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Hillingdon Workshops and Courses

These are a great way of meeting others facing the same difficulties as you, and give you an opportunity to learn from the experiences of others. They also can enable you to learn more beneficial techniques over a short period time, and the time to practice these techniques at your own pace and with the support of others before practicing them alone.

The Hillingdon Talking Therapies Service offers the following courses, workshops and events. Please contact the Talking Therapies service to be referred. Entry into a group is subject to assessment and availability.

One-off Workshops

  • Stress Management
    This workshop is aimed at those who are attending Job Centre Plus. The single session aims to help those who are constantly worrying, find it hard to switch off, and/or find it difficult to get things done. The session will cover how to use cognitive-behavioural techniques to reduce stress and worry and help you face your problems in a practical way.
  • Emotional Wellbeing in Later Life
    This workshop is aimed at older adults, and particularly those who may have lost someone close to them or are feeling lonely. It is also aimed at those who may find themselves constantly worrying, feeling down and/or losing interest in the things they used to enjoy. This workshop is a great way to find out more about the services that Hillingdon Talking Therapies offer. The session will include information about stress and worry and how these can affect us, as well as advice on improving wellbeing and on therapeutic techniques that can be useful.
  • Support for Carers
    This workshop is aimed at carers who provide help to someone with physical and/or mental health difficulties. Caring is an important job, but can often be one where you can feel alone or under great strain. The session will cover how to use cognitive-behavioural techniques to help you manage your stress, overcome low mood and tackle anxiety.

Multi-Session Workshops

  • Wellbeing for Mums
    This workshop is aimed mothers who are struggling to cope with the adjustment to parenthood. Mood changes, irritability and episodes of tearfulness are common after giving birth, and are often known as the ‘baby blues.’ These symptoms usually clear up within a few weeks. However, if your symptoms are persistent, it could be postnatal depression. Postnatal depression is a type of depression some women experience after having a baby. Anxiety affects a lot of mothers too. We run a five-week programme for mums who need emotional support. This is a chance to meet other mums, build a network and learn new skills to help you cope. The sessions will include ways of dealing with worry, challenging negative thoughts and techniques to manage difficulties.
  • Managing Low Mood
    This course is aimed at those who feel down or low, have little energy or feel unmotivated, and/or have negative thoughts about themselves and the situations they are in. The six sessions will teach you how to make changes that can lift your mood, while also understanding why you might be feeling down and teaching you skills to overcome these feelings.
  • Managing Anxiety
    This workshop is aimed at those who are feeling anxious or worried. You may find it difficult to stop or control your worrying, worry about lots of different things and/or get easily annoyed or irritated. The sessions will teach you how you can make changes that can control your anxiety and help you face difficulties you might have been avoiding. We will teach you different tools which can help you understand why you might be feeling worried and skills to overcome these feelings.
  • Stress Management
    This course is aimed at those who find it hard to switch off and are constantly worrying. You may feel that you have different stressors in your life and you’re struggling to manage all the different demands on you. This course can teach you about how you can make changes that can help you manage stress. We will teach you different tools which can help you understand why you might be feeling down and skills to overcome these feelings.

Please note: Although the group is in a group setting, this is not a group therapy session. You will not be asked to share your personal experiences although some participants like to share ideas based on experiences. The course is more about the therapists teaching CBT skills. It is more of a lecture based format taught over 6 weeks.

  • Diabetes and Wellbeing
    This course is aimed at those who have diabetes, and who find themselves feeling down and worrying a lot about it. This course helps you understand the interactions between how you think and how you behave. Feeling low or frustrated can affect how you think about situations and can also affect how you manage your diabetes. Using principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the course teaches you how to recognize unhelpful ways of thinking, to interpret difficulties in a more helpful way, to learn new skills and techniques in managing changes in mood and to feel more in control of your diabetes.
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Management
    This course is aimed at those who may be feeling anxious and who find it difficult to cope with their emotions. Or, you might be feeling low and find this overwhelms you. The sessions will help you to learn how to tolerate and manage difficult thoughts, feelings and physical sensations using mindfulness techniques, on a weekly basis.
  • Mindfulness and Acceptance for Health
    This course is aimed at those who have a physical health condition, and who might find living with their condition is challenging. This course will teach you ways to self-manage and live well with ill health. You will learn how to tolerate and manage difficult thoughts, feelings and physical sensations often connected to your physical health condition using mindfulness techniques, on a weekly basis.