Redbridge Group Sessions

On this webpage you can find out about our upcoming group sessions. We understand that joining a group can seem quite daunting, but speaking with others who've been through a similar experience can be reassuring and beneficial for all involved. Our group sessions are delivered by our qualified clinicians who will support you, teach you about relevant psychological disorders and ways of coping. 

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT)

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Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT)

When:  Tuesdays 7.15 – 9pm (starting Tuesday 30th November 2021)

How long does the course last? 8 weeks (Please make sure you can commit to all sessions)

Where: This group will take place via Zoom. You will need access to a PC/Mobile with internet connection.

Who: This group is designed for people of all ages and backgrounds. Although the mindfulness technique is derived from eastern Buddhist traditions it can be learned and practiced without reference to these.  MBCT is for anyone struggling with unpleasant emotions such as stress and depression, who would like to learn techniques to be more present and change deeply established mental patterns You must be 18 or over and registered with a Redbridge GP to access this course.

Will I need to speak in the sessions? We do encourage clients to take part in these sessions, but it's up to you what you feel comfortable in saying.

Facilitators:  Antonio and Petra

How do I join: Self refer yourself to our service using our online form. Or call us on 0300 300 1554—option 1 (9am–5pm, Monday–Friday). When self referring to our service mention that you'd like to join the MBCT starting 30.11.21.

What will I learn: MBCT is about increasing our moment-to-moment awareness so that we can change deeply established mental patterns. The central aim is to learn to respond to our difficulties with choice rather than reacting and going down the same old mental ruts that caused us problems in the past.  Over the 8 weeks you will learn about the practice of mindfulness and some of the basic principles of cognitive therapy, which we hope you will find helpful in dealing with your difficulties.

The group will also offer the opportunity for you to share your experiences with a group of like-minded people, which can be extremely powerful and beneficial.

What might be the benefits?

  • Lasting reduction in symptoms
  • An increased ability to relax
  • An ability to cope more effectively with short and long term stressful situations.
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life.

Notes: The techniques may feel very new to you, but we ask that you approach the group with an open mind. It also requires commitment and so taking the time and effort to practice techniques in between sessions will help you to fully benefit from this course. You will be asked to undertake daily  practice at home.

Me and my baby

Mum and baby

When:  Tuesday 1:30-3pm ( Starting 11th January 2022)

How long does the course last? 4 weeks (Please make sure you can commit to all sessions)

Where: Teams This group will take place via Microsoft Teams. You will need access to a PC/Mobile with internet connection.

Who: This group is for first time mothers. You must be 18 or over and registered with a Redbridge GP to access this course.

Will I need to speak in the sessions? We do encourage clients to take part in these sessions, but it's up to you what you feel comfortable in saying.

Facilitators:  Shuhela Shahnaz, Aleksandra Zabielska-Klos

How do I join: Self refer yourself to our service using our online form. Or call us on 0300 300 1554—option 1 (9am–5pm, Monday–Friday). When self referring to our service mention that you'd like to join the Me and my baby group  starting 11th January

What will I learn: The group aims to explore common issues that are faced by first time mothers and deliver coping strategies to manage better.  Some of the areas we will focus on  are self compassion, anxiety, maternal identity etc.

Notes: We keep the group size between 6-8, please be prepared to commit to all 4 sessions as spaces are limited.

Please note, in some cases a group may not be appropriate for you, in which case we will offer alternative treatments or services which would better suit you.

Any questions please ring us, or email RDBTalkingtherapies@nelft.nhs.uk

Anxiety and Worry Group

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When: Mondays 2-4pm (starting 17th January 2022) 

How long does the course last? 7 weeks (Please make sure you can commit to all sessions)

Where: This group will take place via Microsoft Teams. You will need access to a PC/Mobile with internet connection.

Who: This group is open to anyone struggling with worry and coping with uncertainty. You must be 18 or over and registered with a Redbridge GP to access this course.

Will I need to speak in the sessions? We do encourage clients to take part in these sessions, but it's up to you what you feel comfortable in saying.

