Recovery Programs

ARCVic provide short term, skills based group therapy programs for people with anxiety disorders.

Mindfulness for Anxiety

5 Week Group Program presented by Dr Craig Hassed - next program starts February 13th 2018

Dr Craig Hassed: Craig is a general practitioner and Senior Lecturer in the Monash University Department of General Practice. He has been instrumental in introducing various innovations into medical education and practice with an emphasis on the application of holistic, intergrative and mind-body practice.

This program is an introduction to the practice of mindfulness to help reduce stress and manage anxiety.

The program runs for 5 x 1.5 hour sessions on Tuesday evenings between 6:00pm and 7:30pm.

Dates:                February 13, 20 & 27, and March 6 & 13, 2018

Venue:                ARCVic, 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills

Cost:                  $250 for 5 week program – Medicare rebates do not apply. Cost includes copy of Craig Hassed's 'Know Thyself' book.

Courses get booked out early so be quick to register to avoid disappointment. Bookings can be made online here


OCD Cognitive Strategies and Recovery Workshop

OCD is an anxiety disorder that affects more than 500,000 adults and children throughout Australia.   It can have devastating effects on a person’s daily life due to recurrent intrusive and unwanted thoughts, described as obsessions. Most of these people, but not all, also engage in repetitive behaviours and/or mental patterns that are described as compulsions or rituals. These experiences can become extremely distressing for sufferers of OCD as they are time consuming and often interfere with their daily lives and can have a negative effect on their relationships with others.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based treatment for anxiety and is the basis of the program. This group program consists of 6 x 1.5 hour workshops that provide information for participants about building strategies to reduce anxiety and OCD symptoms, relaxation techniques, how to identify triggers that contribute to anxiety, and management strategies to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Being in a group benefits many people suffering from similar symptoms as it provides a space for understanding and empathy that they may not feel they have in other areas of their lives.

Next Program starts February 2018

Venue: Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria, 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills

Fee:   $214.70 (Medicare rebates may apply for the full amount)

A one on one assessment with Angelique will be required prior to commencing the program (cost of assessment included in fee). Fees are required to be paid up front in order to secure your spot in the program.

For further information contact the ARCVic Office – 9830 0566 or Helpline – 9830 0533 / 1300 269 438

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Download a flyer pdf here (222 KB)  


Mindfulness Based Stress and Anxiety Program

4 Week Group Program

Mindfulness is a gentle approach but powerful way of learning to pay attention. This program is an introduction to the practice of informal and formal mindfulness to help reduce stress and manage anxiety.

In this 4 week group, you will learn how to become more aware of how your mind works, acknowledge when unhelpful thought and behavior patterns arise, and learn strategies to assist with intense feelings and sensations in the body associated with stress and anxiety.

Cost: $80/$60 ARCVic Members

2018 Dates: 

Lilydale - March 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 1-2.30pm, at Lilydale Lake Community Room, 435 Swansea Roas, Lilydale. Book online here

Surrey Hills -  March 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 6.30-8.00pm, at ARCVic, 292 Canterbury Riad, Surrey Hills. Book online here

Download flyer  pdf here (339 KB)


 Post Traumatic Stress Structured Support Group

A facilitated support group for people who have experienced any form of trauma., offering guest speakers, workshops, information & self-help. (Limited numbers to 12 participants)

This is a closed group for 6 session intervals.

Venue: Harte Felt Centre - Level 1, 16A Toorak Rd South Yarra

Meets the second & forth Wednesday’s of each month

Venue: Harte Felt Cantre 
Level 1, 16A Toorak Rd, South Yarra 
Time: 7pm—8.30pm
Cost: $40 per 6 weeks. ($25 ARCVic Members)

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If you are interested in receiving more information or attending a recovery program please contact the office on 03 9830 0566 or Helpline on 9830 0533