Emerald Psychology Groups are facilitated by experienced psychologists. The groups have been developed to provide a safe place to explore personal difficulties. Group therapy is similar to individual therapy in that people are supported to overcome personal difficulties. The group environment provides an opportunity to share experiences, build connections and to gain peer support.
We offer mindfulness based groups aimed at improving functioning with regard to a range of common challenges. Attending a regular group provides benefits of developing new skills as well as gaining acceptance, support, knowledge, and encouragement from others that experience similar challenges. Groups are a combination of providing information, practicing skills and sharing experiences. For each group, you will have the opportunity to discuss how the group may meet your needs with a Psychologist prior to the first session. The groups are provided on a 10-week school term basis and each session is 90 minutes in duration.
Grief and Loss Group
Bereavement is one of life’s most difficult experiences. It can be a frightening, confusing and very emotional time. In response to an expressed community need, the Emerald Psychology Practice is pleased to offer a Grief and Loss Group to anyone impacted by grief. The Group will be run for 8 sessions, each lasting 90 minutes. The sessions will be partially ‘unstructured’ meaning group members will be able to share and process individual experiences and partially ‘structured’ where our experienced Group Facilitator will be able to provide some education and context around grief and loss. This will be a closed group so once the group is formed, it will remain the same for the 8 sessions. We have 10 spaces on this group so places are limited. The cost for each session is $50 and it would be a requirement to pay for the sessions in advance. The group is due to start on Monday 13th November from 6pm to 8.30pm at the Emerald Psychology Practice.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a process of bringing our awareness to the present moment. Mindfulness in the form of cognitive behaviour therapy has been shown to be effective in a wide range of clinical disorders, such as chronic pain, anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, OCD, substance abuse, and borderline personality disorder. It is also demonstrated to improve performance in a variety of tasks. Some therapy models that are mindfulness focused are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
Mindful Eating Group
The Mindful Eating Group is a program for people experiencing difficulties with their eating behaviour. It caters for people experiencing stress related eating, emotional eating, disordered eating and obesity. Through mindfulness training, this group will help people have an awareness of what the body needs, enjoyment of food without overeating, and address struggles with difficult emotions that can be associated with eating, such as deprivation and guilt.
Mindful Parenting Group
Participation in a Mindful Parenting Group aims to improve the experience of parenting. Mindfulness approaches assist with being tuned in to children’s needs as well as attending to the parent’s own needs. They are helpful to find more effective approaches to manage difficult behaviours. Techniques include assisting parents to find a balance in helping their children manage their emotions and behaviour, and providing a secure base for them to explore their world.
Stress and Anxiety Management Group
This Stress and Anxiety Management Group will utilise Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques to develop stress management and anxiety management skills and develop resilience. Skills taught include a focus on relaxation, managing difficult thoughts, facing fears, and using mindfulness techniques to develop awareness and respond to identified needs effectively.
Effective Emotions Group
This Effective Emotions Group aims to use mindfulness-based skills to experience emotions in a helpful way rather than becoming overwhelmed by them. It will help to develop an awareness of emotional states and identify effective responses to these states. The group looks at the function of emotions and how emotions help us to meet our needs. There will be a focus on learning strategies to prioritise goals and manage relationships effectively. These groups will involve some learning and discussion about the skills, some skills practice within sessions, and time to discuss the practice of skills in everyday life.
The Emerald Psychology Practice uses the HICAPS billing system to allow for a convenient and efficient payment process. Participants can receive their Medicare and Private Health Cover rebates immediately. Medicare and EFTPOS cards are required in order to process rebates. The cost of attending a full-term group is $400 with Medicare rebates of $21.65 available for each session.
Joining the Group
If you would like to be considered for any of the Groups, please contact the Emerald Psychology Practice on:
T: 0478 125 865 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Places are limited, so please contact us if you’re interested in attending a group.
The terms dates for 2016 are as follows:
Term 1: 27 January to 24 March
Term 2: 11 April to 24 June
Term 3: 11 July to 16 September
Term 4: 3 October to 20 December
The Emerald Psychology Practice offers a range of education seminars. The seminars will provide people with a basic understanding of major problems such as depression and anxiety and coping strategies. They are designed for people who may be unsure about their problems and want more information or for people who care for or live with someone who is struggling with a mental health issue.
For more information about the seminars available or to request information about a particular issue, please contact us on T: 0478 125 865 or E: email@example.com.