Group Therapy

Feel Better, Grow Together

Breathe Psychology is a progessive practice, offering therapies for the mind and body.  Along with “talk therapy” we also offer body therapy that focuses on connecting with the “feeling self” through movement. 

Studies show the effectiveness of these therapies improve when practiced in a group.

Our different approaches to Group Therapy

iRest Yoga Nidra

Integrative Restoration (iRest), or iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation combines traditional yogic practice with Western psychology and neuroscience. 

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It is a form of mindfulness meditation that has been researched and shown to effectively reduce symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain and substance use issues, whilst increasing awareness, resilience and wellbeing.

iRest is not psychotherapy – we do not set goals, talk or even mentally work through our problems. iRest is an educational process that focuses on our physical, psychological and spiritual health and wellbeing, in a secular manner that respects a person’s age, culture, religious and philosophical orientation, occupation, physical and mental health. 

iRest can be practiced lying down, seated or standing, with your eyes open or closed. During an iRest practice you are guided through various experiences. You have the opportunity to practice “being with”: being at ease whilst observing and welcoming physical sensations, breath, feelings, thoughts, images and memories that naturally arise. 

This may sound intimidating at first, but as you learn how to welcome all that is, you may discover first-hand an experience of profound joy and wellbeing which can develop into an inner reservoir of resilience and self-knowledge that supports your daily life. 

Breathe Clinical Psychologist, Meghan Odgers, offers a six-week course of iRest group classes. Each weekly class is 50 minutes in duration. Over the six-week course, we will deepen into the 10 steps of iRest. 

iRest can be supportive as an addition to psychological therapy as it supports nervous system regulation and deep relaxation. No prior experience with yoga or meditation is needed for participation in iRest. Only participants who are able to commit for the full six week program will be admitted (and no refunds are provided if participants who are unable to attend individual sessions).

Please note – due to current restrictions, iRest Yoga classes are currently on hold. Please enquire below to register your interest and we will be in touch when classes resume.

Trauma-sensitive Yoga

Trauma-sensitive Yoga provides a rare opportunity for individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges to engage in Yoga (and reconnect with their bodies) under the guidance of a highly trained mental health clinician. 

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‘Once you start approaching your body with curiosity rather than with fear, everything shifts.” – Bessel Van Der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score. 

Many mental health disorders (such as trauma, eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorders, anxiety based disorders etc.) result in individuals leaving their bodies and having negative and/or triggering responses when awareness of the body arises. 

Breathe Psychology Trauma-sensitive Yoga is delivered by a trained Psychologist and Yoga teacher. Only participants who are able to commit for the full six week program will be admitted and no refunds are provided if participants who are unable to attend individual sessions.

Please note – due to current restrictions, Trauma sensitive Yoga classes are currently on hold. Please enquire below to register your interest and we will be in touch when classes resume.

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Please enter your details and a brief summary of your enquiry. We endeavour to reply to all enquiries within 48 hours. Once we have received your enquiry we will be in contact to arrange a time to have brief telephone conversation in order to clarify any questions and assess if we are the right service for your needs.  
Please note, at the moment due to demand, some of our Clinician’s diaries are closed and they are not currently taking on any new clients. In this instance, we advise you to enquire at other Clinics in Geelong or consult your GP if you need immediate support.  

Please note, we are not an emergency or crisis service. Wait times can apply to see our Clinician’s. If you require emergency assistance please call 000 or a relevant mental health support service, such as:

Lifeline
13 11 14

Barwon Mental Health Services 
1300 094 187 (24-hr service)

Kids Help Line 
www.kidshelpline.com.au
1800 551 800

Mens Line
www.mensline.org.au
1300 78 99 78

Women's Domestic Violence
www.wdvcs.org.au 

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