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Wise Choices

A six-week course for students struggling to manage painful emotions and high self-criticism.

This course draws on a range of evidence-based theory and practice including compassionate mind principles, evolutionary psychology, mindfulness and dialectical behaviour therapy. It aims to help you develop a compassionate understanding of painful emotions and self-defeating behaviours, and learn techniques to enable you to feel more in control of your emotions and choose behaviours which align with your personal values.

Sessions will combine psychoeducational material with practical experiential exercises and opportunities for self-reflection to support you to develop a more compassionate stance towards yourself and your difficulties. There is no expectation of self-disclosure during these sessions.

The course is comprised of six weekly sessions of 2 hours 15 minutes each (including a break), plus two further consolidation sessions. To maximise the benefit from the group, students will need to commit to attending all sessions and undertaking regular home practice, and commit to abiding by the group boundaries to ensure it remains a safe space for all.


We plan to run this course again in the 2020-21 academic year. We will update this page once we have arranged dates.

This course is only available to students referred in following an initial consultation.

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