Treatment courses for anxiety, depression and chronic pain - MindSpot Clinic

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About MindSpot Treatment Courses

MindSpot offers a number of treatment courses for people with symptoms of stress, worry, anxiety, low mood and depression. These courses help people learn about their symptoms, and learn proven skills to manage their emotional wellbeing and improve their quality of life. More than 20,000 Australians have enrolled in our treatment courses. On average, people experience a 50% reduction in symptoms. ​

The key advantages of MindSpot treatment courses are that they allow you to get help in a discreet, effective and supported way.

MindSpot treatment courses are:

  • Based on well-tested principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). CBT has been widely shown to be the most effective treatment for reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Developed and tested at the eCentreClinic, Macquarie University, Sydney, in clinical trials with thousands of people from across Australia, so we know that they work.

Our treatment courses are available to people aged 18 years and over, currently living in Australia, with symptoms of anxiety, depression and chronic pain.

Note: MindSpot treatment courses are not suitable for people who are in a mental health emergency, for example: who are currently suicidal. Read information about seeking urgent help.

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In any of the MindSpot treatment courses, you will learn:

  • How many people in Australia experience symptoms similar to you
  • The three different types of symptoms that make up anxiety and depression
  • How the different types of symptoms work together to make each other worse
  • Practical skills for tackling each type of symptom
  • Real life examples of how other people tackle each symptom
  • How to identify unhelpful thoughts and make your thinking more accurate
  • Strategies for dealing with strong physical reactions like panic symptoms
  • How to face things you fear or have been avoiding
  • How to deal with setbacks and stay well

If you complete a treatment course as recommended, we expect that you will learn the foundations for success and, with consistent practise, you should gain mastery over your symptoms. If you continue to experience symptoms after completing a MindSpot treatment course, we will discuss other treatment options with you.

We cannot guarantee that our courses will benefit you. But our experience with more than 20,000 Australians is that people completing our courses experience, on average, a 50% reduction in symptoms.

Use the MindSpot treatment course finder.

Most people choose to complete our treatment courses online. Each course is a carefully developed and tested set of lessons and resources, delivered in a structured way, over eight weeks. We also give course participants a further six months access to a course after they have completed it, to allow them to re-visit course materials and refresh knowledge and skills.

Each lesson in a MindSpot treatment course will require you to complete four key activities that will help you increase your knowledge about your symptoms and build practical skills to manage these symptoms.

1. Read a lesson

Lessons are a series of slides based on a specific topic for that week. We know that understanding your symptoms and building your knowledge will help your confidence grow.

2. Practise the skills

After reading a lesson, download the DIY (do-it-yourself) Guide. These contain simple tasks that are designed to help you recognise your symptoms, challenge thoughts and build better physical and mental habits in your day-to-day life.

3. Read the real-life stories

We provide real-life examples of how people from all walks of life learn to overcome their symptoms.

4. Talk with us

You can choose to receive weekly support from a trained MindSpot therapist or you can choose to contact them when needed. Your therapist will check on your progress, answer questions, provide support, and help you get the most out of treatment. Many people tell us that they find this really helpful.

Managing symptoms of anxiety and depression requires hard work and commitment. MindSpot treatment courses are designed to make this process as easy as possible.

Each MindSpot treatment course has up to five lessons that are delivered over eight weeks. You will need to spend at least four hours per week working on the lessons and the do-it-yourself tasks. The more time and effort you put into learning and practising your new skills, the better the results are likely to be. This time can be spread out across the week in small ‘chunks’ of time.

Aside from the lessons and do-it-yourself tasks, you can choose whether to have weekly contact with your MindSpot therapist, or to only have contact with a therapist when you have questions. You can also choose whether you prefer to be contacted via telephone or our secure email system.

Managing the symptoms of anxiety and depression requires learning and practising new skills. It also requires effort, determination and courage. You will need all of these to successfully complete a treatment course at MindSpot. If you choose to start treatment with us, we hope and expect that you will set aside enough time and effort for the course and for lots of consistent practice.

To be able to participate in a MindSpot treatment course, you must first complete a MindSpot Online Assessment which will provide us with information about your emotional health.

After completing your Online Assessment, we will aim to respond to you within one to three business days with feedback and recommendations. One of these recommendations may be a MindSpot treatment course.

If you have been recommended a MindSpot treatment course following your Online Assessment, please refer to your assessment report or email for details of how to enrol.

Before you start to enrol a MindSpot treatment course, there are some important things you need to know.​

If you have any questions, read our frequently asked questions, contact us via email or phone 1800 61 44 34.

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