Compassion Focused Therapy

This group focuses on managing self-criticism which might lead to depression or anxiety. This may be helpful if you feel that you don’t like yourself or tend to be more hard and unforgiving towards yourself. We will develop an understanding of our ‘inner critic’ and practice ways of responding to ourselves more helpfully. The groups uses experiential exercises including mindfulness practices, compassionate imagery and letter writing. The group setting is also a key benefit to the intervention as we aim to develop a supportive and nurturing environment. The group runs for 2 hours over 8 consecutive weeks.

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What can I expect from a group session?

Workshops are typically three hours long, whereas group sessions can range in length. All have a short comfort break in the middle. There are usually up to 10-20 attending the session. Our sessions are facilitated by two to three members of staff.

How many people will there be?

You can expect between 10-20 people to be there. Everyone will be asked to respect the group rules and confidentiality.

Will I have to talk?

No, not if you don’t want to. Participation is encouraged to help you get the most out of the session but we keep the discussions based on the topic rather than personal experience. You will never be put on the spot to contribute and if you do not wish to take part in group discussions that is ok and you will not be forced to contribute.

Do I need to attend every group session?

Yes. Our group sessions are designed to follow on from each other and closely replicate what you would cover in one-to-one sessions. Just like a course of antibiotics, the group is most effective when attended regularly. You wouldn’t expect an antibiotic to work if you only took the first and last tablet and therapy is no different. If you miss more than two sessions of a group we will ask you to attend another one where you are able to make a regular commitment.

What if I see someone I know?

This is a common question but it rarely happens. If you are ever uncomfortable in a group you can always ask to attend the next one. However there may be positives in seeing someone you know at a session. It may be that you both hadn’t been open about your difficulties before but could now be a support for each other.

I can no longer make it, what should I do?

Please let us know as soon as you know you are unable to attend. For our workshops this enables us to offer your place to someone else who may be waiting. In our regular groups it means we won’t wait for you to get started and can ensure you receive any missed material.

Is there anything else I should know?

Most people feel anxious about attending a group session and you will not be alone. However everyone there wants you to feel comfortable and learn how to improve your wellbeing. We often find that people stay in touch with other group members and provide an invaluable support to one another.