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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Olivia Saxon has a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy and has been working as a face to face counsellor at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury for 2 years, seeing a diverse range of clients. Olivia has recently also taken on group facilitation for the REACH and Hoarding programs run by 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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Group 1: Weekly starting on Thursday, May 2, 2019; 10 AM – 12 PM until June 27.
Venue: Bayside Initiatives Group Inc. (BIG)
Facilitator: Samuel Walker (BIG) and Jillian Le Gros (Bayside Mental Health Service)
To register interest: Contact Sam, 0499 747 000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Samuel Walker from BIG will be co-facilitating the program with Jillian le Gros from Bayside Mental Health Service - offering their unique blend of lived experience and mental health nursing perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach makes for an incredibly rich and diverse program where people who experience mood disorders like depression and bipolar can learn together new skills and strategies that support positive mental health and boost wellbeing.
Samuel Walker is a lived experience practitioner and the Coordinator of BIG, a purely peer-operated mental health community on Brisbane’s Bayside. He brings to the group his unique peer perspective as someone who has not only lived with a mood disorder for over 20 years, but has learned to live well. Jillian Le Gros is a clinical mental health nurse with Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from years of both clinical and community practice. Together they form a dynamic and diverse team who facilitate a truly transformative program for people wishing to work on their recovery from mental health challenges.