At Altum, we believe recovery involves not only learning new skills, but also holding our struggles more lightly and learning to accept that sometimes, it can be difficult to look past our problems to see what good is also there.
In this spirit, we’ve created a group program that is not only packed with useful information and skill building, but also provides an opportunity for some reflection and hopefully, a bit of enjoyment! Our groups balance psychoeducational content with experiential exercises. You’ll have the opportunity (but not the obligation) to share your experiences as well as to provide support to others who feel and think similar things to you. We hope that you will leave our groups better informed, feeling connected to others and appreciating yourselves that little bit more.
At present, we offer the following groups:
All groups are run by our Specialist Team and will take place near Kings Cross. Weekly groups will meet one evening per week, and workshops will run on Saturdays. The maximum number of participants for each group does vary, so please check below for details.
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2018/19 Altum Health Group Program
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for
Bulimia and Binge Eating
Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as the leading evidence-based treatment for Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. CBT emphasises the present and the future rather than focusing on the past. It works by helping you become aware of thoughts you have and behaviours you engage in that keep your disordered eating going. CBT works to help you become your own therapist by learning new skills and approaches.
In preparation for the group, we would recommend you reading, ‘Overcoming Binge Eating’ by Christopher Fairburn as this is the model upon which the group is based.
These 90-minute groups will run weekly for 10 evening sessions, and places will be limited to 12.
The cost of this group is £550.00.
Guided Self-Help for Bulimia and Binge Eating
Therapy is a big commitment. It can be difficult to find the time to come in for sessions amidst a busy work/life schedule. For those who want to address Binge Eating or Bulimia, but aren’t able to commit to weekly 1:1 therapy, our Guided Self-Help Programme can provide an evidenced based and effective alternative.
Grounded in CBT principles, this 6-week programme will provide you with the foundation necessary to overcome disordered eating and establish healthy habits. Using an evidenced based workbook as a guide, you will meet with your therapist for three 50 minute face-to-face meetings and three 30 minute phone conversations for encouragement, problem solving and support.
The programme will run over 6 weeks at times that are convenient for you and your therapist (excluding weekends).
The cost of this group is £300.00.
Altum Body Image Group
Body image problems are pervasive, and can lead to problems with self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, and disordered eating. The purpose of this group to help you improve your relationship with their body. Through both psychoeducation as well as verbal, written, and experiential exercises, you will explore the origins of your body image struggles, as well as the patterns involved in maintaining a cycle of body hatred. Topics will include why body distortion occurs, why women and men are increasingly unhappy with their bodies, how mood can be channelled into the body, as well as the influence of media and the diet industry on body image. Common body image distortions will be explored, and you will gain an increased understanding of your negative body beliefs. Moreover, you will leave the group armed with strategies to challenge negative cycles and replace them with positive ones.
These 90 min groups will run weekly for 10 evening sessions, and places will be limited to 12.
The cost of this group is £550.00.
Family and Friends Group
Caring for a loved one with an eating disorder is a distressing and exhausting experience. This two-day workshop is designed to provide practical tips, case studies and scenarios to help friends and family develop self-reflective skills to increase confidence, compassion and courage.
The skills training will focus on:
- Managing challenging behaviours
- Specialised communication skills
- Identifying the traps that maintain the disorder and how to avoid them
- Supporting recovery
Based on Professor Janet Treasure’s book “Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder,” this collaborative workshop centres around the notion that all carers can be an important part of their loved one’s recovery.
It is important to take time out to attend both days. The sessions are run through didactic teaching, discussion, practice and homework, facilitated by two members of our Specialist Team.
Each session will run from 10:00am-3:30pm on two consecutive Saturdays, with comfort breaks and an hour for lunch.
To maximize the learning, group capacity will be limited.
The cost of this workshop is £300.00 for one individual, and £200.00 for each additional family member or friend who would like to attend.
Meal times can often be extremely difficult for people with eating disorders: knowing what to have, managing emotions that arise, and engaging with helpful distraction techniques to prevent compensation is challenging.
Wherever you are in your recovery journey, this lunchtime meal support group offers a unique environment to both challenge disordered behaviours and establish healthy mealtime routines. Run by two Eating Disorders Specialists, this group will help you set goals and learn from your experience of having to plan, select and eat a meal, as well as process the thoughts and feelings that may arise. Within a group setting, you can learn from one another and openly discuss challenges while problem solving to find solutions.
This group will take place one day each week, for 1.5 hours from 12:30pm-2:00pm. The session will begin with a check-in and provide an optional opportunity to share decision making processes and any difficulties in selecting and preparing your lunch. We will then eat together and provide encouragement and support to help you achieve you goals. There will then be time to process thoughts and feelings as well as set goals setting for the following week.
Lunch Club will meet weekly and places will be limited to 10.
Come along to your first lunch club to see how you like it. If you decide you’d like to join after this, there will be a monthly fee of £80.00, and you can then drop in on the weeks that suit you.
Altum Compassion Group
Many people struggle with anxiety and worry. Some feel that they will never be good enough and that self-criticism is the only way to ‘keep in line’. If this sounds like you, our Compassion Group may be right for you.
The group will explore how shame and self-criticism cause destructive patterns and maintain the cycle of fear and anxiety, and how acceptance and compassion can enable more functional and healthy responses to the struggles we all face. There will also be a focus on how you can feel better about yourself without constantly comparing yourself to others, as well as exploring how regular guided practice actually changes the way your brain functions so that areas associated with kindness, warmth, empathy and happiness are strengthened. Overall, the course will work to help you develop a kinder, gentler and courageous approach to your body, your mind and your life.
The course will help you integrate guided compassion and mindfulness into your everyday life; to aid this, you will be provided electronic access to all the experiential exercises that are practiced in the group to facilitate your practice between sessions.
These 90-minute groups will run for 8 weekly sessions, and places will be limited to 12.
The cost of this group is £450.00
Workshops and Presentations for
Teachers, Parents and Students
We are often asked to come into schools to help educate teachers, parents and students about a range of topics including:
- What is Mental Health and how do we care for emotional well-being?
- Eating Disorders: How do they develop, how are they maintained, and how to support those affected
- Bullying, both in school and online (cyberbullying)
- Anxiety and/or Depression: the signs and symptoms, and techniques to help manage
- Social Media: the dangers and how to use responsibly
- Managing Exam Stress
- Managing Self-Esteem
We offer tailored workshops facilitated by two team members which can be individualised to suit your needs. Just contact us to discuss what it is you would like, and we will be happy to create a programme for you.
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