Our support groups
Support groups run by qualified psychologists for people living with depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety.
Psychology Clinic group programs
Our Psychology Clinic, based at the Black Dog Institute in Randwick, NSW, is now offering the following group programs:
The REACH program
The REACH program is a 9-week psychoeducational wellbeing group (based on the principles of responsibility, education, acceptance, connection and hope) to help participants with depression or bipolar disorder manage their illness and stay well.
- fostering strengths
- dealing with loss and grief
- identifying early warning signs and triggers
- wellbeing strategies
- nurturing support networks
- creating a unique Wellbeing Plan
Eligibility criteria for participants:
- Over 18 years old
- Diagnosis of depression or bipolar disorder, for a minimum of one year
- Capacity to participate in a group setting
- Capacity to commit to attending the 9 weekly sessions
- Acceptance of illness
- Motivation to implement personal change strategies
Upcoming REACH groups
Morning Group: Weekly starting on Tuesday, August 6, 2019; 10 AM – 12 PM
Venue: 4 Park Avenue, Gordon
Facilitator: Olivia Saxon and Jenny Walter
To register interest: 8287 1126 or email email@example.com
Olivia Saxon works as a face to face counsellor, and group facilitator at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury. Olivia has been facilitating the REACH group for depression and bipolar for 5 years, and has recently initiated a follow-up monthly open Wellbeing Support group, which is available to participants who have completed the REACH program, and provides ongoing support and gives participants the opportunity to revisit some of the wellbeing strategies learned. She also co-facilitates the Suicide Bereavement groups at Lifeline. Olivia strongly believes that groups provide a nurturing, positive and safe environment for learning and connecting with others and has consistently found that on completion of the REACH program participants feel an increased sense of hope and have developed invaluable new skills and strategies to help them on their journeys towards wellness. Olivia has completed a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and is a member of PAFCA.
Jenny Walter is a highly qualified and caring counsellor. She has many years of experience in private, non-profit, community settings, as well as lecturing counselling to undergraduate students. Jenny councils and supports adult individuals, couples, depression and bipolar groups and suicide bereavement groups. Jenny has a particular charism for mindfulness based cognitive therapies. She has had much success sharing her mindfulness based skills and strategies to help those struggling to not only thrive in managing their lives but also to live joyfully. Jenny Walter is a member of the Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia and holds M.Philosophy and a B. Social Science degrees, majoring in counselling.
Evening Group: Weekly starting on Tuesday, September 3, 2019; 6 PM – 8 PM until Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
Cost:$40 enrolment fee, sessions are free of charge.
Venue: ACAP Psychology Clinic, Level 11, 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.
Facilitator: Dr Ester Senderey
To register interest: Contact Ester Senderey on 8236 8070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ester Senderey is a clinical psychologist with more than twenty years of experience working with individuals and groups in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings. In her full time position as the ACAP Psychology Clinic Manager she is involved in the training and supervision of psychologists undertaking post graduate qualifications in professional and clinical psychology.
Ester has post graduate qualifications in clinical psychology, clinical hypnosis, dialectical behaviour therapy and mindfulness-based approaches to stress reduction and wellbeing. Ester is interested in mindfulness meditation and teaching skills to reduce suffering and improve wellbeing.