Managing Anxiety Group

managing anxiety group

Managing Anxiety Group

Dates: Tuesday 23rd & 30th July; 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th August 2024
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Online sessions via Zoom
Cost: $510 (for 6 sessions)

Purpose of your Group?

The purpose of this group is to increase understanding of anxiety and its origins. Participants will explore their experience of anxiety, define their specific concerns, and develop interventions and ways to reduce anxiety and its impact.

Anxiety is a general term that is used for a variety of anxiety-related disorders that induce feelings of nervousness, worry or fear. The effects of anxiety are not just limited to the mind but can also manifest physical symptoms.

Many people often feel alone in their struggle with anxiety, and it can be a significant relief to hear others share similar experiences.

By attending this 6-session online Managing Anxiety Group, you will gain confidence and skills on how to better understand and reduce your anxiety as well as reframe behaviours to improve emotional expression and life circumstances. You will also receive learning opportunities, group discussion, and video training.

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How does the group work?

The online Managing Anxiety Group is led by an experienced clinical psychologist with expertise in group training. You will be working online with 8–12 people, with similar concerns for 6 sessions on a weekly basis. Handouts and videos are provided at each session.

Once you have booked in, you will be sent several forms to fill in that will assess whether the group is the right one for you. If you have any questions of concerns about these forms, you can speak to the Reception team on 1300 161 639 or email us on info@psychologymelbourne.com.au.

The online Managing Anxiety Group package covers all 6 sessions at a cost of $510. Rebate of $34.80 may be applicable per session, with a valid mental health care plan and in a telehealth eligible area. Please check with our Reception team. You can use Afterpay for the initial cost and then your rebate will be sent after each session attended to your nominated bank account.

Who should attend this group?

This group is ideal for individuals experiencing any or all of the following:

Please note that while this course may be helpful it is not a substitute for treatment for any diagnosed psychological condition. Further therapeutic support is also available with our individual counselling.

About the Group Leader, Dr. Terrence Bowles

Dr Terrence Bowles Clinical Psychologist

Our Managing Anxiety Group is led by Dr. Terence Bowles who is a registered clinical psychologist and developmental psychologist. He has assisted individuals who experience anxiety via therapy and in groups for decades. He is relaxed, engaging, encouraging and supportive. His aim when presenting groups is to assist participants to manage their lives better.

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Managing Anxiety Group

Dates: Tuesday 23rd & 30th July, 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th August 2024
Location: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Online sessions via Zoom Cost: $510 (for 6 sessions)

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Group Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

About the Group

Are these group sessions live?

Yes, all groups are online and live so feel free to take notes, so you get the most out of the group program content. We also make time for Q&A at the end of each session so if you have any questions about the course content you can ask the Psychologist directly.

How many participants are there in the group program?

Normally there are between 6- 10 participants in the group zoom session. You will be able to see the Group Leader and the other participants in the group. You will also be able to ask Q&A questions either during the group or at the end of the group.

If I miss one of the group dates can I watch the recording?

Our Psychology groups are live events and are not recorded for client confidentiality and privacy reasons. We are unable to provide a digital copy, however we can provide the group handouts/homework each session.

Alternatively, you can schedule an individual counselling session with the Group Leader if you wish to discuss the session content in detail. Please call our Client Services Team on 1300 161 639 or use our live Chat on the website to book a session.

Are there any other group times available?

At this stage all our groups are running in the evenings, but we will be trialling some during the day next month. Many of our groups are repeated at a later date and we can put you on our waiting list for the next one. Please call our Client Services Team on 1300 161 639 or use our live Chat on the website to be added to a wait list.

Will other participants see me in the group?

The Zoom session is presented to the group, and you will be able to see the other participants. We ensure confidentiality by only making your first name visible. We do not want people turn off their video cameras for safety reasons and we don’t allow other people in the room for confidentiality reasons.

Can I have a private consultation with the group leader?

It is up to the Group Leaders whether they will provide one-on-one sessions for group members as it may be disruptive for the group. Please call our Client Services Team on 1300 161 639 to request this and they will pass on your request to the Group Leader.

If I want more extensive counselling, can this be organised?

We can arrange one-on-one counselling sessions with your Group Leader once the group has ended. To request this, please call our Client Services Team on 1300 161 639 or use our live Chat on the website



Group Confidentiality

Will participants be able to discuss the group sessions?

A Group Therapy Agreement will be sent to the participants at the end of the first session. This states that it is permitted to discuss group content outside the group, but not anything of a personal nature that is shared within the group.

No-one else should be present in the room during the group session and only first names will be visible on the video screen.

Make sure you have a quiet, closed space to participate in the group as confidentiality is important for you and others in the group.



Group Bookings

How do I book into an online group?

You can easily book a group online on our groups page by selecting the group you are interested in. When you click on the ‘Book Now’ button, you will be able to pay by VISA or MasterCard.

Alternatively, you can call Reception and pay by phone using a credit card or bank transfer. Once your booking is complete, you will receive an email confirming your booking.

Please ensure you enter your email address carefully to ensure you receive your Zoom link.

By Phone - Simply call our Client Services Team on 1300 161 639 or use our live Chat on the website and we can take your booking over the phone by VISA or MasterCard or bank transfer.

Can I book a group as a gift for a friend?