Facilitators:  Heera and Vicky 

How do I join: Self refer yourself to our service using our online form. Or call us on 0300 300 1554—option 1 (9am–5pm, Monday–Friday). When self referring to our service mention that you'd like to join the Anxiety and Worry group starting 17th January 2022

Please note, in some cases a group may not be appropriate for you, in which case we will offer altnerative treatments or services which would better suit you. 

Any questions please ring us, or email RDBTalkingtherapies@nelft.nhs.uk 

Sukoon Group for Muslim Women

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Sukoon

When:  Mondays 12pm - 1:30pm Starting date TBC

How long does the course last? 8 weeks (Please make sure you can commit to all sessions)

Where: This group will take place via Microsoft Teams. You will need access to a PC/Mobile with internet connection.

Who: This group is Muslim Women struggling with low mood. This group will incorporate religion into the treatment of low mood. You must be 18 or over and registered with a Redbridge GP to access this course.

Will I need to speak in the sessions? We do encourage clients to take part in these sessions, but it's up to you what you feel comfortable in saying.

Facilitators:  Naeema and Khadija

How do I join: Self refer yourself to our service using our online form. Or call us on 0300 300 1554—option 1 (9am–5pm, Monday–Friday). When self referring to our service mention that you'd like to join the Sukoon group.

What will I learn:

Week 1: Introduction to the course + how depression develops, in particular, looking at the difference in presentation and myth busting

Week 2: Introducing Values based Behavioural Activation (BA) + core belief and practices in Islam

Week 3: Baseline diary + relaxation techniques through dua (prayers)

Week 4: Identifying activities – R/N/P (one step at a time in relation to Islam, Zikr (remembrance) and connecting to the Quran)

Week 5: Identifying unhelpful thinking styles using thought diary

Week 6: Challenging thoughts – including Maghfirah (forgivness) and Sabr (patience)

Week 7: Amal (hope), Shukr (gratitude) and tying your camel, belief (yakeen) in God

Week 8: Tying everything together and staying active guide

Notes: Please note this group is part of a research project and so you will need to consent to being part of this research.

Please note, in some cases a group may not be appropriate for you, in which case we will offer alternative treatments or services which would better suit you.

Any questions please ring us, or email RDBTalkingtherapies@nelft.nhs.uk

Depression and me

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When:  Thursdays/11am-1pm Starting 6th January 2022

How long does the course last? 8-10 weeks (Please make sure you can commit to all sessions)

Where: Zoom This group will take place via Zoom. You will need access to a PC/Mobile with internet connection.

Who: This group is people struggling with low mood. You must be 18 or over and registered with a Redbridge GP to access this course.

Will I need to speak in the sessions? We do encourage clients to take part in these sessions, but it's up to you what you feel comfortable in saying.

Facilitators:  Ranjot and Antonio

How do I join: Self refer yourself to our service using our online form. Or call us on 0300 300 1554—option 1 (9am–5pm, Monday–Friday). When self referring to our service mention that you'd like to join the Depression and Me starting 06.01.22.

What will I learn: You will learn to understand what depression is, how it develops and techniques to help yourself.   

Notes: You will need to attend all the sessions and complete tasks outside of the sessions to practice the skills covered.

Please note, in some cases a group may not be appropriate for you, in which case we will offer alternative treatments or services which would better suit you.

Any questions please ring us, or email RDBTalkingtherapies@nelft.nhs.uk

Applied Relaxation Group

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When:  Tuesdays starting 11th January 2022 (Date TBC) 

When: 3pm 

How long: This group will run for 7 weeks (please make sure you can attend all sessions)

Where: Online meetings via Microsoft Teams. You will need access to a computer or mobile with internet connection.

Who: For anyone 18 years or older who would like to learn skills and techniques that help with relaxation. For anyone wanting help to manage physiological responses to stress and anxiety. You must be registered with a Redbridge based GP to access this course. 

What will I learn: The applied relaxation group will provide you with techniques and skills to enable you to relax very quickly. This should help reduce any feelings of anxiety or tension that you may be experiencing.

