Public Speaking Anxiety Workshops


Public speaking courses are commonplace in Melbourne, but only some are explicitly tailored to meet the needs of those who experience debilitating public speaking anxiety when participating in meetings and/or giving presentations.


Melbourne Clinical Psychologist, Catherine Madigan, understands that some people are more than just a little bit anxious about public speaking. You have a social phobia and therefore you might be able to get a Medicare rebate for your individual and group consultations by consulting your general practitioner to see if you are eligible for a mental health care plan.


You dread public speaking, its not just a fear. You try to avoid public speaking. You may find an excuse to be absent from school, or work or university on days when you know you will be required to present to others or participate in small groups or training days. You may have chosen your university subjects on the basis of whether presentations were required or not. You may have chosen a career path that minimised the need to engage in public speaking. You might be self medicating your anxiety with alcohol or drugs just to get through the situation.


 Overcome your fear of public speaking

Catherine will meet with you one on one prior to the overcome fear of public speaking course commencing to ensure that group treatment is appropriate for you at this point in time. Some people may require individual therapy prior to doing a group to overcome public speaking fear. Fortunately, Catherine conducts public speaking anxiety courses in Melbourne throughout the year.


The individual session is 50 minutes and will explore what factors make public speaking more or less difficult for you. We also look at how anxiety affects your ability to present, e.g. Do you blush, sweat, shake? Do have difficulty breathing, do you mumble, speak too fast, fidget, fold your arms?


Questionnaires are administered and measures are taken so we can track your progress throughout the public speaking group.

The participants in our groups experience real anxiety so when you attend one of Catherine’s overcome public speaking fear courses in Melbourne you know everyone in the program knows how stressed you feel about presentations as they are suffering too.


There are other public speaking courses in Melbourne which can also help you to become a more confident, polished presenter but this course is specifically targeted at people who experience more than average degree of anxiety re presenting to an audience. This overcome fear of public speaking course in Melbourne aims to get you to the point where you can present without having a panic attack or experiencing a debilitating degree of anxiety.


This course aims to get you to the point where you can :stand up, speak slowly, loudly, clearly, make eye contact with the audience and appear competent.

Many of our participants go onto to do other public speaking courses in Melbourne to refine their skills and build more confidence. However, many people state that they had tried other courses before doing Catherine’s and found that these other courses were not tailored to the needs of people with a debilitating phobia, and therefore were too anxiety provoking.



$650   (Concession may be available for eligible health care card holders)

Note: Private health fund rebates may apply if you have extras cover. You will need to check whether you are covered for group therapy. Medicare rebates are now available for group therapy so please consult your G.P for a Mental Health Care Plan as it may entitle you to a rebate of $253.00

Fee includes:

  • 8 x 2.5 hour group sessions


2017 Schedule

Note: Groups run over 8 weeks from 7:10 — 9.30pm

Groups are not held on public holidays.

  • Tuesdays 4th of July to Tuesday 22nd of August 2017
  • Thursdays 10th August 2017 to Thursday 28th September 2017
  • Tuesdays 12th September to Tuesday 31st October 2017
  • Thursdays 5th October 2017 to Thursday 23rd November 2017
  • Tuesdays 24th October 2017 to Tuesday 11th December 2017

There is one last group for the year starting Tuesday, November 14th. Please note this group is a combination of Tuesdays and Thursdays in order to provide 8 sessions before the end of the year

NOVEMBER 14th, 21st, 28th November &

DECEMBER 5th, 12th, 14th, 19th  & 21st December

Intensive course Schedule




Group Sessions are held at:

Hawthorn Community House 32 Henry Street, Hawthorn


Phone (03) 9819 3671 or 0429 88 3671 for further information or to register for public speaking anxiety group therapy sessions.


Note: There are no refunds for non-attendance at sessions or for people who cancel  within 5 working days of the course they booked for commencing.

Tuesday July 4th 2017-Tuesday 22nd  August 2017


Thursdays  15th June 2017-Thursday 3rd August 2017


Thursdays 10th August 2017- Thursday 28th September 2017


Tuesdays 12th September 2017-31st October 2017


Thursdays 5th October 2017- Thursday 23rd November 2017


Tuesdays 24th October 2017-11th December 2017