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Managing Emotions Programme (MEP)

Feeling overwhelmed by intense emotions can have a negative impact on your life, work and relationships.

We provide interactive group courses that will teach you the skills you need to cope when faced with intense emotions.

Our courses will improve your understanding and awareness of your emotions and their impact.

They are provided by mental health professionals and people with lived experience, in online groups of 8 to 12 people.

Each of our courses aims to increase understanding and awareness of why we have emotions and how they can affect us, and the skills to manage these when it feels difficult to cope.

We have 3 levels of courses that vary in duration and level of detail, and take place over 1, 4, or 8 sessions.

We will offer the course most appropriate to your needs, but you can talk to us if you wish to attend a different course.

Course 1: Understanding Emotions – an introduction

1 session, 2.5 hours.

This group workshop gives a basic introduction to the function of emotions and some coping skills to help during times of distress. You might find this course helpful as an introduction or if you can’t commit to an in-depth course.

Course 2: Learning Strategies to manage emotions

4 sessions, 2 hours each.

Over 4 weeks, we will explore how to better understand and communicate our emotions, as well as various skills to help manage them when they feel too intense or overwhelming.

  • Week 1 – Understanding emotions and how they affect mind, body and behaviour.
  • Week 2 – Labelling emotions and identifying levels of emotional intensity and
  • Week 3 – Understanding emotional responses, reducing distress, and challenging negative thoughts
  • Week 4 – Identifying helpful and unhelpful coping behaviours and making positive change.

You might find this course helpful if you are looking to build a foundation of emotional awareness and learn regulation skills. 

Course 3: Developing skills to manage and regulate emotions

8 sessions, 2 hours each.

This 8-week workshop takes an in-depth look at emotional awareness and skills to cope during times of distress.

  • Week 1 – Understanding emotions and how they affect mind, body and behaviour
  • Week 2 – Labelling emotions and identifying levels of emotional intensity
  • Week 3 – Coping skills to reduce emotional intensity during times of distress
  • Week 4 – Practicing mindfulness
  • Week 5 – Identifying your values and setting goals
  • Week 6 – Practicing coping skills in times of difficulty
  • Week 7 – Communication and interpersonal effectiveness
  • Week 8 – Reviewing what we’ve learnt 

You might find this course helpful if you are generally emotionally aware and want to develop the skills needed to identify and change harmful emotional responses.

We also have a 4-session course designed for carers and loved ones of people with emotional difficulties. 

Supporting someone with emotional difficulties

4 sessions, 2 hours each

This 4-week course looks at the knowledge and skills needed to support someone with emotional difficulties while looking after your own wellbeing.

  • Week 1 – Introduction to personality disorders, emotions and emotional intensity
  • Week 2 – Responding to self-harm and risk-taking behaviour
  • Week 3 – Understanding and responding to suicidality
  • Week 4 – Self-reflection, boundaries, and wellbeing

You can join our course if you're struggling to understand or cope with your emotions, and you are also:

  • aged 18 or over
  • registered to a GP in Berkshire
  • not currently receiving any other psychological mental health treatment

We don’t offer individual sessions or appointments or referrals to other services.

Referral

Ask your GP or Mental Health Professional to refer you to the Managing Emotions Programme.

If you are registered with a GP in Reading, Wokingham or Newbury you can find out more about the Berkshire west Managing Emotions Programme on the Together for Mental Wellbeing website. 

Visit the Together for Mental Wellbeing website (opens new browser tab)

Once we receive your referral, we will contact you within 2 to 3 weeks with further information and course dates.

There are face-to-face and online courses available in most areas. Online courses are provided using Microsoft Teams which is similar to a video call, so you will need an internet-enabled device which has a camera and microphone.

Contact us

You can contact us if you have any questions about the programme.

East Berkshire email ManagingEmotionsProgramme@Berkshire.nhs.uk

West Berkshire email mep@together-uk.org

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