The anxiety and depression service, Plymouth Options, offers the following courses. You can book a place on any of these courses by calling 01752 435419 or emailing [email protected]
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. You may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam or attending a job interview – during times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal. However, some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily life.
Appropriate for panic, agoraphobia, social anxiety, worries, OCD and health anxiety, this anxiety management course introduces the cognitive behaviour therapy model and offers an understanding of what anxiety is, what causes it and how to manage it. The course offers techniques on managing physical symptoms through breathing/relaxation techniques, challenging negative thoughts, managing worries, identifying safety behaviours and avoidance, and communication styles, as well as providing tips on improving diet and sleep.
This course runs weekly and every session lasts for two hours. You can book a place on this course by calling 01752 435419 or emailing [email protected]
Low mood affects lots of us from time to time. Difficult events and situations can leave us feeling down, and sometimes it’s possible to feel low without there being any obvious reason.
This course focuses on managing symptoms of low mood, depression, low motivation and low energy, as well as negative or self-critical thoughts. It offers techniques to manage physical symptoms with breathing and relaxation techniques, challenging negative thoughts, managing worries, identifying unhelpful behaviours and avoidance, and communication styles, as well as providing tips for improved sleep and diet.
Each session lasts for two hours and you can book a place on this course by calling 01752 435419 or emailing [email protected]
Managing Irritation & Frustration
This course is specifically designed to help people who have either depression or anxiety to manage their feelings of irritation and frustration. These feelings are common in people who experience anxiety and depression, and can lead to anger with a negative impact on our behaviour.
This course is based on the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) model and offers techniques on managing symptoms of frustration, short temper or irritation that can affect our mood. It introduces the CBT model and offers an understanding of frustration triggers as well as tools to manage those symptoms, including relaxation techniques, communication styles and assertiveness.
The course comprises of four 2 hour sesstions and you can book a place by calling 01752 435419 or emailing [email protected]
Do you find that you are often thinking about the past or thinking about the future? This is very common, our minds can often be very busy and can get hijacked by our thoughts resulting in never being fully present in the here and now. Our thoughts are also very convincing and can ‘bully’ us into believing things that are not necessarily true.
The Step 2 Mindfulness course can help people to understand that thoughts are not necessarily facts but merely events in the mind, it supports people in being able to move their attention to a particular object or activity and to notice what their mind is doing when they practice this skill. It will help people to identify and understand practical mindfulness skills that can be learned and used in many different areas of life.
This course runs over four weeks and can be booked by calling 01752 435419 or emailing [email protected]
Stress is the feeling of being under too much emotional or physical pressure. Stress can be a useful part of every life but sometimes it can lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed and exhausted, causing difficulties at work or at home. Stress can affect how you think, make decisions, and prioritise daily activities.
You may recognise some physical symptoms such as sleeplessness, loss of appetite, sweating, poor concentration, losing your temper and drinking more alcohol.
Stress Control is a four week Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) course that can help you learn better ways of handling stress that can come from common problems such as work, family and life stressors. The course introduces CBT and helps you understand what stress is, identify what causes your stress and how it is affecting you, and gives you some self-help strategies to tackle stress. It offers CBT techniques on managing physical symptoms with breathing/relaxation techniques, challenging negative thoughts, managing worries and identifying unhelpful behaviours, as well as providing tips for better sleep and diet.
Session 1: Information about stress and control your body – relaxation, exercise
Session 2: Control your thoughts – learn to think your way out of stress
Session 3: Control your actions – boost self confidence
Session 4: Bring it all together and control your future
Each session lasts for two hours. You can book a place on this course by calling 01752 435419 or emailing [email protected]