The Mood Course

Evidence Based Course for Managing Depression, Anxiety and Mood Swings

Every Monday 12 – 2pm

A course for those who experience some of the following :  

  • recurrent low moods
  • recurrent mood swings
  • lethargy and low energy
  • difficulty in making an maintaining positive relationships
  • anxiety & social anxiety
  • low self esteem
  • low self confidence
  • dependence on medication which is no longer helpful
  • physical conditions:  muscle tension, head-aches, sleeping problems, digestive problems
  • take medication for mood and wish to try a talking therapy
  • diagnosed with a mood disorder
  • isolate themselves and would like the opportunity to talk in supportive group

The course was developed by  senior NHS Psychotherapists since  2001, drawing on a combination of approaches: C.B.T.  mentalization  interpersonal therapy IPT,  mindfulness,  relaxation, and group analysis. The course and has been independently tested as clinically effective by Sussex Partnership NHS Trust using BDI and CORE.

Aims

  • explore causes and maintaining factors of depression and mood swings
  • develop more positive relationships
  • improve inter-personal skills
  • develop self-awareness and communication skills
  • learn new coping strategies to prevent and ameliorate highs and lows

Format

Twenty four lunch time sessions divided into three eight week modules. It is recommended to complete all three modules over a 24 week period.

Sessions run on Monday lunch times 12.00 – 2.00 pm.

Each session comprises: a 45 minute training session followed by a  short break, then 70  minute  group where you can practise and develop your interpersonal skills.

New members can join at the start of any module, with up to 10 members in the group.

Contents

Mood Management Techniques: identify the thoughts, feelings, symptoms &  behaviours associated with  your mood problems.  Learn how to manage your mood.

  • early warning signs
  • triggers and maintaining factors
  • breathing & relaxation exercises
  • sleep hygiene
  • mood and food

Communication Skills: develop more positive relationships with friends and family. Plus mood management methods.

  • understanding how you are under stress: self destructive patterns in how we relate to others :  avoidance, dependent, over-control or out of control ?
  • learning to identify & communicate how you are feeling
  • increase awareness of negative automatic thoughts and  thinking errors
  • listening and interpersonal skills

Making and Maintaining a Support Network: understanding your personality type and how you can better form supportive  relationships. 

  • getting to know your  personality type and how you prefer to communicate:  based on Myers Briggs Type Indicator
  • managing disappointment and what to do when relationships go wrong
  • understand the dangers of idealization & perfectionism. “60% good is fine ! ”
  • mindfulness

Course dates :  8 week modules Mondays 12.00 – 2.00pm

Module 1.  9.1.17 – 6.3.17.                Break on 13th  & 20th February.

Module 2. 20.3.17 –  22.5.17.            Break on 17th April & 1st May.

Module 3.  05.6.17 – 24.7.17.

Practitioners

Howard Edmunds, Psychotherapist. UKCP.  Reg with BUPA, AXA, PPP, ALLIANZ.

Giorgia Caradonna, Assistant Psychologist,  student at Sussex University BA in Psychology.

Booking

moodcourse@gmail.com

Fees

Each module comprises eight two hour sessions:  £25 per two hour session or £200 per 8 week module, paid in advance two weeks prior to start of course.  Fee includes all course materials.   If you are low waged or on benefits please let us know as we may be able to provide a part funded place with a lower fee.

Individual sessions prior to starting course:  £30 – £61 per session.

You will need to attend at least one individual session prior to joining the course.  Further weekly or fortnightly individual sessions can be arranged as required prior to starting.

Research

Participants are invited to opt in to our research to help us improve the effectiveness of the course.  This includes completing two short questionnaires before and during the course.  All answers are kept anonymous.

Follow up

All course participants are invited to come back for a further review session 2 – 3 months after finishing all  the course modules.  This review session is a chance to meet up with other course participants and get support in putting the course skills into practice.
Many decide to finish their therapy at the end of the course. However, for some, it can be helpful to have the option to go on to a long term psychotherapy group. Brighton Therapy Centre has a wide range of treatment choices of group and individual therapies including low and full cost.