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Creative Coping Group

Welcome to Creative Coping, The ABCs of Anxiety and Stress Management. This group is offered  at 18 Walnut St.  A brief interview is required to enroll in the program.  It is designed to help you learn practical tools for coping with your stress and anxiety in safe and healthy ways. Everyone experiences anxiety.

The 3 main roles of anxiety are*:

1)  Anxiety warns us by grabbing our attention with unpleasant bodily sensations that something significant (dangerous or threatening a goal or rule or a reminder of a negative previous experience) might be happening/about to happen. (ex. Smoke alarm; we need to check it out to see if there is actually a fire).

2)  Anxiety primes people to react (fight/flight response in the body).

3)  Anxiety triggers thinking so we can analyze what is going on.

*(Adapted from First Steps out of Anxiety by Dr. Kate Middleton)

Those who experience heightened anxiety tend to have distorted thinking or believe rules about how to be that are not possible for normal human beings.  People can also become fearful of the physical sensations and engage in avoidance behavior which actually heightens one’s fear response. 

Our goal is to help you begin to see the world in a more balanced, realistic way and learn techniques for calming your body and mind in order to lower your anxiety and better manage the stress in your life. 

Every week we will use a breathing and meditation/relaxation exercise to begin and end each group session.  Our hope is that you will be able to continue these simple but effective practices on your own to help you live a calmer, more relaxed life.  The following is a list of topics that will be covered in group along with a weekly check in and check out. 

1)  The Power of Self-Talk

2)  Coping and Self-Care Analysis

3)  Coping Strategies

4)  Self-esteem and Boundaries

5)  Identifying our Emotions

6)  The Thought Record/ (TFAB)

7)  Cognitive Restructuring/Reality Checking

8)  Communication  101

9)  The Body Talks- The Physical Symptoms of Stress and Trauma

10)  Future Planning (Maintaining Change- Triggers, Future Challenges)

Call (519) 621-5090 ext. 0 for more information.

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