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Healthy Minds Bucks

Working together to improve wellbeing

Courses and groups

Courses

  • Healthy Minds run a variety of courses to support people to manage low mood, stress and anxiety
  • Informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), the courses support individuals to begin to recognise the relationship between their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, with guidance to make practical changes
  • The courses are led by two clinicians who will guide the you through the session materials
  • The courses run over 6 weeks as weekly sessions for 2 hours each. They are held in the High Wycombe, Amersham and Aylesbury areas, and happen throughout the day and evening

Session 1 – Introduction to CBT

Session 2 – Exploring low mood and decreased activity

Session 3 – Overcoming barriers and identifying our values

Session 4 – Noticing unhelpful thoughts

Session 5 – Challenging negative thoughts and improving sleep

Session 6 – Maintaining change and planning for the future

Session 1 – Introduction to CBT

Session 2 – Management of physical symptoms

Session 3 – Managing worry and solving practical problems

Session 4 – Noticing and challenging unhelpful thoughts

Session 5 – Understanding and dealing with avoidance

Session 6 – Maintaining change and planning for the future

Benefits include

  • A fast way to access treatment support
  • Learning from others who have similar difficulties
  • Discovering ways to manage and improve your symptoms in a safe and structured setting
  • You will be taught the same techniques as you would be taught in individual treatment
  • Courses run at a variety of times throughout the day and evening, at venues across Buckinghamshire

Groups

As well as our courses, we regularly run a number of therapy groups for a variety of difficulties.

This group focuses on how to:

  • Understand the nature of your depression
  • Develop an understanding of the interactions between our thoughts, behaviours and feelings
  • Develop strategies to cope with triggers that may cause people to become depressed, such as problem solving and challenging unhelpful thinking
  • Reduce the chances of becoming depressed again
  • Practice these skills and strategies in between the weekly sessions and then review them in the group
You will:
  • Learn about the nature of OCD, including intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviours and how this fits together in a common pattern of interactions
  • Understand how making unhelpful assessments of our thoughts can cause these thoughts to become intrusive and cause behaviours to be repeated
  • Develop strategies to cope with thoughts and life events, and use behavioural experiments to break the vicious cycle of OCD
You will:
  • Learn about the nature of low self-esteem: how it develops, how it affects our emotions and thoughts, and how it influences how we lead our lives. We will look at how this all fits together in common patterns of interactions
  • Understand what keeps low self-esteem going
  • Build experience and confidence in situations which you find difficult and which trigger self-critical or anxious thoughts
  • Develop a more positive and accepting attitude towards yourself
  • Plan for managing future difficulties and challenges
You will understand:
  • More about dementia and how it affects your loved one
  • More about managing stress and low mood that can occur in the role of being a carer
  • How to respond when your relative is distressed and how to cope with the behaviours you find most difficult
  • The opportunity to share experiences with others 

We know that, at times, living with Type 2 Diabetes can be a challenge. The Diabetes Wellbeing Course is for anyone living with Type 2 Diabetes. This course is designed for anyone who would like help with managing their diabetes, including the emotional impact. The course is made up of six weekly sessions. We can also offer help for living with Type 1 Diabetes, please ask us for further information.

You will:
  • Learn daily meditation practices
  • Have the opportunity of applying these ideas to your own experience, through regular meditation practice, through discussion with other participants, through exercises done in class and through weekly home practice
  • Have access each week to audios to guide your meditation practice to help you consolidate what you have heard in class
  • Have the unique opportunity of sharing your experiences and ideas with others who understand the issues caused by depression
You will
  • Learn daily meditation practices
  • Have the opportunity of applying these ideas to your own experience, through regular meditation practice, through discussion with other participants, through exercises done in class and through weekly home practice
  • Have access each week to audios to guide your meditation practice and handouts to help you consolidate what you have heard in class
  • Have the unique opportunity of sharing your experiences and ideas with others who understand the difficulties caused by health problems

The Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) group can offer a space in which to both explore interpersonal difficulties and to develop interpersonal skills which can then be transferred to the outside world. It can be a place in which to experiment with new ways of interacting with others. A group can offer the ideal place to work on breaking patterns of social isolation as you are with others who are experiencing similar issues.

This is a 10 week structured group designed to help mothers struggling with depression and anxiety after birth. The course is facilitated by a CBT Therapist, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and Health Visitor. We also offer one session just for partners.

The group provides an improved understanding of postnatal depression and anxiety and learning to look after yourself again. We also learn to apply practical strategies using a CBT approach.

Many people with physical health difficulties can have times when they feel down or worried about it. Feeling down or worried can, in turn, make it harder to manage your LTC the way you want to. 

The Live Well team can help with managing the emotional impact of living with a long term condition. Please click here for further information. 

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