Research has found these techniques helpful in reducing anxiety symptoms and has shown that the effects can be long-term. The group uses reading materials that will be provided in the sessions and requires practice of the skills learned between sessions.

Facilitators: Razwana and Shathana 

Notes: You can access this course alongside any individual therapy you may be recieving. Please note you will have some homework to do inbetween sessions (15-30 minutes each day for the first 2 weeks) so please make sure you are able to commit some time to do this. 

How to book: Please self refer to our service using our online form or call us on 0300 300 1554—option 1 (9am–5pm, Monday–Friday). You can also email: RDBTalkingtherapies@nelft.nhs.uk. Please request to join this group when doing your referral. You can also ask to join this group if you are already accessing our service. Please note in some cases, a group may not be appropriate for you. In this case, a clinician will direct you towards other resources and services which would better suit you. 

Mood Management Group

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Mood Management Group

When: Fridays starting 21/01/22 / Time 11am – 12pm

How long does the course last? 6 weeks (Please make sure you can commit to all sessions)

Where: Teams This group will take place via Microsoft Teams. You will need access to a PC/Mobile with internet connection.

Who: This group is For people struggling with low mood You must be 18 or over and registered with a Redbridge GP to access this course.

Will I need to speak in the sessions? We do encourage clients to take part in these sessions, but it's up to you what you feel comfortable in saying.

Facilitators:  Faryal Baig and Aneta Walciszewska

How do I join: Self refer yourself to our service using our online form. Or call us on 0300 300 1554—option 1 (9am–5pm, Monday–Friday). When self referring to our service mention that you'd like to join the Mood management group starting 21/01/22.

What will I learn: Introduction to Course and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Exploration of Depression, The role of behaviour; What you do affects how you feel, Helpful and unhelpful behaviours, The link between activity and mood, Increasing activity, Overcoming Barriers; Coping with tasks, Procrastination, Problem solving, The role of thoughts in depression, Identifying unhelpful thoughts and thinking styles, Challenging unhelpful thoughts, Planning and preparing for the future - Identifying early warning signs

Notes: You are encouraged to attend every week, and practice the skills we introduce in the sessions, outside sessions.

Please note, in some cases a group may not be appropriate for you, in which case we will offer alternative treatments or services which would better suit you.

Any questions please ring us, or email RDBTalkingtherapies@nelft.nhs.uk

Stress Management Group

Meditation

Stress Management Group

When:  Thursdays 14.30-15.30 Starting Thursday 13th January 2022

How long does the course last? 5 Weeks (Please make sure you can commit to all sessions)

Where: This group will take place via Microsoft Teams. You will need access to a PC/Mobile with internet connection.

Who: This group is for anyone who would like help to manage stress in any part of their life. You must be 18 or over and registered with a Redbridge GP to access this course.

Will I need to speak in the sessions? You will not be expected to share your difficulties with others, as the focus of the group will be learning evidence based techniques and their implementation in daily life.

Facilitators:  Amber and Sabha

How do I join: Self refer yourself to our service using our online form. Or call us on 0300 300 1554—option 1 (9am–5pm, Monday–Friday). When self referring to our service mention that you'd like to join the Stres Management Group starting 13.01.22.

What will I learn: Week 1: What is stress? What causes stress and how does it maintain itself? How does it impact upon us? What helpful lifestyle changes can I make, and how can I start to relax in stressful situations?

Week 2: Stress and the cognitive-behavioural cycle, problem solving and stress, unhelpful thinking and stress, and meditation as a response to stress.

Week 3: Being clear and constructive when responding to stress and visualisation as a response to stress.

Week 4:  Responding assertively to stress.

Week 5: Developing and maintaining resilience and coping skills in stressful situations, combining effective stress management techniques, and continuing to make progress in stress management.  

Please note, in some cases a group may not be appropriate for you, in which case we will offer alternative treatments or services which would better suit you.

Any questions please ring us, or email RDBTalkingtherapies@nelft.nhs.uk