Yes, you certainly can! We have Group Gift Certificates available to purchase so you can gift someone special, and they can choose any of our courses to enrol in.

Alternatively, you can book an online group and include your friend's email, First Name, Last Name and Phone Number but pay for it yourself and we will send them the confirmation email directly to access the course content.

If you would like any assistance, please contact our Client Service Team on 1300 161 639 or use our live Chat on the website.



Group Payments and Medicare

What credit cards do you accept?

We accept payments by VISA or MasterCard online or by phone on 1300 161 639. Payment in full is required prior to the group commencing.

Can I pay with After Pay?

Yes, you certainly can! After Pay allows you to split your purchases into four interest-free instalments, so you will pay your first instalment at the time of purchase, and the remainder every fortnight.

You can find your payment schedule in the After Pay app and they will send you regular payment reminders. For more information about AfterPay, visit https://www.afterpay.com.

Can I pay by EFT?

No, we don’t offer EFT, but we accept bank transfers. Please contact Reception on 1300 161 639 to discuss this in more detail.

Do you offer concession fees for group programs?

We reserve a limited number of places for those people with a Health Care Card. Call our Reception Team on 1300 161 639 or use our live Chat on the website to discuss this in more detail.

Is there a Medicare rebate for Groups?

If you have a current Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) and are in a telehealth eligible area, you will be suitable to apply for up to 10 group rebates per calendar year, however rebates only paid after you have attended the session.

The MHCP provides 10 individual rebates as well as 10 group rebates, so you do not lose any rebates doing a group.

Group rebates are available only if you are in a telehealth eligible area within MMM classifications and a minimum 15 km away from where the group is being held https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/health-workforce-locator. Reception can assist you with eligibility and locations where each group leader is located at the time of a group.

Do I need a GP referral to do a group program?

If you don’t have a current Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP), you will need to discuss this with your GP.

The MHCP provides 10 individual rebates as well as 10 group rebates, so you do not lose any rebates doing a group.

Can I claim a rebate for group and individual sessions at the same time?

Yes, with a current Mental Health Care Plan and if you are in a telehealth eligible area, you will be eligible for 10 individual sessions plus 10 group therapy sessions per calendar year. This means that no Medicare rebates will be deducted from your individual treatment. 

Can I get a rebate from Private Health Insurance?

Our Psychologists are registered as providers with Private Health Funds. Some funds will allow rebates for psychological services, however it is advisable to check with your specific fund to see if your 'extras cover' includes this and the amount of repayment.

If you are eligible, you can choose to use your Private Health Insurance to pay for courses and we will send you a receipt for you to claim your rebate online.



Online Group Access

What video host do you use for groups?

Our online groups are hosted on Zoom https://zoom.us which is free to use and allows you to see, hear and participate in the group. It has audio and video functionality built-in so you can easily talk plus a chat window to type any questions you have about the group content.

What equipment do I need for groups?

You will need a computer, laptop or mobile phone with speakers or headphones and internet access. The bandwidth used by Zoom will be optimised to your network speed and will automatically adjust the quality for 3G, WiFi and wired environments.

If you have a microphone and/or webcam you will to be able to participate using audio and video. The full Zoom specifications can be viewed here - https://support.zoom.com/hc/en/article?id=zm_kb&sysparm_article=KB0060748.

If you like to take notes, have a pad and pen handy to write things down during the session. A glass of water is also a good idea.

How do I access the ZOOM session?

We will email you a link and password to access the scheduled Zoom session on the day of the group session. You can use the link within the email or visit https://zoom.us/join and add the Meeting ID to access the course

Can I view the Zoom session using my mobile device?

Yes, you can use mobile devices like phones and tablets and the full Zoom specifications can be viewed here - https://support.zoom.com/hc/en/article?id=zm_kb&sysparm_article=KB0060748.

Prior to your group you can download the Zoom mobile app here - https://zoom.us/download.

Make sure you have a quiet, closed space to participate in the group as confidentiality is important for you and others in the group. Only first names are visible on the screens.

When will I receive my link for the session?

We will email you a link and password to access the scheduled Zoom session on the day of the group session.

What if I do not receive the Zoom link?

We recommend that you check your email for the group zoom link well before 5pm on the day of your course (and don’t forget to check your junk mail if you can’t locate it).

If you do not have it, please call our Client Services Team on 1300 161 639 to resend it to you so you don’t miss your first session. We provide IT support for 10 minutes before the group starts.

What happens when I click the URL link?

When you click on your course link, the Zoom desktop or mobile app will download automatically to your device if you don’t already have the program installed, and you just follow the prompts to join the course. If preferred, you can install Zoom prior to the group session start from here - https://zoom.us/download.



Group Cancellations

If I can’t make it to my group is there a refund?

Unless in the case of a genuine emergency, we do not provide refunds on groups once they have been purchased, but you can transfer it to another person. There is also an admin fee of $100 for cancellations.

Please call our Reception team on 1300 161 639 or use our live Chat on the website to make any adjustments to your enrolmen.

What if the group program gets cancelled?

If for any reason the group is cancelled, you will be offered a full refund, or you can use it as a credit on another group or an individual online session with the Group Leader or another psychologist.

Can I organise a group at my workplace?

If you require a group for your workplace, we can arrange this for you either online or in-person. Contact our Client Services Team on 1300 161 639or use our live Chat on the website for further information.



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