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How to Avoid Avoidance – techniques to expand your comfort zone; Workshop

28, November 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm GMT

For: People battling agoraphobia or other phobias

Why do some situations make us so uncomfortable and anxious that we will do almost anything to avoid them? Focusing on avoidance-related anxiety, this workshop will help you to better cope with the things that chip away at our independence.

Aimed at people who experience agoraphobia or other specific phobias driven by avoidance – whose world shrinks as they become more dependent on others – the workshop offers practical help on making practical changes towards more positive living.

This free two hour workshop will provide the psychoeducation behind why we have anxiety, explain the fight-or-flight responses involved, as well as explore the role of avoidance and how avoidance can have an impact on our lives. The course will cover how to overcome avoidance with a technique called ‘graded exposure’, by creating a list of feared situations, each of which can then be confronted in stages until the fear itself is overcome.

Important information:

Please note: You must be booked onto a course to attend. You are welcome to bring a friend or relative for support, but they must also be booked onto the course due to limited spaces.

Spring Rise Children’s Centre, Chippenham

Please note: There is a small car park on site and on-street parking. Disabled access and facilities are available – please let us know before the start of the course if these are required. The children’s centre is by Frogwell Primary School, for Satnav’s follow directions to here.

Wiltshire IAPT Service psycho-educational courses are only available for people who are over the age of 16 and registered with a GP in Wiltshire (excluding Swindon area). Courses can be booked by using the online booking form* below, or over the phone by contacting the Wiltshire IAPT Service on 01380 731335. All our courses are released for booking 4 weeks before the start date - Bookings received before the 4 week window cannot be processed.

Our admin team are available weekdays, 9am-5pm and will be happy to assist you in booking on to your chosen course and answer any questions you may have. 01380 731335

*Please be advised using the online booking form does not guarantee a place on a course. A member of the admin team will contact you if the course is no longer available and we will do all we can to accommodate your request.


Spring Rise Children’s Centre
Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 0DH United Kingdom
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