Brisbane Specialist Suites provides a range of Group therapy options for children, teenagers and adults, hosted by our Group Therapy Facilitators, Alexandra Ward Victoria Alexander and Samantha Sheather.

Group Therapy is an affordable way to extend your psychological treatment under Medicare with minimal out of pocket costs.

An individual is eligible for 10 sessions of Individual Psychological Treatment and 10 sessions of Group Psychological Treatment per calendar year (January to December) with a suitable referral.



To be eligible for a rebate, you will require a referral from your General Practitioner (under a Mental Health Care Plan) or a referral from your treating Psychiatrist. In addition, you may be eligible for additional rebate from your Private Health Fund, depending on your level of cover.

For a list of dates and applicable costs please contact Reception on (07) 3831 8700.


Helping Children with Separated Parents
(Age: 7 – 10 years)

This program is designed to assist children who are adjusting to family life after the separation or divorce of their parents. It is also helpful for children adjusting to step-parents and blended families. This is a fun, educative peer support group program designed to help children come to a better understanding so that they can adjust in a healthy way to a new style of family life.

Calm Kids

Anxiety Group for Children
(Age: 7 – 10 years)

In the Calm Kids Program, children are invited to actively participate in learning practical strategies and skills to manage anxiety. In this group, participants will learn about feelings and anxiety, how to think more realistically, how to fight fear by facing fear, how to solve problems and how to be assertive. Parents will need to attend a parent session in the week prior to group commencing.



Adolescent Anxiety/ Social Anxiety Group
(Age: 12 – 17 years)

An interactive and fun program designed to address the hurdles of anxiety (including social anxiety, generalised anxiety, specific phobia) in real time. This group provides adolescents with a chance to realise that other young people their age also struggle with mood and anxiety issues. Topics discussed in this group include: anxiety, depression, peer relationships, teachers, school, relationships.


Transition to Life After High School
(Age: 17 – 20 years)

This group is designed for young adults who are coping with the task of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. This group will focus on developing a new sense of self, exploring sexuality, developing and applying abstract thinking skills, exploring identity, negotiating relationships with parents or caregivers, meeting demands of increasingly mature roles, adopting a personal value system, and developing stable and more productive relationships.



Supporting Positive Body Image
(Age: 14 – 20 years)

This group is designed as an early intervention approach to support positive body image in teenagers and adults. Using a range of approaches, we will explore the ways in which we can learn to embrace our size and shape, whilst learning to nourish and take care of our body guilt-free.


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
(Age: Teenagers & Young Adults)

This group is developed for young adults who will benefit from support negotiating strong and at times overwhelming emotions. This group focuses on Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation skills, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Young people learn better skills to help them manage their emotions, resolve interpersonal conflict, reduce self-harming behaviours, and improve self-confidence.


Contemplate TX

(Age: Teenagers & Adults)

We recognise that at times recovery from an eating disorder can feel like a very lonely process. In this group, we have created a safe space for women struggling with disordered eating to come and talk through their recent experiences whilst sharing in a light meal together. Psychotherapeutic support and strategies will be discussed to help you navigate the emotional and psychological stressors of eating in a calm and supportive environment.

During this group we will also discuss positive body image in teenagers and adults. Using a range of approaches, we will explore the ways in which we can learn to embrace our size and shape, whilst learning to nourish and take care of our body guilt-free.

Developing a Language of Self-Care

(Age: Adults)

In the present day we all lead such busy lives it can be hard to find the time to take care of ourselves. In this group, participants will be encouraged to consider how we can develop a language of self-care by taking time out to look after ourselves, by addressing the needs of our bodies as well as our minds, whilst learning how to balance the demands of everyday life.


How do I know if Group Therapy is right for me?


It can sometimes take a couple of sessions before you feel completely comfortable with the process of Group Therapy. After the first few sessions, when participating in Group Therapy:

If you experience any difficulties in Group Therapy, please do discuss this with your Group Facilitator so we can help you to find a solution.

What is involved in assessment?

Whether you see a Psychiatrist or Psychologist first, a comprehensive assessment should always involve a detailed history from caregivers. This will involve both parents or guardians. The involvement of both guardians is particularly important if the child in question is required to live between two households. This part of the assessment will focus on:

Your Specialist will also request collateral information from prior treatment providers (GP, psychologist) as well as school (teacher, guidance officer or school chaplain).

The second part of the assessment will involve an interview with your child. Your child may be interviewed alone, which is common practice. Whilst taking a history, your Specialist should also screen your child for any co-existing learning or language disorder which might impact on their capacity to self-soothe and participate in school-or peer-based activities.

Depending on the history, your Specialist may recommend blood tests to exclude possible co-existing medical conditions that can typically manifest with anxiety symptoms. This is particularly important if you are considering medication.

What treatment can we expect?

Good practice dictates that first line treatment should consist of regular psychological treatment from an appropriately skilled Psychologist, Psychotherapist or Child Psychiatrist with experience with children of this age. Psychotherapeutic sessions will generally occur weekly or fortnightly, and generally use principles from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Caregivers are encouraged to be strong participants in their child’s therapy. Your Specialist at Brisbane Specialist Suites will teach caregivers skills so that they may have the knowledge to reinforce strategies at home.

Medication is only considered when psychological strategies have failed, or when anxiety is of such severity that the child is unable to participate in psychological treatment or has serious thoughts of self-harm. Medication should only be considered under the supervision of a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Recovery Is Possible

Patients come to see us for a range of reasons.  Whether you are struggling with relationship difficulties, mood or anxiety symptoms, grief and loss issues, or work or study stressors, our team will be able to assist you.

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