What do we do?
Triumph Over Phobia (TOP UK) is a UK registered charity which specialises in helping sufferers of phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and other related anxiety disorders to overcome their fears. We do this by running a network of weekly, supported self-help groups which deliver a model of Behaviour Therapy.
Behaviour Therapy is a very effective, evidence based treatment method for a variety of anxiety disorders. It uses exposure therapy to help people face their fears and manage their anxiety.
Being a member of a TOP UK self-help group has many benefits but often, when someone has anxiety the thought of joining a group can seem both overwhelming and daunting . However, groups have many advantages and amazingly, the group process itself can be a powerful force in aiding recovery.
Where are our groups?
At the moment, due to Covid restrictions, all TOP UK groups are meeting virtually on Zoom or Skype. Usually there are specific geographical groups as well as virtual groups. However, at the moment it does not matter where you live as you can join any group.
Bath – Monday Evenings
Bristol – Monday Evening
Cardiff – Monday Evenings
Liverpool – Tuesday Evenings
Swansea – Tuesday Evenings
Plymouth – Wednesday Evenings
London – Thursday Evenings
Skype Group – Monday Evenings
Virtual Group – Wednesday Morning
The Advantages of attending a group for therapeutic reasons:
- Being part of a TOP UK group will help you realise that you are not alone and there are other people out there who share your problems and struggles.
- A TOP UK group will make you feel less isolated and less judged. Sharing your experiences with others with similar problems is itself therapeutic and aids recovery!
- In a TOP UK group you will get support from others as well as be in a position to give support This means you can use your experiences to empower other people and at the same time can gain confidence by sharing your experiences.
- Groups improve social skills and can help you find a voice. Working towards recovery in a group setting with similar people enables you to develop greater self-awareness. You can talk openly and honestly about your problems and see how you get on with other people.
We now know that being in a group is great way for people who share a common problem to get support and advice from each other. TOP UK records show that working in a TOP group is very beneficial and many people, despite years of suffering, improve greatly in an average time of 5 months.
If you would like to attend one of our self-help groups you will need to complete an application form – please see the link below