Befriending Anxiety – A 4 weeks Introductory Mindfulness Based Course

Befriending Anxiety is a short course suitable for anyone wanting to better handle their anxiety, worry and stress.

This is an experiential course based on tried and tested cognitive-behavioural (CBT) and mindfulness-based practices. Each session offers a mix of teaching, group discussion and practical skills training. It is led by an experienced therapist and mindfulness instructor. There is a small time commitment to try out new skills between sessions.

In a supportive, small-group environment you will:

  • explore creative and effective ways of breaking free from habitual cycles of anxiety.
  • discover how to identify and deal with anxious states as they arise.
  • acquire basic mindfulness skills for better resilience and psychological flexibility.
  • experiment with different ways to better take care of yourself.

 What you will learn:

  • Common features of all types of anxiety
  • Creative ways of reducing stress and worry
  • Practical mindfulness and relaxation skills
  • How to embrace uncertainty in helpful ways
  • How to handle anxious thoughts and feelings more effectively
  • How to create a richer and more nourishing life

 This course offer an introduction to mindfulness practices, which can be learned in depth on the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) offered by BTC.

This course may be a useful companion to one-to-one therapy. It is not necessarily a substitute for individual work best carried out with a trained therapist. If you are unsure about whether now is the right time to do the course, please note this on your application form and/or talk to your therapist and/or talk to us.

Who is our facilitator?

Richard Gilpin

Richard Gilpin

Richard Gilpin is a meditation instructor, cognitive-behavioural (CBT) psychotherapist and gestalt counsellor with a specialist interest in mindfulness. He has trained extensively in mindfulness-based practices since the 1990s and has been facilitating regular Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses since 2007. His research, conducted as part of a MA in Buddhist Studies, on the origins and practices of MBCT, was published in 2008. He is the author of two self-help books: Mindfulness for Black Dogs and Blue Days (2012) and Mindfulness for Unravelling Anxiety (2016).

You can find more information about Richard Gilpin and his work on his web-site:



Fees and Times

Fees: £88 individuals  Paid in advance in full (when you book your place).

The courses runs weekly on Wednesdays from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm.

Our Room


All our rooms at BTC have been designed to create a warm and comfortable environment for our practitioners and clients. We have windows in each room allowing plenty of light to come in with double glazing and central heating for the winter and ventilation for the summer. Befriending Anxiety is run in Room A2 which is on the 1st floor or our building.

Next Befriending Anxiety is on:

13th June to 18th June (4 weeks course)

7th November to 12th December (6 weeks course)

Times: Wednesdays (7.15 – 9.15pm)

To apply or enquire, please call  01273 626444 email including your name, contact number and a convenient time we can call you.

Your booking will  be confirmed on receipt of the application form and course fee paid in full. The fee is non-refundable.