (March 2021)
– “This group has been amazing. Great teachers, great people, felt so comfortable and learned so much on how to cope with life’s ups and downs.” (March 2021)
– “Feel calmer and more able to cope with issues & emotions in a constructive way.” (December 2020)

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