Our Helpline OCD & Anxiety HelpLine 03 9830 0533 or 1300 ANXIETY 1300 269 438 

Recovery Programs

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

2024 Programs to be confirmed 

For further information or to register contact the ARCVic Helpline – 03 9830 0533 Email admin@arcvic.org.au web: www.arcvic.org.au

Stress and Anxiety Recovery Program

A weekly group program for people wanting to learn skills and strategies for managing everyday stress and anxiety. Expression of interest please contact admin@arcvic.org.au 

This program will focus on teaching stress and anxiety management skills and will not directly address a specific anxiety disorder.  The program will be more appropriate for people who need assistance managing their own stress levels and managing stressful situations or environments at work, study or home.

The program is conducted in a group with a minimum of 8 and maximum of 12 participants.

New dates TBA

Hands Down: Trichotillomania (Hair-pulling) Group Recovery Program

A supportive weekly group program for people with Trichotillomania to start you on your recovery journey. Expression of interest please contact admin@arcvic.org.au

This program is for people with trichotillomania and will assist you with your recovery journey. You will learn new ways of understanding your trichotillomania and we will work together to change the meaning you attach to having trichotillomania. The program will assist those who would like to improve their self-esteem and develop better self-acceptance. Together we will unravel and explore the unique behaviour of trichotillomania and grieve the impact it has had on you but you will leave with hope that trichotillomania does not have to be a life sentence.

The program is conducted in a group with a minimum of 8 and maximum of 12 participants.

New dates TBA

For further information or to register contact the ARCVic Helpline – 03 9830 0533 Email admin@arcvic.org.au web: www.arcvic.org.au

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.

New dates TBA

PTS Education and Recovery Strategies Workshop

Many people will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime which can understandably be highly stressful and emotionally challenging.  However given the right support and circumstances, most people recover in the weeks following it.  Some people may react in a more severe and enduring way, resulting in a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Recent Australian studies have reported the lifetime prevalence rates of PTSD in the community at 7.7%.  Despite the pain and distress, many people also report great psychological and spiritual growth and other positive outcomes from the recovery journey.  These psychological changes, known as Post Traumatic Growth can include the perception of improved interpersonal relationships, enhanced personal strength, new possibilities, spiritual growth and an increased appreciation of life (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 2004).

This workshop is focused on increasing understanding and coping skills around traumatic stress reactions whilst keeping Post Traumatic Growth in mind.  It consists of 6 x 90-minute sessions that provide information for participants about PTSD and how it affects the brain, individual treatment options when working with a therapist, identifying values and learning new skills in self-compassion, mindfulness and grounding techniques with the purpose of moving towards a valued and meaningful life. The program draws from approaches in cognitive-behavioural therapy, neuroscience, acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion-focused therapy and research into post-traumatic growth.

A brief telephone interview and screening will be undertaken with eligible participants. The program is designed for eligible participants to access the Medicare Mental Health Care Plan (group sessions) to lower the cost.  Places fill quickly so please call or e-mail to register your interest.

New dates TBA

Healthy Minds and Bodies

Healthy bodies make healthy minds
8 week group program – new dates TBA
 at the Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria, 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills

In a safe and supportive environment, the Healthy minds and Bodies Workshop will facilitate a fitness journey aiming to:

  • Strengthen understandings of the mind and body connection
  • Provide a motivating and inclusive approach to exercise
  • Demonstrate how exercise and nutrition can help manage anxiety levels
  • Create a supportive and motivational group environment
  • Comprehensive assessment of pre and post fitness and anxiety levels
  • Reflect and track individual progress through wellbeing workbook

New dates TBA

Hoarding Workshop

4 week group program

Facilitated by Michelle Graeber (ARCVic CEO) 

Hoarding is described as a disorder if someone collects too many things, has difficultly letting go or throwing out things that are no longer needed or wanted.  Often, people who hoard have difficulty moving around their home due to the amount of things they have accumulated inside it or even around the outside of their home.  Group therapy can be helpful as this reduces feelings of isolation and shame associated with hoarding behaviours and can enable people to develop their own skills, and understand the emotions and thoughts associated with their disorder. 

This workshop is focused on increasing understanding and coping skills.  People with hoarding can find it helpful to meet others with similar experiences & work through recovery together in a relaxed & understanding environment,

The workshop consists of 4 x 2 hour sessions that provide information for participants about hoarding and will be based on ideas from the “Buried in Treasures” book.  Participants will be invited to be matched with a volunteer ‘Companion’ to assist in the letting go process. 

Dates:   New dates TBA 
Venue: TBA  
Fee:   TBA

Fees are required to be paid up front in order to secure your spot in the program.  

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