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Therapeutic Groups

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:

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We live in a world that is, at times, disapproving and hostile towards LGBTIQ people.   Myths and stereotypes are often more prevalent than positive representations of the LGBTIQ community.  Without even being aware of it, we can sometimes buy into this negativity and internalise it.

Is Internalised homophobia 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. 

FEARLESS is ten-week therapeutic group for members of the LGBTIQ community who feel impacted by homophobia.  It is facilitated by professional counsellors and aims to provide a respectful and safe environment to explore your experiences and their impact on your identity and relationships. The group seeks to provide you with a better understanding of how to live a more authentic and fulfilling life.

The group will explore homophobia in the context of:

  • Self-identity
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Sex and intimate relationships
  • Friends and family
  • Faith and religion
  • Work and career

Important participant information:

  • Potential group participants will be asked to attend an assessment.  The assessment will be approximately 45-60 mins and undertaken by one or both of the group facilitators.  The assessment is designed to ensure the group is a good fit for participants.
  • The success of the group relies on the active involvement of everyone.  As such, we encourage participants to commit to attending all sessions.  Participants will be supported to contribute as much as possible in each session.

 Find out more:

For more information, please call VAC Counselling Service (03) 9865 6700, or email counselling@vac.org.au.

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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. 

Contact us

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).

Email: counselling@vac.org.au


VAC relies upon your continued support