Our educational classes are run on a rolling programme. It provides participants with an in-depth understanding of their symptoms and methods to combat them.

You can find some information about the classes we run below:
Improving Wellbeing Class
Low Self-Esteem Class
Long Term Health Conditions Workshop
Behavioural Activation Course
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Class

Improving Wellbeing Class

This class is a 4 week psycho-education course which aims to educate individuals in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and offer them an understanding of depression and anxiety symptoms; to introduce a range of techniques for changing thinking habits and address unhelpful behaviours in order to improve our mental wellbeing.

Weekly Plan

Week 1: Introduction to Depression, Anxiety and CBT
Week 2: Depression, Anxiety and Behaviours
Week 3: Depression, Anxiety and Thoughts
Week 4: Sleep, Recap and Maintaining Progress

Call us for details of your local class: 0300 30 30 700

Low Self-Esteem Class

The 10 week course provides participants with an opportunity to understand how their low self-esteem has developed, how it is maintained, and how they can develop a healthier self-esteem. The course uses the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy model and is facilitated by trained therapists with expertise in this area.

Participants will learn helpful strategies to manage their difficulties, enabling them to make positive changes to their behaviour and learn to overcome unhelpful ways of thinking.

There is no expectation that participants contribute in the class, so you can just attend and learn. However, those who have contributed in the class have found it really beneficial to share experiences and learn they are not alone in how they feel.

Weekly Plan

Week 1: Class expectations and ‘What is Low Self-Esteem?’.
Week 2: How does Low Self-Esteem develop?
Week 3: What keeps Low Self-Esteem going?
Week 4: Checking out Anxious Predictions.
Week 5: Combatting self-criticism.
Week 6: Learning to accept and appreciate my positive qualities.
Week 7: Changing the rules, Part 1.
Week 8: Changing the rules, Part 2.
Week 9: Creating a new bottom line.
Week 10: Planning for the future.

Call us for details of your local class: 0300 30 30 700

Long Term Health Conditions Workshop

Talking Matters Northumberland recognises that there is a significant overlap between physical and mental health; research suggests that 30% of people with a Long Term Health Condition (LTHC) will also have a mental health problem. Those of us with one LTHC are two to three times more likely to develop depression, and this increases to seven times more likely if we have three or more LTHCs.

We are offering a ten week course called “Living with a Long Term Health Condition”, for individuals who feel that their physical health condition impacts on their mood. These conditions can include (but are not restricted to) Fibromyalgia, ME, Migraines, Arthritis, Diabetes and Chronic Pain.

The aim of the workshop is to help those with Long Term Health Conditions to understand how easy it can be to get stuck in a vicious web, which impacts lives both emotionally and physically. By understanding how this web develops and is maintained, we can then explore how to break it at various points. We welcome anyone with a Long Term Health Condition who feels that it significantly impacts their mood and/or quality of life. Clients are also welcome to bring partners and/or family members or friends.

Weekly Plan

Week 1: The vicious web of Long term Health Conditions and how we currently cope (an introduction to the sessions, the LTHC web, individual goal setting).
Week 2: Out with the old (how lifestyle can affect both our mood and our LTHC).
Week 3: An introduction to relaxation and mindfulness (understanding the stress response, sensory relaxation, introductory mindfulness exercises).
Week 4: The link between how we feel and what we do (understanding how our mood is affected by our actions, the gate control theory of pain, the importance of values and goals).
Week 5: What is pacing and how do I do it (activity traps, understanding pacing, the three golden rules, links to own goals)?
Week 6: Stumbling blocks to pacing (my own stumbling blocks, common blocks and solutions, problem solving, spotting future barriers).
Week 7: Introducing the thinking feeling connection (how our thoughts and feelings are linked, thinking styles).
Week 8: Viewing things from a different perspective (the difference between fact and opinion, worry words, looking for a new perspective).
Week 9: Improving compassion towards ourselves (how powerful are our thoughts, what is compassion and how can I increase my own).
Week 10: Relapse management (reviewing my goals and gains, planning my continued recovery).

Call us for details of your local class: 0300 30 30 700

Behavioural Activation Course

This NEW course is for people who are currently experiencing symptoms of depression.

The course will cover what depression is and how it can affect us, helping you to understand why we can become depressed and what keeps us stuck. The course helps people learn how to take an active role in managing their depression and to experiment with change.

BA adopts a goal-oriented approach and utilizes tools such as activity tracking and scheduling, graded task assignments, and problem-solving strategies to help clients overcome obstacles and get more active in line with their goals, thus increasing activation and the likelihood of environmental reward

There at TWO courses available, a 4 session basic course, and an 8 week programme both made up of 90 minute sessions, they work better with weekly attendance. There will also be home practice, which provides you with the opportunity to take the learning home and apply your new learning in your home environment.

The course does not focus so much on how we became depressed as such, it focuses more on the ‘here and now’ and what is keeping you stuck so that we can break unhelpful cycles. The course will be led by a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in training. Behavioural Activation is recommended by NICE for the treatment of Depression.

Weekly Plan - Step 2 Course

Week 1: What is Behavioural Activation?
Week 2: Learn your patterns and start to change them.
Week 3: Getting out of TRAPs and back on TRAC.
Week 4: Maintaining progress and overcoming barriers.

Weekly Plan - Step 3b Course

Week 1: Learn your patterns and start to change them.
Week 2: Getting out of TRAPs and back on TRAC.
Week 3: Taking Action and overcoming barriers.
Week 4: Values: The Guide To Who We Are.
Week 5: Developing responses to thinking, worrying and rumination.
Week 6: Making changes one step at a time.
Week 7: Freeing yourself from mood dependence.
Week 8: Building the relationships you want.

Call us for details of your local class: 0300 30 30 700

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Class

Suitable for people who have experienced long-term depression or several episodes of depression but are currently well. This is an 8 x 2-hour session course which combines Mindfulness Meditation and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with the aim of reducing the risk of relapse for Depression.
Participants are guided through a variety of meditations and have the opportunity to discuss their experience of meditating but are not expected to share personal information. No previous experience of meditation or CBT is necessary. All participants will be offered an assessment before the course to discuss expectations, suitability, and answer any questions they may have.

Weekly Plan

Week 1: Awareness and Automatic Pilot
Week 2: Living in our heads.
Week 3: Gathering the Scattered Mind.
Week 4: Recognising Aversion.
Week 5: Allowing/Letting Be
Week 6: Thoughts are not facts.
Week 7: How can I best take care of myself?
Week 8: Maintaining and Extending New Learning.

Call us for details of your local class: 0300 30 30 700