The Mood Course

Evidence Based Group for Managing Depression, Anxiety and Mood Swings

Every Tuesday 1pm  – 2.50 pm.

Next group starts end of September for ten weeks.

What is Managing Depression and Anxiety Group?
Managing Depression and Anxiety Group is a 10 week group designed for those experiencing depression, anxiety or mood swings. The group runs for 10 weeks, with up to 10 participants.

Each two hour session is split into two halves, the first half is led by qualified facilitators (counsellor/ psychologist/ psychotherapist) who will share helpful theory, tools and ways to help you better manage your mood, make lifestyle changes, communicate and maintain positive relationships. The second half is more free flow, and as part of a small group, you can receive support in a safe and supportive environment and share with others how you mood problems affect your day to day life.

The Depression and Anxiety Group is based on The Mood Course, which has run since 2009 in the NHS and now BCT.  It draws upon many therapeutic approaches (such as CBT, Psychodynamic, Humanistic).  In 2013, this course was independently audited (by Sussex Partnership NHS Trust) and was proven to be clinically effective.

Who will benefit from this course?
This group is for those who experience any of the following:

  • Reoccurring low mood or mood swings
  • Lethargy or low energy
  • Low self-esteem or confidence
  • Difficulty in making or maintaining positive relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Feel isolated or lonely and would like the opportunity to talk in a supportive group

Most people find the group alone to be beneficial.  While for others, it works well alongside one to one therapy.

What can you expect?
Managing Depression and Anxiety Group will help you to learn about changes you can make to your lifestyle to help you with your moods.  It will also help you develop your communication and socialisation skills with others, so you feel less alone with your thoughts and feelings. You will have a space to learn how to share your problems and receive support. It will also help you to develop self-awareness by listening to others who have similar issues. Groups are typically between 5-10 people.

Sessions are held at BCT on Tuesday lunchtimes (1.00-2.50pm).

The group in more depth
Mood management in order to…

  • Learn how to identify the biological symptoms and triggers associated with anxiety and depression; and learn helpful techniques to help you manage your mood and cope with reoccurring negative thoughts and feelings.
  • Learn about how making simple changes to your diet to improve your emotional and physical wellbeing.
  • Explore the importance of Rest, Sleep and Exercise and look at ways that you can make lifestyle changes which will help with your mood.
  • Explore ways to improve your relationships, learn ways to communicate your feelings to others and to recognise how you can block yourself from building a supportive network of friends.

Each module has 10 two hour sessions:
£12.50 – £25  per session
£125- £250 per 10 sessions

Individual sessions are available weekly or fortnightly prior to starting the course. Cost £25 – £50.

Bursaries available: please ask.

Course Director : Howard Edmunds, UKCP

Group Facilitator: To be announced…


What’s different about the course?
This group is different to many other mood courses, due to its focus on relationships. We believe it is important to learn the vital skills and tools to help you manage your mood, but it is equally important to learn ways to express yourself and improve your social network.  We do this by supporting you to share your problems with others, gain support and become more self-confident.

Here is what those who have attended the group think of the group….


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“ Since attending the group, I feel a bit clearer about my future, little by little.  I feel a bit stronger to tackle some of my worries and fears, accepting my emotions a bit more.   I have more acceptance of myself – its OK if I’m not perfect, I’m good enough.  I’m able to identify what helps me to feel better or calmer:  exercise, healthy diet, meditation, rest, linking up with others.  I am also keeping a mood journal – writing down feelings and noticing good things as well as when I am struggling.  I can open up to others or write down my feelings more easily, before things get too hard – so I speak about how I am feeling rather letting things fester and get worse ”  Georgia  March 2019.


“The group allowed for completely open discussions. You could talk freely, in a safe space with the anonymity of the scenario. These open discussions gave me an amazing sense of perspective because you could talk freely and honestly with people who share a similar situation as yours, and outside the group you would’ve probably not spoken to these specific people.”


“A lot changed since I attended this group. I have been better than I have ever been and my anxiety has not been as intense. I have gotten off the medication and gained perspective around not being the only person with problems. I am definitely talking to others and hearing their problems more often.”