1-day workshop

How to lift depression

– the practical skills you need

Depression is now so common that everyone needs to know how easy it can be to treat – especially as it can lead to suicide. This workshop saves lives.

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How to lift depression – the practical skills you need

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  • Price: £192 per person

Includes course notes, refreshments and lunch.


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Practical, inspiring and full of hope

Dr Gina Johnson, GP

Why take this course

Until recently depression was little understood but key new insights into its causes and symptoms have made treatment easier and more consistently effective. On this day you will learn how combining these insights with a wide range of different psychological techniques enables the majority of cases to be lifted surprisingly quickly … even severe ones.

Although antidepressants can play a role in reducing symptoms, they can also be dangerous and prove hard to withdraw from – research shows that appropriate counselling is more effective at lifting even the most severe depression, with a much lower rate of relapse.  The approach you will learn on this workshop is in this category and is proving very effective – 10,000s of people have already been successfully helped with the knowledge and skills you will learn on the day.

Everyone, not just the caring professions, should do this day.

General Practitioner

What will you learn

  • Clear, practical steps for lifting even severe depression
  • What to do if you suspect someone may be feeling suicidal
  • New insights into why depressed people wake up tired and unmotivated, and what to do about it
  • Information about the links between inflammation and depression
  • Demonstrations of the skills that quickly break the cycle of depression, move people on and prevent relapse
  • A profound understanding of why these work and are a big improvement on drug therapy
  • Practice sessions in using these proven skills and techniques yourself
  • How to establish what’s not working in a person’s life and why, using a case history
  • Techniques for tackling rigid thinking, negative expectancy and the pessimistic rumination that causes depression
  • How to work with your clients to find effective ways they can get their innate emotional needs met well and in balance
  • A range of additional useful tips and strategies that you can easily incorporate into your work
  • The opportunity to watch a film of master therapist Joe Griffin working quickly and successfully with a highly depressed patient
  • You will also have plenty of time to ask questions of the highly knowledgeable tutor, who is also a practising therapist herself…


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Good to know

Good to know

This workshop complements our online course: How to break the cycle of depression.

Guided imagery and visualisation and Therapeutic Language are useful skills to have for implementing the strategies taught on this workshop.

Course Programme

The ‘How to lift depression – the practical skills you need’ course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • This is essential training for all counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers, occupational therapists, HR professionals and all other health and welfare professionals – since depression is now so common, it is crucial to understand it and know how to treat it quickly and effectively
  • Anyone whose life is affected by depression in any way – perhaps the staff or students you are responsible for at work present with depression, or a friend or family member is depressed
  • Anyone who wishes to prevent relapses
  • Anyone curious about how the treatment outcomes of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) approaches can be improved by bringing them into line with the new findings from brain research
  • Anyone concerned about the side effects of drug treatments for depression, who would like to know about the easy-to-learn psychotherapeutic techniques that can lift depression quickly
  • Anyone who, for whatever reason (personal or professional), would like to better understand the causes of depression and be able to offer practical help to people who are depressed
Please note

Please note

This course is not a substitute for individual therapy

Reviews for this course

4.6/5 (25 Reviews)
  1. Dance artist, choreographer

    ‘How to lift depression’ course was very insightful. The concepts were approached in simple and clear ways, making the day very impactful.

  2. Mindfulness Teacher, Therapist & Coach

    Denise is brilliant. The course was informative & straightforward.

  3. Sean O’Callaghan, Retired teacher

    Very informative and well-structured learning opportunities provided.

  4. Jenny Annetts, Local Government Officer

    I found the day to be very illuminating with loads of practical tips to take away that anyone can use to help themselves or someone else with depression. The online breakout groups worked well & I didn’t feel at all disadvantaged doing the training via zoom rather than in person. Denise was an excellent teacher and facilitator and made it very easy to understand. Thanks to Arlene who ensured it all went smoothly and everyone who attended – I learnt lots from you all.

  5. Charles Curry-Hyde, Architect

    The examples from Denise and case studies were a very useful addition to the written HG material on this subject.

  6. Emma, Counsellor

    Why didn’t I learn about this on my counselling course?! At last I finally have a handle on depression and how to treat it – can’t thank you all enough.

  7. HTLA, Behaviour support

    The interpersonal, cognitive and behavioural techniques needed to lift depression were very useful and are brilliant tools to help me work more effectively with my clients. Also embedding further the use of guided imagery. A great practical day.

  8. Sandy, Carer

    Immensely helpful. Such a neat understanding supported with rich examples and facts … all held together with a clear route to diagnosis and treatment plus the therapeutic skills needed to bring about the best outcome for the patient.

  9. Fine Artist

    I had very interesting insights today on issues that I have been dealing with for some time. I have read from books and I was familiar with the HG ideas, but the training day highlighted the points and made things clearer. We all need this knowledge very much, even if we are not therapists. Knowledge brings clarity.

  10. Psychotherapist

    The framework of the information is strong and evidence-based which appeals greatly.

  11. Priest

    A very helpful and informative day, delivered in an engaging and humourous way.

  12. Occupational Therapist

    This was my second course with HG and I am very taken by its commonsense approach. Can definitely see its huge potential for use in my profession and will continue attending other workshops/sessions.

  13. Student Mentor

    The power of guided imagery was impressive and something that would be useful for me to explore. The course was well set out and conducive to learning – totally absorbing and enjoyable.

  14. Counselling Psychologist

    This has been the clearest explanation of the causes and symptoms of depression I’ve heard – it makes perfect sense and I can immediately see how my clients will benefit.

  15. Children’s Service Officer

    Really inspiring – thank you.

  16. Lecturer / Trainer and Psychotherapist

    The new material on bipolar and postpartum depression was first class! The style and use of case studies did not disappoint and have triggered ways of helping my students and clients by giving me the ‘breathing space’ I needed, through listening to a valuable presentation.

  17. Youth Worker

    Today has been invaluable. My understanding of depression has soared and I can already see how helpful this is going to be in my work.

  18. Teaching Assistant and Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

    The information about how depression may present in adolescents was very useful to me as I work in a secondary school.

  19. GP/Young Person’s Charity Health Leader

    Very useful and practical day – brought a lot of strands from different days together. Very interesting information on sleep, insomnia and the biology of neurophysiology.

  20. Occupational Therapist

    All the information about excessive REM sleep and how it links with depression is so interesting. I love the Human Givens approach – so useful for myself as well as how I interact with work colleagues, patients and family. Thanks for yet another great day’s training.

  21. Consultant Psychiatrist

    Totally absorbing. Confirmed my disquiet about the medical model of depression.

  22. Occupational Therapist

    I’ve been looking for an effective way to treat depression for years – and now finally here it is!

  23. Carer

    Immensely helpful. Such a neat understanding supported with rich examples and facts … all held together with a clear route to diagnosis and treatment plus the therapeutic skills needed to bring about the best outcome for the patient.

  24. Support Worker Home Treatment NHS

    I have worked in a community team for a good number of years, but I’ve learned far more today than on other training courses I have attended. Found the day really informative and it will definitely enhance my practice.

  25. Mental Health Nurse

    Thank you – I know I’m going away from today with life-saving skills.

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