Group Therapy

Group therapy offers kids, teens and adults an evidence-based way to gain new skills and information. Groups are a powerful and effective method of developing social and communication skills/confidence, emotional expression and self-regulation, as well as fine-tuning inter-personal relationship skills, with the overall aim of feeling happier in educational/work and home settings. Participating in a group can offer unique, dynamic and creative ways of developing skills, and can be a safe space to try out new ways of doing things. Groups can often help people to feel less isolated. Group participants provide valuable feedback and support to each other in a safe, encouraging environment.

Group Therapy at Crisalida

Crisalida groups are run by an experienced team of therapists. Group numbers vary according to the particular group, but are usually six to ten participants. Sometimes small groups work with two to four children are also run. Most groups are run by two therapists working together, offering participants an enhanced therapeutic experience. Group therapy is not for everyone, and we work carefully to ‘match’ our groups and ensure clients are ready for this experience. A pre-group assessment is conducted for new clients to discuss individual’s needs, goals and expectations. Groups are tailored around individual’s needs and goals.

Group therapy offers people a financially viable way to receive therapy services.

The following groups are available in 2017:

 Art Workshop  Saturdays , Sundays and Thursdays in Jan 2017  All ages  YES
 Ready Steady Prep  Wednesdays  Pre-school/   Prep  YES
 Drama Workshop TBA 2017  Adolescents and 9-12yr old  Expressions of interest
Friendship/Social Skills  Weds 3 – 4 year olds  YES
School Holiday Friendship / Social Skills Groups  April 3,4,6,7 and July 3,4,6,7 and Oct 2,3,5,6 Primary School Ages  Start time TBC (4 x 1 hr sessions over 4 days during the school holidays.  YES
 Emotion Regulation Workshops  Weds or Saturday  5 – 9 years     & 10-12 years  Expressions of interest
Tuning into Kids Parents Group  TBC Parents  Expressions of interest
VCE Preparation Groups  TBC Adolescents  Expressions of interest
Psychodrama Group  Monday Adults  YES
Be Confident Belong 12-14 year olds  Monday 12-14 year olds  YES
Be Confident Belong 15-17 year olds  Monday 15-17 year olds  YES
A.C.T – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group Saturday TBA Adolescents  Expressions of interest
Mindfulness Psychology  Tuesday’s in term Adults  YES

For any of these groups, please send an email to or phone (03) 94846299 or fill in/send a Group Registration Form.

Private Health Insurance Funds may provide partial rebates. Medicare Rebates may be applicable if a Medical Practitioner (GP, Paediatrician or Psychiatrist) refers to Crisalida and relevant therapist – a Mental Health Plan for Group Therapy can allow up to 10 rebated sessions per calender year. Please book a double session with GP to enable time for paperwork to be completed.
There is a set fee and expected 100% attendance for scheduled group programs – payments for these are made in two instalments, midway and at the completion of the group program. Missed group sessions attract 100% cancellation fee, due to necessary planning, staffing and preparation. Medicare and FaHCSIA do not cover cancellation fees.