Group Therapy in Perth

What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy is an effective treatment for a range of different psychological problems and disorders. Group therapy programs are designed to target specific problems or issues, such as anxiety or addiction.

The biggest advantage of group therapy is the power of social connection. By sharing and listening as part of a group, individuals can gain new perspectives or strategies to overcome their own challenges. Group therapy is a unique and highly effective form of psychotherapy.

You don’t need to see a psychologist one-on-one to attend group therapy. Some people attend individual therapy in addition to group therapy, while some people participate in group therapy only.

Group Therapy Programs at Mindstate Psychology

Discover the range group therapy programs offered at Mindstate Psychology, facilitated by our trusted team of expert psychologists.

Group Therapy for Chronic Pain and Illness

Facilitated by
Liam Reilly

Group therapy for Chronic Pain and Illness aims to address the rising challenges of living with chronic pain or illness. In addition to traditional medical treatments, physical therapy, and pain education, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an empirically based cognitive-behavioral therapy, utilizes acceptance, self-compassion, mindfulness, commitment, and behavior change strategies to enhance psychological flexibility. The ultimate goal is to help individuals clarify their values and return to a rich, full, and meaningful life, challenging the notion that the struggle with pain causes suffering.

Unlike some treatments, ACT does not seek to cure or control pain but focuses on changing behavior by altering the way individuals relate to their thoughts, feelings, and sensations. The ACT on Goals Group Therapy Program, consisting of eight fortnightly sessions, uses metaphors and discussions to teach participants skills for achieving their health and life goals, emphasizing choice and participation. Suitable for adults experiencing chronic pain or physical health conditions, the group is designed for those at the beginning of rehabilitation or feeling stuck in their progress, offering a supportive environment to manage barriers and improve overall well-being.

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Next intake:
April 2024
Program Duration:
8 Sessions
Session Length:
90 minuets

Group Therapy for Social Anxiety

Facilitated by
Liam Reilly

Group therapy for Social Anxiety addresses the challenges associated with social anxiety disorder, focusing on overcoming the negative self-judgments and fear of negative perceptions by others that individuals with social anxiety often face. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is presented as a well-researched and evidence-based approach, empowering individuals to confront social anxiety by accepting and acknowledging anxious thoughts and emotions rather than suppressing them. ACT combines mindfulness practices with practical tools, fostering awareness and clarity to help individuals respond skillfully to challenging situations. The therapy aims not only for symptom reduction but also provides tools for a more meaningful and fulfilling life. The program offers a supportive environment for individuals to learn and practice techniques that help overcome social anxiety. The group format provides a safe space for skill acquisition, promising long-lasting benefits beyond the group sessions, encouraging participants to engage in meaningful social activities with increased confidence and success.

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Next intake:
April 2024
Program Duration:
10 Sessions
Session Length:
90 minuets

The Benefits of Group Therapy

While joining a group of strangers to talk about personal problems may sound intimidating, group therapy provides many benefits that individual therapy may not. Often, group members are surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.

While joining a group of strangers to talk about personal problems may sound intimidating, group therapy provides many benefits that individual therapy may not. Often, group members are surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be. Regularly talking and listening to others helps individuals put their problems in perspective. While many people experience mental health difficulties, few speak openly about them to people they don't know well. Often, people feel like they are the only ones struggling — but they’re not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they're going through and realise you're not alone. Group therapy also exposes individuals to new ways of seeing and tackling problems. Different people have different personalities and backgrounds, and they look at situations in different ways. During group therapy individuals share their own ideas and strategies, which allows members to discover new ways of managing their own problems.

What should I expect during Group Therapy?

Group therapy in Perth involves one or more psychologists leading a group of between five and 15 participants, ensuring that you still receive the personal attention that you need and deserve. Typically, groups meet for an hour or two each week, although this varies between programs. Our group therapy programs are practical, and they are designed to teach you things that you can use to improve your life. The groups are structured so you can learn skills that are meaningful for you. Your learning will be enhanced by discussions that involve other group members. The group format also has the benefit of being cost-effective and has proven to be just as effective as individual therapy for a range of mental health conditions. The skills and techniques that you learn in our groups will continue to benefit you long after the group is over.

What is the process for Group Therapy at Mindstate Psychology?

The process for starting group therapy is very similar to starting individual therapy. You don’t need a referral to join a group program. You simply need to fill in this form. The information from the form will be forwarded to the psychologist facilitating the group. This is essential in ensuring that group therapy is right for you. If you prefer, you can call our reception or submit a normal enquiry, and our reception team will ask you the questions over the phone.

Group therapy may be eligible for Medicare rebates, but in order to claim these rebates, you must have a referral from a psychiatrist, pediatrician or mental healthcare plan from a GP. These referrals cannot be backdated, so if you wish to claim Medicare you need to see a GP prior to starting the group program.

How much does group therapy cost?

Group therapy programs vary depending on the duration and intensity of the program. Each program will list the cost on the program page, and whether it is eligible for Medicare rebates. Please note that not all programs are eligible for Medicare rebates.

While a discount is available for participants who wish to pay for the program up-front in bulk, participants can also pay on the day of each session.

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