Information for the Public

Group Therapy

Our group therapy programme is suitable for people with depression and anxiety disorders in the mild to moderate range.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our group therapy programme will flexibly move between in-person and online formats. Groups will run in-person at Christchurch PsychMed during Alert Level 1. During Alert Levels 2, 3 and 4 groups will be run over Zoom.

Groups will run on Monday evenings 7 – 9pm with a break in the middle. As the therapy protocol only has four sessions, it is important that you attend every session. If you are unable to attend one, it would be best to wait for another opportunity for therapy. We will begin in mid – October.

The fee for participating in this group is $490 for four 2-hour sessions.

Places in our group will be limited to 10 participants. We will accept referrals straight into group from Clinical Psychologists and Consultant Psychiatrists. Clients who have been referred by their GP or who have self-referred will need to have an assessment with a Clinical Psychologist before beginning group.

Further information is available for Clinicians

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Please get in touch if you think group therapy may be suitable for you.

Your Group Facilitators

Amanda Baird

Karin Muir






Why try Group Therapy?

There has been a significant increase in demand for high quality psychological therapy. In response to this, we need to explore different options for providing therapy. Group therapy is one option. Group therapy has been shown to be at least as effective as individual therapy in treating a wide range of mental health difficulties. Group therapy is also cheaper and can be made available to a larger group of people.

Our group therapy protocol is based on Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT), a well-established treatment protocol with a solid evidence base showing its effectiveness in a relatively short-time.

As we are committed to providing high quality care, we will assess the effectiveness of our group therapy. For this reason, we will ask you to complete some questionnaires measuring improvements and your level of satisfaction with the group therapy process. These questionnaires will be provided prior to beginning and at the end of four sessions.

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