Off Beat is an 8-week drum course for people with anxiety. Run by professional counsellors and drum tutors it teaches professional techniques to manage anxiety symptoms whilst learning a creative, fun skill in a relaxed atmosphere. Private counselling costs upward from £60 per session and NHS waiting lists for anxiety education using CBT are often a minimum of 9 months. Drumming uses both sides of the brain and this is an important technique in calming the brain particularly following trauma. Students will learn professional counselling techniques used by the NHS without the need to pay for expensive private counselling and without having to join an ever-lengthening NHS waiting list.
The goal of the project is to provide free courses in the community for people who struggle with anxiety. A survey by Mental Health Charity Mind conducted in April 2021 reveals that more than one in three found support from NHS mental health services given over the phone or online difficult to use, and one in four say their mental health actually got worse as a result of using this support. Our goal is to provide face to face anxiety relieving techniques in a safe, relaxed and fun environment where people are learning a skill which in itself has been proved to relieve anxiety. The funding will be spent on hiring drum tutors & counsellors, venue hire, admin and marketing costs.
Our team is made up of professional counsellors who are members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and professional drum tutors. My name is Amy and I am a psychodynamic counsellor who recognises through my client work the rise in anxiety and the lack of available, cost effective therapy. Since the pandemic, enquiries for counselling services have increased dramatically but not everyone can afford private help. The CBT techniques I use with private clients can be taught in group settings and the feedback we received via our pilot project showed 90% of students felt that they learned methods to manage their anxiety through participating in the pilot course