Overcome Fear of Public Speaking Courses in Melbourne, Victoria

Public speaking 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.


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. 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.


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 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
  • Speak loudly
  • Speak clearly
  • Make eye contact with the audience
  • Engage competently


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.


2016 Schedule for public speaking courses

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

Groups are not held on public holidays.

  • Thursday 2nd of February to Thursday 23rd of March 2017
  • Tuesday 7th of February – Tuesday 28th of March 2017
  • Tuesday 4th April 2017 to Tuesday 23th May 2017
  • Thursday 30th March 2017 to Thursday 18th May 2017
  • Tuesday 30th May 2017 to Tuesday 18th July 2017
  • Thursday 25th May 2017 to Thursday 20th July 2017

Intensive course Schedual




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.