Group Therapy for Emotional Regulation at Withdean House, Elysium Therapy Brighton

Third Wave CBT

Group therapy for emotional regulation is now available at Withdean House, Elysium Therapy Brighton

The service will provide patients with the opportunity to learn skills to help them manage emotional intensity, problem behaviours and relationships.

This is an evidenced based treatment for people with emotional and relationship difficulties. Focused on delivering elements of DBT, CBT and MBCT, Elysium Therapy Brighton will deliver and facilitate therapy that has been shown to be effective and that can make a real difference with patients that struggle to regulate emotions and cope in relationships.

Over 20 weeks, one day/week the service will deliver the following core modules:

Mindfulness Skills

You will learn how to practise mindfulness so you can observe and describe your thoughts and feelings without reacting, you will learn to identify different states of mind, emotional, logical and wise mind. You will learn skills to help you balance inner conflictual thoughts and emotions. You will learn how the mind can be released from self-limiting beliefs and maintaining cycles.

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

You will learn how to identify what it is you want from relationships, how to maintain and keep the relationship that are important to you and how to have a healthy relationship with yourself. We will teach you how to say No to what you do not want in relationships and how to say Yes to what you do want in relationships. The module will help you have effective relationships that are stable and life affirming.

Emotion Regulation Skills

Problem behaviours, self-destructive and self-harming are often associated with patient’s difficulty in developing, using and understanding the internal skills needed to regulate mood and emotions. This can often be as a result of experiencing lack of validation from significant others and the environment in formative years,  which can create difficulties in  relating to others.

Distress Tolerance Skills

We teach patients how to manage crisis urges, situations and intense emotions by learning and deploying specific skills that when used can reduce the urges that then help us reduce the risk of acting on impulsive emotions and making situations worse than they need to be. These skills are very effective at reducing the frequency of problem behaviours.

How are the Skills Taught?

The skills are taught in three one hour groups facilitated over one day for a period of twenty weeks. The maximum patents numbers are eight to a group. The group is led by two therapists who will teach patients the skills to help them regulate emotions, improve relationships and reduce suffering.

The therapist will explain the material primarily in a psycho-educational format that moves at a pace that is inclusive while recognising individual patient needs. There will be some experiential exercises as well as breakout groups and working in pairs.

We do not discuss the past in the sessions or ask the why or how questions. The group is for learning new skills to help patients challenge unhelpful coping strategies, manage their feelings and behaviour and develop improved ways of relating and understanding.

We will use structured exercise, educational material, handouts and brainstorm with board work. The therapists are all highly qualified with many years of experience in developing skills and techniques for helping patients.

Who will find the group helpful?

This group work will be most helpful for people struggling to manage their emotions and mood and who experience difficulties in controlling and expressing emotions appropriately.

This group therapy is for people who often have behaviours that are self-destructive and reduce their quality of life, they may often engage in problem behaviours and have a problematic relationships with food and mood altering drugs. Relationships will often be very intense or avoided, there is often a history of childhood trauma.

How do I access Treatment?

Patients can self-refer or be referred by their GP, we offer a free assessment session to help you find out if the service is appropriate for your needs.

If you are interested in finding out more about programme and please call 01273 059700.