TalkPlus Courses

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TalkPlus runs a range of courses for various conditions.  Nearly all are held at our main location in The Meads Business Centre, Farnborough.

You can discuss the details of our courses with your therapist during your assessment or treatment and they will help you decide if a course might be appropriate for you.

Managing low mood and anxiety

The course runs over 4 weeks and each module is an hour long. These are run either in person or online.

The course is suitable for anybody who wants an introduction to CBT, to gain understanding about general anxiety and depression and is self-motivated to learn self-help techniques to manage better.

There are opportunities to ask questions and join in with group tasks, although it is not a forum to share their personal experiences. We encourage participants to have their cameras on when attending a course online. Generally, patients attend the managing low mood and anxiety course following initial assessment.

Each week covers different topics:
Session 1: Understanding depression and anxiety as common mental health difficulties. Identifying the main problem using 5 areas model. Wellbeing tips (exercise, eating and sleep). Setting SMART goals.
Session 2: Behavioural Activation and Cognitive Restructuring
Session 3: Worry management, Problem solving and Progressive muscle relaxation.
Session 4: Graded Exposure. Maintaining progress and Further Support.

The course is suitable for people experiencing mild to more severe levels of depression or general anxiety. The course does not cover how to manage OCD, social anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, health anxiety, PTSD, or sleep difficulties.

Overall the course was fantastic and, I think, has had a benefit that I can build upon


Useful Skills for Better Relationships

You may be experiencing difficulties in relationships at work or in your personal life, or may find it hard to build or sustain relationships generally.

The course is a four-week programme (4 x 1.5 hours early evening).

Each week covers a different topic:
Session 1: Feeling comfortable with conversations
Session 2: Being assertive and speaking up for yourself
Session 3: Managing frustration and irritability
Session 4: Showing affection and giving praise and encouragement.

Ideally you should be able to attend all four modules.

The class tends to be quite small and there is time for individuals to share their experiences if they would like to.

There is a mixture of presentations, role plays (by the facilitators to demonstrate points and the participants usually in pairs to practise communication skills), small and larger group discussions and one or two questionnaires

‘I still think it was one of the most helpful and useful courses I’ve done, so I’d be happy to help spread the word.’ 


Living Well, Staying Well

This course is designed for people who have a long-term health condition and want some support with managing their mood and anxiety around their physical health.

The course is about understanding the link between physical health and emotional wellbeing.   
Each week covers different topics:
Session 1: Links between physical and emotional wellbeing, the cycle of change and the difference between physical symptoms and suffering
Session 2: Sleep and worry management
Session 3: Movement (Boom and bust, pacing & SOC model) and Negative Automatic Thoughts
Session 4: Healthy eating, diet and emotions
Session 5: Communicating with others and talking to ourselves
Session 6: Bringing it all together

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy Course for Depression, Anxiety and Pain

An 8-week course for those who want to learn to use mindfulness skills to improve their mental and physical well-being. This course is a hybrid of face-to-face and online video according to your preference and availability.

This is a practical course teaching participants how to pay greater attention to the present moment – to thoughts, feelings and body states as well as the world around them– in order to be able to take better care of themselves.

Mindfulness practice has been shown to be particularly beneficial for people who are recovering from depression or wanting to deal with anxiety and stress or those who are having to manage longer-term physical health conditions.

Over the course of eight 2-hour classes a range of meditation and resilience building exercises will be introduced and support materials will be provided. There will be the opportunity for small group discussions to reflect on the best use of the exercises and to help tailor the approach to individual needs. Past participants often comment on how they valued the support and mutual learning within the group.

Mindfulness strongly depends on practice. There is therefore an expectation that participants will be able to commit to daily practice between the classes.

Referrals to the course are through your TalkPlus therapist

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