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Anxiety :  Skills & Strategies

 

Listen to your body's anxiety signals... 


and respond using powerful strategies to calm down the uncomfortable sensations...

 

This group program meets once a week for 3 weeks to develop and practice skills in decreasing the uncomfortable sensations of anxiety.

A variety of long and short self-calming techniques are introduced, along with behaviours that can help prevent escalation of anxiety.  All techniques in this program have originated from research into strategies which decrease anxiety. They have been well studied and the most up-to-date information will be presented.

 

This is not a self-disclosure or therapy group; the purpose is developing skills and a personal plan of action.  This educational program emphasizes skill acquisition and gaining  information about diminishing anxiety and panic.  Daily practice is very strongly recommended.

 

These techniques are especially helpful in the self-regulation of uncomfortable sensations like :

  • muscle tension and tightness in the chest & shoulders
  • feeling like it's hard to breathe, or not getting enough air
  • palpitations & skipped beats of the heart
  • racing mind & anxious thoughts
  • feeling panicky

 

Some people choose to have a combination of private sessions and a group program.  For example, you may have 1, 2, or more private sessions to get started right away on training while waiting for the next group program to start. Some individuals benefit from private training after a group program in order to fine-tune skills and tailor them to specific situations.

 

 

DATES, TIMES, and LOCATIONS :


This fall there are three Anxiety: Skills & Strategies programs to choose from :

 

  • SEPTEMBER group -  meeting for three sessions, on SEPTEMBER 27, October 4 and 11, 

          Thursdays at noon, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm,

          in Room 332 University Centre 

          University of Guelph   (find this location...)

 

  • OCTOBER group -  meeting for three sessions, on OCTOBER 23, 30 and November 6, 

          Tuesdays at noon, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm,

          in Room 430 University Centre 

          University of Guelph   (find this location...)

 

  • NOVEMBER group -  meeting for three sessions, on NOVEMBER 5, 12 and 19, 

          Monday evenings, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm,

          in Room 430 University Centre 

          University of Guelph   (find this location...)

 

A minimum of 6 people is required for each group.

 

If you are unable to attend a session for any reason, you may make up that particular class at any future Anxiety: Skills & Strategies program. 

(Please call ahead or e-mail to confirm the time and location when making up a class.)

 

 

FEES :

  • $ 10 for University of Guelph students   (due to a subsidy from U of G Student Health Services)
  • $ 30 for members of United Steelworkers Local 4120   (due to a subsidy from Local 4120)
  • $ 60 for all others 

 

Payment is by cash or cheque.

Gift certificates are available.

 

 

TO REGISTER :

  • in advance - Complete a registration form and mail or e-mail it to reserve your spot in the program.
  • in person - Space permitting, it is also possible to register and pay in person at the first session by arriving 10 minutes early.

  

WHAT IF I MISS A CLASS ?

It would be ideal to attend all three of the classes in the program, however if you miss a class there are class handouts which can help you "catch up". You may also pick up the missed classes at any future Anxiety: Skills & Strategies program.

 

MAY I TRANSFER to another group ?

If your schedule changes, you may transfer to another group.

 

UNABLE to attend the FALL 2018 programs ?

  • Join a waiting list to start another program earlier, or meet on a different day / time :
    For those interested in having this program offered at another day or time, leave your name on the Anxiety: Skills & Strategies waiting list by e-mailing ksomers@uoguelph.ca or call the Stress Management and High Performance Clinic at 519 824-4120, ext. 52662. Please specify which days and times you prefer to meet. A program can begin anytime there are 6 or more names on the waiting list. 
  • Arrange for a program to come to your workplace or community site : 
    The Anxiety: Skills & Strategies program, or selected topics from this program, can be provided on-site at your workplace or community group site.   A 30-60 minute Lunch & Learn session can also be provided.  Call the Stress Management and High Performance Clinic at 519 824-4120, ext. 52662 to make arrangements for sessions at your location. 
  • Make an appointment for private training : 
    Any of the Relaxation and Stress Management Skills Training topics listed above can be provided in private, one-to-one training sessions. Daytime, late afternoon, and evening times are available on weekdays throughout the year. Call 519 824-4120, ext. 52662, or e-mail ksomers@uoguelph.ca to make a private appointment for individual training. 
  • Access other resources :

FOR FURTHER RESOURCES  (websites, books, CDs, and organizations which can help you learn more about these self-regulation skills) read more on anxiety resources, and read more on relaxation training resources...

  

FURTHER INFORMATION :

If you wish more information or have any further questions, do not hesitate to e-mail ksomers@uoguelph.ca or call Kathy Somers at 519 824-4120, ext. 52662.

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