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Group Therapy

ACT for Wellbeing

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioural therapy that focuses on psychological flexibility and valued, strengths-based engagement in life - both key factors in well-being and performance. It emphasises that psychological suffering and a lack of growth stem from psychological inflexibility, which encompasses emotional, cognitive, and attentional inflexibility, perspective taking failures, lack of chosen values, and an inability to engage in values-based actions. ACT helps clients overcome obstacles to living well by identifying and changing their relationship to thoughts, feelings, sensations, and urges rather than trying to eliminate or avoid them. It then encourages clients to commit to actions that enhance their lives.

ACT promotes psychological acceptance, mindfulness processes, and values-based living to help individuals experience life more fully, with vitality and commitment. It teaches the acceptance skill of bringing an open and willing attitude towards all internal experiences, without resigning to circumstances or giving in to pain. By opening up to internal experiences instead of avoiding or controlling them, long-term suffering can be reduced, and internal resources freed up to be directed to other life fulfilling areas.

The ultimate goal of ACT is to foster psychological flexibility, which involves being psychologically present and directing behaviour toward meaningful life values. This is achieved through six core processes:

  1. Contact with the present moment: Being fully engaged and present in the here and now experience, avoiding being consumed by thoughts or attempting to control feelings.

  2. Acceptance: Making room for unpleasant feelings, sensations, urges, and thoughts -  embracing and acknowledging the full range of human experiences without denial or avoidance.

  3. Cognitive Defusion: Stepping back from thoughts, observing them as bits of language without getting caught up in them. Making space to evaluate and respond rather than react to them.

  4. Perspective taking/observing self: Establishing contact with oneself as an observer, creating a healthy distance from fused thinking and gaining a sense of space to experience what is. This is about expanding the notion of self beyond thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

  5. Values: Clarifying what is most important and determining the kind of person one wants to be and the actions they want to take in life, rather than being driven by blanket avoidance or external expectations. Values provide motivation, guidance, meaning, and abundance.

  6. Committed action: Engaging in deliberate behaviours that align with personal values. This may involve goal setting, exposure to challenging experiences, and skill development.


ACT encourages individuals to move towards a meaningful life, even if it means allowing room for uncomfortable or unpleasant sensations, emotions, thoughts, and urges. It is not about willpower but rather mindful intention combined with inspired and deliberate action.

Through group therapy sessions, ACT helps individuals develop psychological flexibility, experience life more fully, and achieve overall well-being. Join our sessions to learn practical skills and transform your relationship with your thoughts, emotions and sense of Self.


1 / Confirm your eligibility

The first step is to confirm whether the group therapy program is the right fit for you and the group needs. Contact us so we can provide you with a Program Enquiry Form to complete and send back. We will ask for information about your health history and motivation to participate. 

This program is designed for people who:

- may not necessarily meet the criteria for any mental ill health diagnosis, but may be languishing in their work or personal life.

- meet criteria for a mental ill health diagnosis, and are seeking additional support to complement their one-to-one sessions.

- seeking an intervention to support them following previous engagement in a therapeutic or treatment program. This includes participants who may have been previously engaged in research trials exploring the efficacy of psilocybin for treatment resistant depression and are seeking a pathway to support the ongoing integration of insights from that process.

Please note: there are some diagnoses and experiences that will preclude people from participating. These criteria are necessary to ensure safety for all participants, and best-fit between participant / group dynamic / program structure and content. 

2 / Intake Review

Program Enquiry Forms are reviewed by our clinical team comprising of a registered psychologist and registered counsellor. 

You will be contacted and advised of the outcome of your enquiry. If you are reviewed to be an eligible candidate for the group program, one of the facilitators will invite you to schedule an Individual Intake Review Session in-person with the psychologist. 

This session is designed to:

- understand more about your biopsychosocial history and experiences and confirm your suitability.

- understand your level of psychological-literacy, social-literacy, emotional regulation and commitment to attendance.

- gather baseline measures on key aspects we are aiming to change through the program.

Duration: 50 minute (face-to-face with psychologist) & 1 hour of clinical review/scoring of measures

Fee: $200

3 / Group Participation

You will be assigned to one of the following programs both commencing October 19 2023:

  • Thursday Afternoon cohort: 4pm - 5:30pm

  • Thursday Evening cohort: 6:30 - 8pm


Small group sizes of between 5 and 10 participants ensure the right mix of diversity and personalised support.

Location: 5 Gleeson Ave, Sydenham, NSW

Frequency: Weekly for 6 weeks

Duration: 1.5 hour session

Fee: $110 per session (medicare rebates of $31.20 per session may be available for suitable participants with a Mental Health Care Plan)

Referrals and Enquiries

Contact us for more information or to see if this program is right for you.

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