Public Speaking Courses

Get Over Your Fear Of Public Speaking

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



Tuesday 11th May-Tuesday 29th June2021, once a week for 8 consecutive weeks

Thursday 13th May-Thursday July 1st 2021, once a week for 8 consecutive weeks

Courses are run throughout the year and more dates will be added shortly.

Weekend 2 day intensive courses also available.

Medicare and private health fund  rebates apply

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 of public speaking 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. 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 minimized the need to engage in public speaking. You might be self-medicating your anxiety with alcohol or drugs just to get through the situation.

Public Speaking Courses Melbourne

Catherine will meet with you one on one prior to the course to overcome fear of public speaking commencing to ensure that group treatment is appropriate for you at this point in time. There is a separate fee for the individual session of $190 (Medicare rebate available of $128.40 so out of pocket only $61.60) Some people may require individual therapy prior to doing a group to overcome public speaking fear. Fortunately, Catherine conducts 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 phobia 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 representing 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
  • Speak loudly
  • Speak clearly
  • Make eye contact with the audience
  • Engage competently

Many of our participants go on to do course to overcome a fear of public speaking 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.

2021 Schedule for public speaking courses

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

Groups are not held on public holidays.


Tuesday 11th May-Tuesday 29th June 2021, once a week for 8 consecutive weeks

Thursday 13th May -Thursday July 1st 2021, once a week for 8 consecutive weeks

Weekend 2 day intensive courses also available,

Intensive course Schedule

 Weekend 2 day workshop will be run dates to be announced

Medicare rebates apply


Group Sessions are held at:

3/49 Burke Road Hawthorn East


$720 for 8x 2hr &30 minute sessions, so you get 20 hours for $720.

Concession price of $500 available for commonwealth concession card holders. After Medicare rebate the cost costs only $240 approx

Medicare rebates may apply ( $720 – Medicare rebates totalling $260.80 = out of pocket expense of $460 approx)


Medicare rebate Information

In order to get the Medicare rebate you need to ask your doctor if you can have a mental health care plan . Then you must ensure you get a separate referral letter stating 6 individual and/or group sessions. The number and type of sessions must be specified on the referral letter in order for you to get the Medicare rebate.


Phone  0429 88 3671 for further information

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