St Vincent's Hospital, FairviewPsychotherapy Department

Coping Skills Group

The goal of the group is to help group members to learn new skills, which will assist them in coping better with setbacks and to look forward to the future with greater confidence.

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    The Coping Skills Group has been running in the Psychotherapy service since Spring 2011. This intervention adopts a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach. The emphasis of the group is to remain in the present moment, rather than talking about past issues. Group members are encouraged to approach current problems in their lives in a systematic, logical, and effective way.


    Materials covered in group include:

         - understanding the relationship between thoughts, actions, and feelings
         - learning to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours
         - problem solving
         - changing worrying
         - relaxation and mindfulness issues
         - working towards better relationships
         - managing distress
         - self acceptance


    Referrals

    The Coping Skills Group is currently available to mainly outpatients, who have been referred for or are currently engaged in Psychotherapy. Attendance of the Coping Skills Group can occur alongside individual psychotherapy.

    If you are interested in attending the Coping Skills group and live in HSE Area 7 (Dublin North Central), please approach a member of your Community Mental Health team and seek a referral to the Psychotherapy service.

    Further information about the Coping skills group is available from Maria McCarron, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, at (01) 8842418.