The Changing Lanes program uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to assist people to identify, analyse and challenge their thinking and behaviours.
The program is particularly useful for people who experience depression or anxiety; however it is equally assistive to those seeking to improve the way they think, feel and reaction to situations.
Changing Lanes helps our clients by providing them with a greater understanding of the link between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It also helps people to improve their mood and overall quality of life.
Specifically, the goal of the program is to learn ways of identifying and disputing negative thinking patterns and promoting a more balance way of thinking. Clients learn relaxation techniques that can assist in managing their moods and changing reactions to situations.
How is the course structured?
Changing Lanes is run in groups of approximately 8 to 10 people and runs for two hours per week for six weeks. It is facilitated by a psychologist and is free of charge.
How can I get involved?
To participate, you must be HIV positive, be a registered client of Positive Directions and be able to commit to the course. Medical consent must be provided by your doctor prior to commencing the program.
When are the courses held?
Changing Lanes is held across the state at various locations close to transport. Contact your local Positive Directions team for more details.