Well-Being Groups are a safe place to explore life’s difficulties and to work towards personal growth. The benefits of participating in a well-being group are the opportunity to support each other, to feel heard, accepted and understood by other group members. These groups will have a particular focus on improving emotional and psychological health.
The sessions will be tailored to respond to the needs of the people expressing interested in joining a group. Issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties or grief can be discussed. Mindfulness and personal goal setting will also be included. If relevant, I will bring in guests speakers to co-facilitate group sessions.
Joining a Well-Being Group will have maximum benefit when clients have already attended individual sessions to address any distressing or urgent mental health issues. This could be with Rachel or through another Psychologist or Counselor. Attending the groups can assist in recovery and may compliment what has already been gained from individual sessions. Also if the Medicare rebate for individual sessions has been used up, this can be a way of continuing support and keeping on track.
Confidentiality is expected from all group members, what is said in the group, stays in the group! No new members join the group after the first session unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Groups will be held periodically and according to demand. Groups will run for 6 weeks at $75.00* a session. They will have 60 minutes of content and 30 minutes of refreshments, giving an opportunity for casual conversation between group members.
Rachel will meet with all potential group members prior to groups commencing to assist her planning for content and exploring if group work is suitable for those wishing to join. Also compatibility of group members is considered.
*Medicare pay a rebate of $31.65 per session for 10 group sessions per year in addition to individual sessions with a Psychologist. To be eligible a referral from a GP and a Mental Health Plan is required and there must be six to ten people in every group.