Programs for adults 18+

Programs for adults 18+

Connections, social anxiety program is based on 15 years of research conducted at the Centre for Emotional Health. The program uses a cognitive behavioural approach where you learn skills to change your focus in social situations, to fairly evaluate your thoughts and beliefs, to gradually face difficult situations and to adjust your coping strategies.  The psychologist who works with you on the program will assist you to apply the skills in your everyday life.

Is this program for me?

This program is designed for people who experience anxiety in social and performance situations such as anxiety that arises when interacting with people, when giving presentations or during social events. Much of the time the social anxiety will be such that people prefer to avoid situations that cause anxiety and this leads to distress, an inability to perform well at work or education or it may place limits on friendships and everyday interactions in the community.

What is the format?

Connections is a 12 week program offered on an individual basis with sessions typically scheduled once per week. We have chosen to offer an individual approach rather than group approach as research indicates that response to treatment is better following individual therapy, and additionally provides clients with better flexibility for treatment to be adapted to their specific needs.

How do I become involved?

STEP 1

The first step involves a short phone intake. During this discussion we will check that the areas that you are struggling with fit with what the program offers and also check for additional problems that are not able to be addressed by our clinic such as clients who need crisis services, who experiences psychosis or who are drug or alcohol dependent.

STEP 2

Next, we request you come to the Clinic for a 1-2 hour assessment. At this assessment we will discuss in detail your current concerns and what you would like to gain from the program. Occasionally after the assessment we may feel that a different program or service is better suited to your need. If this occurs we will provide recommendations and referral.

STEP 3

After assessment you will begin individual treatment sessions. We offer sessions with registered and clinical psychologists.

Who do I talk to if I want to know more?

If you would like to talk with our team about participating in the social anxiety program, Connections, please call us on 02 9850 8711.

Additional information in this flyer.

A registered or clinical psychologist will conduct an assessment to determine your specific needs and construct a treatment plan informed by latest research.

For further information on our individual therapy services for adults, please see this flyer PDF, 148.37 KB.

Who is this treatment for?

Up to 50% of people with Parkinson’s disease will experience depression and anxiety. This effects quality of life, can lead to poorer functioning and greater physical and cognitive decline.

We are seeking people with Parkinson’s disease, over the age of 50 years, who are experiencing symptoms of low mood and anxiety (or worry) to participate in an evidence-based treatment program. The program can be completed individually, or the person’s spouse or carer may also participate.

What is involved?

We have taken our successful evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy program for older adults, which treats co-occurring anxiety and depression, and modified it for use with people who have Parkinson’s.

The program involves 10 weekly 30-50 minute sessions conducted over the phone with a registered psychologist.
This study aims to see if the modifications made to the program will lead to significant reductions in anxiety and depressive symptoms and whether these improvements can be maintained 6 months after treatment.

As carers play a vital role in helping those with Parkinson’s, we have developed the program to include the involvement of the spouses or carers if they wish to participate. They will also learn the skills taught and can assist their family member/friend with the skills if needed.

Improvements in both individual and carer distress will be compared between the intervention and treatment as usual.

For more information download the flyer PDF, 68.13 KB.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in participating, please call (02) 9850 8711 or email kate.blundell@mq.edu.au for more information on the study.

Enquiry form

In case of an emergency or crisis please contact: 

NSW Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511 or 
Lifeline – 131144

For all none urgent requests, please fill in the form below or phone 02 9850 8711.

Location and hours

Location
The Australian Hearing Hub
Level 1, 16 University Ave
Macquarie University NSW 2109

View map and directions

Clinic hours
Monday to Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Phone: 02 9850 8711
Fax: 02 9850 6578 

Email: ehc.admin@mq.edu.au

Crisis service
NSW Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
Lifeline – 131144

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