Introduction to Anxiety Group
Many people who suffer with anxiety feel overwhelmed by all the information that’s available on the subject from websites and books. In addition, they often feel uncomfortable reading about anxiety because it can feel personal and bring up difficult emotions. As a result, many anxiety sufferers don’t have a clear idea of what their anxiety is, and they don’t feel confident accessing treatments to improve their quality of life.
To address this Leeds Anxiety Clinic’s specialist anxiety therapist, Chris Osborne, is hosting a friendly, welcoming and easy to access six-week group to:
- Introduce you to a simple way to understand your anxiety
- Let you meet fellow sufferers to share experiences & help in accepting your own anxiety
- Show you how the most popular treatments work
- Give you the confidence that your anxiety can be greatly improved
- Show you how to use CBT type techniques to improve one aspect of your anxiety
After these sessions, you will understand what anxiety is and know what can be done to improve your symptoms further. This will give you the confidence and motivation to take the next steps in further reducing your anxiety.
The group runs from 6.30-7.30pm Tuesday 2nd April through to Tuesday 7th May at Phoenix Health & Wellbeing on Park Place in Leeds city centre. The cost of attendance is £90 per person. This popular group is only open to 8 people and registration is on a first-come-first-served basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Registration closes on 26th March.
Frequently asked questions
When and where is the group?
The sessions are from 6.30-7.30pm Tuesday 2nd April through to Tuesday 7th May at Phoenix Health & Wellbeing on Park Place in Leeds.
How many people will be in the group?
The group is limited to eight group members. Please book early to avoid disappointment. If you are not able to secure a place in the April/May group, we can add you to our waiting list, and a place may become available in the event we have any cancellations. In addition, we can add you to our mailing list so that we can inform you the next time this group is running.
Who is this group aimed at?
This group is for people who are early on in their journey to understand and manage their anxiety. The concepts we’ll be covering will help build confidence that anxiety is something that can easily be understood and, with practise, managed. It will also introduce attendees to some of the basic ways that treatment can improve symptoms with attendees encouraged to practise applying what they’ve learned to one aspect of their anxiety to show how it works. It is not designed to be a complete course of therapy.
It could also be an excellent refresher and confidence booster for people who may not have had treatment for their anxiety for some time and may be lacking confidence returning to support.
What’s the mood of the group?
It’s a light, low-intensity introductory group. It will be optimistic, and solution focused. Our aim is to build confidence and concentrate on what we can improve about anxiety. There may even be a little humour.
Who is the facilitator?
Chris Osborne is a BACP registered anxiety therapist and clinical supervisor who runs one-to-one and group therapy sessions for the Leeds Anxiety Clinic. He has over ten years experience working with anxiety sufferers. Feedback from previous groups suggests his strengths are his ability to make anxiety easy to understand and his optimism about the prospects for people who learn to manage their anxiety.
Will my anxiety be cured by attending this group?
No. It will introduce you to some of the basic ways that treatment can improve symptoms and you’ll be encouraged to practise applying what they’ve learned to one aspect of your anxiety to show how it works. But it is not designed to be a complete course of therapy.
What will I get out of it?
The group is designed to improve your understanding and confidence in dealing with your anxiety. The concepts we’ll be covering will help build your confidence that anxiety is something that can easily be understood and, with practise, managed. It will also introduce you to some of the basic ways that treatment can improve your symptoms. You’ll be encouraged to practise applying what you’ve learned to one aspect of your anxiety to show how it works.
How much does it cost to attend?
The group is £90 per person to attend the six one-hour sessions.
How do I pay?
We take a one-off payment when you book your place, using our secure online payment system. You can pay with any credit or debit card.
What’s your cancellation policy?
If for any reason you wish to cancel we offer a full refund up until the close of registration (26th March). After that date refunds will not be available as your place cannot be made available to those on our waiting list.
What should I do after the group?
Once you’ve got some confidence and you know how your anxiety works you can decide what to do next. You may decide you’re ready to seek out one-to-one or group treatment through the NHS, a local charity or a private provider to work on your anxiety in more depth. You may feel you’re confident using self-help resources to work on your anxiety at home or with a friend. Or you may decide that you’ve done enough for now and get on with living your life with the knowledge that you have a plan for what to do should your anxiety become a problem in the future.
What if I have a question?
Contact Chris Osborne on 07971 214724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be happy to chat with you about what the group involves and answer any questions you may have.