CBT & Yoga – 6 Week Mental Health Program

“The CBT/Yoga course has taught me how to carry the strength, clarity and inner calm I experience on the mat into my day to day life, particularly the hard times. It has helped me conquer and shift some (long standing) negative self talk and poor mental health” (Group participant)

This program is suited to people wishing to improve their mental wellbeing and quality of life utilising the complimentary tools of Yoga and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). It is designed for those who may suffer from mild-moderate anxiety and/or depression.

Yoga is a modality for wellbeing. It harnesses the movement of the body with breath, to create mental focus and space, restore energy and release stress. Through practice, it improves the ability of the mind to perceive, reflect and act with purpose. When offered therapeutically yoga, offers a complete body-based mindfulness system.

CBT is an evidence based psychological therapy designed to provide effective treatment for anxiety and depression. It offers skills and tools to manage and alleviate unhelpful thoughts and behaviours associated with anxious and depressed mood.

This 6-week group program combines CBT with Therapeutic Yoga, drawing on research led by the co-facilitators that revealed that Yoga as a mindful form of exercise improves the outcomes for CBT and provides participants with a sustainable recover tool alongside CBT.

It is facilitated by registered Clinical Psychologist, Dr Melissa O’Shea, and Senior Yoga Teacher/Yoga Therapist, Jill Harris, who bring together their expertise and passion for yoga and mental health.

The details

What’s included:

1 x Individual Psychological Assessment  – 50 minutes to identify individual goals for program.

1 x Personal Yoga Therapy Consultation – to develop a short home based yoga practice.

6 x weekly group sessions (adults) – 60 minute Yoga & Relaxation, 75 minute group CBT.

Participants will be supported to engage in regular home CBT & Yoga practice as part of the process.

Maximum 10 participants in each group.

Date: TBC – likely start date late February 2023. Expressions of interest to Jill.

Sessions will be run at Breathe Psychology, 10 Aberdeen Street, Geelong West 3218

Cost: $975 (A deposit of $300 is required to secure your spot.)

Participants can access a GP Mental Health Plan to receive a partial rebate on sessions.

Enquiries: Jill Harris 0409900965


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