Our counselling service runs therapeutic groups to address the continuing challenges of the living with HIV and the needs of the LGBTI community.
How the Groups Work
The groups are:
- Facilitated by professional counsellors or psychotherapists
- Held weekly and run for six to ten weeks. Group members agree to attend all sessions
- Sometimes focused on particular themes, such as anxiety or living with HIV so you can get help with particular issues
A group approach:
- Can help you change unhelpful thoughts or behaviours
- Work with other group members to develop a stronger sense of self
- Provides a safe and confidential space
You may feel anxious and uncomfortable about joining a group and talking about yourself. However, our facilitators are trained to monitor, give feedback, and help the group work through difficult issues. Group members often feel supported by the others in the group, and gain strength from knowing that there are others going through similar issues.
Please select the group you are interested in below:
Have you grown up in a culture which is disapproving or at times hostile towards you?
Do you feel you might have internalised some of those negative feelings?
Queerphobia may be having a negative impact on your well being.
Join our FEARLESS group to explore how these issues might be affecting you and learn better ways of dealing with them.
This group is an eight-week therapeutic group for members of the LGBTIQ community who experience queerphobia. It is presented by the Counselling Service of the VAC.
FEARLESS is facilitated by professional counsellors and aims to provide a respectful and safe environment to explore your experiences and their impact on your identity. The group seeks to provide you with a better understanding of how to live a more authentic and fulfilling life in our normative heterosexual world.
If you would like to explore and understand different ways of challenging other people's and your own queerphobia contact us today.
Find out more:
To express your interest in joining the group, please call VAC Counselling Service (03) 9865 6700, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you find yourself?
- Always acting like the 'boss'
- Controlling your partner's decisions
- Blaming your partner or other factors for making you angry
- Finding it hard to express your feelings and then exploding
- Hurting your partner, friend or family physically or emotionally
- Feeling anxious or confused about your behaviour
- Finding yourself constantly apologising for your behaviour
Then you might be using relationship violence.
ReVisioning, our men's behaviour change group may help.
ReVisioning is a group where you as a gay or bisexual man can learn about breaking pattern of violence, abusive or controlling behaviours. The group offers a safe environment where you can explore power and control in your relationships and raise your awareness of the effects your behaviours have on others and yourself.
ReVisioning aims to provide information and support so you are able to challenge yourself to take more responsibility for your behaviours. Together we work to build your confidence and self-control and help you deal with conflict and difficult emotions in your relationships and in other parts of your life without the use of abusive of controlling behaviours.
Call VAC on (03) 9865 6700 for more information.
Re-Wired is a free, eight week program for men who have sex with men (MSM) aimed at helping you to learn skills and strategies to change your methamphetamine use and better manage your mental health.
The group focuses on topics including:
- Relapse prevention
- Methamphetamine and the brain
- Sleep and nutrition
- HIV & sex
- Mental health and mindfulness
- As well as featuring a guest speaker talking about their story of recovery
In addition to participating in the group, there is also the added option for you to engage in individual face to face or telephone counselling whilst the group is running as an extra support for your recovery.
Each part of the Re-Wired program is free and will be held at the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) in South Yarra. For more information, to make a referral or register your interest, please visit vac.org.au or call us today on (03) 9865 6700 and ask to speak to someone from the counselling team.
Costs associated with the therapeutic groups can vary from free to low-cost. Typically, fees are based on a scale depending on your income. A gold coin donation is the fee for healthcare card holders and those on a disability support pension. Therapeutic groups offered through our Alcohol & Other Drug services are typically free.
If you are interested in participating in any of our therapeutic groups or if you would like further information, please contact our counselling service.
Phone: (03) 9865 6700 or 1800 134 840 (free call for country callers).