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Counselling Workshops and Courses

We offer a range of free courses and workshops to help you overcome anxiety, depression and other common mental health problems.


Our one-off short workshops offer straightforward ways of managing your difficulties that you can put in place right away. They are open to all Bath students registered with a GP in the Bath and North-East Somerset area.

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Sleep Management

Do you find it difficult to get to sleep, find yourself waking throughout the night or in the early hours? Over time, lack of sleep can cause anxiety, low mood and physical health problems. This short workshop will help you:

  • understand the importance of good sleep.
  • learn ways to improve your sleep.
  • reduce unnecessary worries and expectations about sleep.

Wednesday 19 February 2020 2pm - 4pm

More Information and booking

Managing Procrastination

Most people would admit that they sometimes put off doing important tasks. But if procrastination is stopping you leading the life you want to, then this short workshop will teach you techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to overcome this tendency.

Wednesday 18 March 2020 2pm - 4pm

Worry Management

Are you constantly thinking of all the ways things could go wrong? Do you find it hard to control your worrying? Do you feel afraid that something awful might happen?

In this short workshop, learn about the nature of worrying and identify your own worries and what keeps these going. Then learn practical techniques drawn from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for managing worry.

Wednesday 29 April 2020 2pm - 4pm

Stress Reduction

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Does the smallest setback bring on big emotions? Do you find it hard to communicate what you want?

This short workshop will help you understand the causes and symptoms of stress and learn methods from Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT) for effectively reducing your stress levels.

How to book your place

To book a place on any of these one-off, short workshops, visit the website of our NHS partners BANES Talking Therapies and click on the link to the course you want (for courses starting after 5pm click on the evening courses button - all our courses clearly state Bath University). Booking for courses opens around a month before the start date.

Mindfulness courses

We offer two free mindfulness courses: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Introduction to Mindfulness.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction uses a combination of meditation, body awareness and teachings to diminish the tendency of the mind to rule us through impulse and habit.

Most people who complete the programme report lasting benefits including: - greater capacity for feeling calm and relaxed - renewed energy and enthusiasm for life - improved ability to cope effectively with life’s challenges - freedom to make conscious choices, including in interactions with others.

This in-depth course consists of eight weekly two-hour sessions plus a five-hour ‘retreat’ day.

Please note the above course is now fully booked.

Introduction to Mindfulness

Mindfulness is an effective way of reducing stress and low mood and improving your focus and overall wellbeing. Over five sessions, you’ll get a practical introduction to mindfulness. Through guided meditations and discussions, you’ll learn to become more present and engaged with whatever you’re doing at that moment – aware of your thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them, and less prone to distraction and judgement.

This course consists of five weekly 75 minute sessions.

Anxiety Aid course

Anxiety Aid is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) course for those struggling with anxiety. In six sessions over six weeks, you’ll learn to understand and manage your anxiety better.

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  • Identify how your anxiety developed and what keeps it going.
  • Clarify what you want to change.
  • Learn ways to reduce stress, worry and anxiety.

This course is only available to students referred in following an initial consultation by a member of the Counselling and Mental Health team.

Wise Choices course

Do your emotions take you on a rollercoaster ride? Then Wise Choices may be for you.

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In an in-depth course spread over six weeks, you’ll explore practical, evidence-based ways to manage intense thoughts and feelings so they don’t overwhelm you and cause you to react in ways you later regret. Instead, you’ll learn to dial down extreme emotion so you can make conscious choices that are in keeping with your own values.

This course is only available to students referred in following an initial consultation by a member of the Counselling and Mental Health team.

Drop the Struggle course

Drop the Struggle is for doctoral students feeling stuck, inadequate or disconnected. It comprises three half-day workshops.

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  • Learn the basics of mindfulness meditation.
  • Become less beholden to uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and habitual behaviour.
  • Increase your capacity to deal with the difficulties you encounter.

The Drop the Struggle course running in January and February 2020 is now full. We plan to run another Drop the Struggle course in the summer. Please check this page and keep an eye on plasma screens.

Coping with Low Mood and Depression

This free course introduces Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT) and techniques to manage low mood.


Do you experience less pleasure in doing things you used to enjoy? Do you have trouble concentrating? Do you lack energy?

This three week course will help you understand low mood and depression and learn methods from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for dealing with these difficult feelings.

Dates for the next course have not yet been set. Keep an eye on this page and on plasma screens.


Email us to ask about our courses and workshops for better mental health.