ARCVic specialises in support, information, educational and recovery services for people and families affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), OCD spectrum disorders including trichotillomania and body dysmorphic disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, specific phobias, stress disorders, and childhood specific anxiety problems such as separation anxiety and school refusal. ARCVic has extensive specialist expertise in the area of OCD, and also has an important secondary focus in a range of related mental health disorders such as depression, trauma related stress.

Support Groups

ARCVic is proud to announce that from July 2021 the following groups will transition face to face:

To book your spot on any of our groups, please click on the following link, find your group that you're interested in and then click register.

Peer led, Mutual Self-Help Support Groups provide an opportunity for people to help one another, support one another in a confidential and safe space. 

Many people affected by anxiety disorders find it helpful to meet others with similar experiences. Support groups provide individuals with an opportunity to discuss challenges, self-help ideas in a relaxed, understanding and confidential safe environment to support you along your recovery journey.

If you are encountering challenges with registering for a group, please email our Support Group Coordinator - Anu on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Helpline is also available on 1300 269 438 or 03 9830 0533 for further information, support and referrals between the hours of 10am-8:30pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)

Please see the following docs to give you information on how our zoom groups operate:
• ARCVic’s Online Support Group Etiquette
• ARCVic’s Online Support Group Guidelines

Please also find the emergency numbers information if you need further supports:
• Emergency Numbers Sheet

Technical issues:  We suggest that participants log into the zoom link 10 minutes before the meeting and check to make sure that their video and microphones are working and that they are using headphones.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and health requirements as advised by DHHS.The face to face groups will be capped at a maximum capacity of 6 participantsand bookings are essential. The health and safety of our participants and volunteers is paramount. Therefore all health and safety hygeine protocols will be adhered to, masks and hand sanitisers will be made available and recommended. Group registrations will close 1hour prior to the group. If no registrations have been made an hour before the group - the group will not go ahead. For online groups, we recommend logging-in on to the the zoom link 10 minutes prior to the meeting to ensure their video and microphones are working. 

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2nd Tuesday's Monthly (Face-to-Face) - 7.00pm to 8.00pm

4th Tuesday's Monthly (Online) - 7.00pm to 8.00pm

1st and 3rd Thursday's Monthly (Online) - 2.00pm to 3.00pm

1st Sunday Monthly (Face to Face Group) - 11am to 12:00pm



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3rd Wednesday each month (face-to-face) - 7:30pm-9:30pm


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2nd Sunday of the Month (Face2Face) - 12pm to 1:30pm

4th Sunday of the Month (Online) - 11.00am to 12.30pm


2nd Wednesday of the Month (Face to Face) - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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 2nd  and 4th Tuesday's Monthly - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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 1st and 3rd Monday's Monthly - 7.00pm to 8.00pm

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 1st Tuesday of the Month - 7.00pm to 8.30pm

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2nd and 4th Monday's Monthly - 2.00pm to 3.00pm

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1st  Wednesday of the Month - 7.00pm to 8.00pm 


 Weekly on Friday's from 11.00am to 12.00pm

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 Weekly on Thursday's from 10.30am to 11.30am


IF YOU ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY REGISTERING FOR THE ARCVic SUPPORT GROUPS – PLEASE EMAIL Anu Dhingra This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call our helpline 98300533 where they can send you an email with the zoom link, meeting ID and password for the support online group you are interested in.

If you have any concerns or questions, please free to call the helpline 98300533 or reach out using our webchat which will be available from Monday to Friday 10am to 8.30pm.


ARCVic provides this online service as a form of peer support. It is understood that it does not completely substitute for face to face interaction. Given the mode of service and the fact that it is dependent on individual devices ARCVic cannot ensure quality of transmission or connection. The intent is to provide for a form of contact and personal communication within the limits of the technology.

ARCVic CARES 4Me Program

(Coordinated Anxiety Recovery and Emotional Support)

The Victorian Government has funded the Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria, (ARCVic) to deliver a free program CARES 4me Program

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OCD and Anxiety Helpline (1300 269 438 or 03 9830 0533). If you are having trouble reaching us, you can also try our direct helpline number (03) 9108 7383.

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Education Seminars

ARCVic is committed to providing information to those most in need at the lowest cost possible and in some instances our seminars are free.

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Many of ARCVic's services are provided free of charge and we hope to keep our services as cost free as possible.

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The Anxiety Recovery Centre library is located at our new offices: 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills.

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