At Psychology Melbourne, our online therapy groups offer an alternative, effective form of psychological treatment that involves working with a small group of individuals with similar concerns or challenges. Our groups are led by experienced Group Leader psychologists who are trained in group facilitation and will create a safe and confidential environment for you to practice new skills, establish healthy boundaries, and share your experiences, and insights.
The primary purpose of group therapy is to provide a supportive therapeutic space where individuals can connect with others who may be facing similar difficulties. This shared experience can help alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness, as participants realise that they are not alone in their struggles. By hearing others’ perspectives, you can gain new insights into your own issues and learn a range of practical coping strategies.
All our groups are closed groups, which means all the participants begin the group at the same time. Typically, 6–10 participants meet for an hour a week for 4-6 weeks. Some people attend individual therapy as well as groups, while others participate in groups only.
One significant advantage of group therapy is its cost-effectiveness. Compared to individual therapy, group therapy allows individuals to receive on-going support and professional guidance at a reduced cost. This affordability makes therapy more accessible for a broad range of people.
In addition to being effective for a variety of mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression and interpersonal difficulties, groups also offer a supportive space to explore and address these challenges.
The therapeutic benefits of group therapy extend beyond the sessions themselves. Participants may find that the connections formed within the group carry over into their daily lives, providing a valuable support network for on-going challenges and helping participants stay committed to their personal growth.
Please note we do not disclose any personal contact details without your permission.
Each group at Psychology Melbourne includes 6-10 participants, guided by one of our psychologists with specialised training, known as Group Leaders, who teach proven strategies for managing specific problems. For example, if you choose an anger-management group, your psychologist will describe evidence-based strategies for controlling anger.
Each group focuses on a distinct topic such as Relationship Skills, Dealing with Trauma, ADHD coaching, and more. Within each session key information is presented on the topic with plenty of room for discussion and comments by participants. You will be strongly encouraged to bring up issues and ask questions during each session.
When you join a therapy group at Psychology Melbourne, the Group Leader will provide an full introduction, explaining the group guidelines and confidentiality agreement, and will answer and questions you may have. As sessions progress, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences, emotions and concerns with the group. Active listening and respect for others’ perspectives will be encouraged, where everyone’s voice is valued.
Many people find it's helpful to participate in both group therapy and individual psychotherapy. Individual therapy provides a one-on-one therapeutic relationship where deep exploration and personalised interventions can take place. It offers a place to delve into underlying issues, work through specific challenges, and receive tailored guidance from your psychologist.
Alternatively, group therapy, under the guidance of a trained psychologist, brings unique advantages through the dynamic power of shared experiences, empathy, and support from fellow group participants. Group work offers a sense of validation, connection, and a diverse range of perspectives that can broaden one's understanding of oneself and others.
If you feel your progress in individual therapy has stalled, joining a group can jump-start your personal growth.
By combining individual therapy's focused attention with group therapy’s broader perspective, participants can benefit from both personalised support and the enriching influence of the group’s support, enhancing their therapeutic journey and fostering holistic growth.
At Psychology Melbourne, confidentiality in group therapy is of paramount importance, as it ensures a safe and trustworthy space where participants can openly share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, knowing that their privacy will be respected and upheld.
When you join a therapy group at Psychology Melbourne, in your first online session, your Group Leader will provide a full introduction on how groups work, explain our confidentiality agreement. Only your first name will be visible on the screen and your surname will not be disclosed without your permission.
Groups work best where there is trust and honest communication between participants. Although you may start out as strangers, in a short time you will become a valuable and trusted source of support for each other.
The cost of our 6-session therapy groups is approximately $50 per session. Groups are held online usually in the evenings and run from 4-6 sessions. You can see the costs of our various groups on our website here.
Medicare rebates are available for 10 group sessions per calendar year if you have a current Mental Health Care Plan from your GP. Rebates only apply to each session you attend and if you are situated 15 km or more from where the group is being held.
Most of our groups are 15km from the CBD in Melbourne. Our Reception team can help you work out the eligibility the location where you will be on the night the group is being held.
Afterpay is available for the initial cost of the group and rebates are sent to your nominated account after each session. Some private health funds offer refunds for group sessions. Please contact your private health provider to find out more about your policy.
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The rebates are sent to your nominated back account after each group session.
We require prepayment of all groups prior to the start date. You can purchase your group on our website or call our Reception team for assistance on 1300 161 639.
Once you are enrolled in the group, you will be sent several forms to complete before the group starts. If you have any questions about forms, please speak to our helpful Reception team. The forms are required to be completed 24 hours before the group starts.
You will need to join the online group 10 minutes before it starts to ensure there are no IT problems. Assistance on the night is available for 10 minutes before the start time. Alternatively, we can show you how to join on the day prior to the group starting.