The materials contained under this heading are the workshops I deliver on behalf of a local mental health charity. The sessions typically run for around 90 minutes with a short break. These are open sessions so members are able to join at any point in the cycle of delivery and leave at any point. It is often the case that people complete two or more circuits, on the basis that each session has its own uniqueness due to the members participating and the fact that people are differentially receptive to new information according to their stage of recovery. One of my favourite sayings from Zen…
“You cannot step into the same river twice.”
The workshops are presented in Microsoft Powerpoint but I have saved them here as PDFs. Click on the links to open them in your PDF reader.
This is the second element of the cognitive-behavioural triangle. Some books on CBT consider physical feelings (muscle tension, heart rate, respiration etc.) as a separate component, but I find it best to view emotions more holistically. While behaviour and thoughts can be seen as distinct elements (in the true sense of the word), emotions are an amalgam of cognitive, behavioural and physiological components.
6. Thinking – I
This sessions sets the scene and introduces the different biases in thinking that can contribute to emotional distress. The next session (Thinking-II) looks in more details at how to challenge and change your unhelpful thinking patterns.
7. Thinking – II