Group therapy

Group therapy is an effective way to treat anxiety. We run a 12-week programme, limited to eight participants, so that you get the benefits of group work while still getting individual attention from the therapist.

Group therapy session

How does it work?

We run a 12-week Anxiety Therapy Group, meeting at our facilities in Leeds city centre. Each session lasts for two hours.

It is a closed group which is limited to eight members (plus the therapist). This means that the only people attending will be the people you meet in week one. This is important because in the first week we'll be agreeing how we behave towards each other and why it is important that nobody (including the therapist) discusses anything that happens in the group with anyone outside of the group. It also means that, as the weeks go on, the group will get to know and trust each other without any new members disrupting that.

The group will be run as an integrative therapy group. That means that you will be given lots of opportunities to be listened to as you share your personal history and experiences in a safe and supportive group.

In addition, there will be structured learning of some new skills to improve the symptoms of your anxiety. It's therefore a mix of the more traditional counselling groups with some proven CBT-type skills included.

What will I get out of it?

The aims of the group are:

  • To benefit from having a safe place where you can talk and think about your anxiety
  • To help you feel more accepting about being an anxiety sufferer by meeting and growing to like other people who are also anxiety sufferers
  • To understand how anxiety works and why it affects you personally in the ways it does
  • To build the motivation, with the support of the group, to do new and perhaps uncomfortable things to help improve your anxiety
  • To work through understanding and improving one of the symptoms of your anxiety so that you can use that blueprint to apply it to other areas of your life

Who can attend?

The group is open to anyone who considers themselves to be an anxiety sufferer. You do not need a referral from your GP. It is recommended that you do not attend during the course of any other mental health treatment (counselling, IAPT etc.).

When is it?

You can choose between:

  • Tuesday
  • Saturday

Meetings take place from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, running for 12 weeks.

How much does it cost?

£420 per participant. The group meets for a total of 24 hours, meaning you pay £17.50 per hour. This makes it much more affordable than our one-to-one therapy, which costs £60 per hour.

How can I find out more?

Contact Chris Osborne on 07971 214724 or email chris.osborne@leedsanxietyclinic.co.uk. He will be happy to chat with you about what the group involves and answer any questions you may have.

Or, if you're ready to get started, click the link below to book your place. Our groups will run on a rolling basis, so if you miss this one, you'll be able to join the next one in three months' time.

Registration for these groups is currently closed.

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