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
Tuesdays – 1 May to 26 June 2018
Tuesdays – 16 October to 11 December 2018
Time: 10am – 12pm
Venue: Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury, 4 Park Ave, Gordon, 2072
Fee: $25 (a one off payment for the REACH Wellbeing Program handbook)
Facilitators: Olivia Saxon and Peter Forster
For expressions of interest: 02 9498 8805 or email Olivia
Olivia Saxon has a Masters in counselling and psychotherapy. She works as a face-to-face counsellor at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury and in addition to facilitating the REACH group has also been involved in facilitating the Hoarding Treatment Group. Olivia strongly believes that groups provide a positive 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 strategies to help them on their journeys towards wellbeing.
Depression and Bipolar Support Group (DBSG)
Lifeline Harbour To Hawkesbury is offering an open monthly support group to participants who complete the REACH Wellbeing Program. The Depression and Bipolar Support Group aims to offer REACH graduates the ongoing opportunity to revisit and foster learnings and strategies gained during the REACH Program, as well as a forum in which to explore their recent challenges and successes. Topic-focused interactive activities, group discussions and mindfulness exercises are designed to further cultivate insight, resilience, connection and coping.
When: Third Wednesday of every month; starting Wednesday 14 February 11am-1pm
Evening Group 1: Starting on Tuesday July 3 to Tuesday August 28, 2018; 6 PM – 8 PM
Evening Group 2: Evening Group 2: Starting on Tuesday October 23 , to Tuesday December 4 2018; 6 PM – 8 PM
Cost: $40 enrolment fee, sessions are free of charge.
Venue: ACAP Psychology Clinic, Level 11, 255 Elizabeth Street
Facilitator: Dr Ester Senderey
To register interest: Contact Ester Sanderey, 8236 8070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ester Sanderey 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