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Learn how to manage your anxiety and depression

A 6-week group therapy course led by Zrinka Ivkovic for the LGBTQIA+ community. Improve your mental health with mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy.

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About the therapist

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Zrinka Ivkovic

Zrinka is Kalda’s psychotherapist/counsellor and mindfulness coach. Zrinka has over 16 years experience helping clients work through current challenges and healing past events/relationships. Mood disorders, relationship difficulties, life transitions and healing after trauma are just a few of the issues she’s helped people work through. Though trained psychodynamically, she also incorporates a mindfulness approach into much of the work she does. Zrinka also received training in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy).

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Is it for me?

This course is for anyone in the LGBTQIA+ community who wants to learn more about managing anxiety and depression. You might be:

You might have tried things to remedy the situation but still be at a loss. If you’re interested in the course, but need to know more, please book a call with one of our team:

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Course plan

Week 1: Welcome

This first session is about welcoming you into the space. We'll give you an introduction to mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy. You’ll meet the rest of the group and the therapist and set your intentions for the course.

Week 2: Critical voice, depression and anxiety

Have you struggled with anxiety or depression? Have you had thoughts that you felt unable to control? The therapist will explain more about that and give you some exercises and different ways to managing difficult thoughts.

Week 3: Self esteem and identity

This session is all about improving your sense of self esteem. We’ll talk about identity, and what it means to us. As LGBTQIA+ people, we experience stigma about elements of our identity, this is a supportive space to explore that.

Week 4: Relationships

Learning how to have healthy relationships: romantic, friends, colleagues is so important. In this session we’ll explore healthy boundaries, and what relationships mean to us.

Week 5: Letting go, responding with compassion, kindness

Together let’s explore how you can let go of difficult thoughts and feelings in your life. You’ll learn mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to help you.

Week 6: How to take forward

Now you have a tool box of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy exercises. This session is about understanding how to use them in the future.

The theraputic approach

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve mental health. CBT focuses on challenging and changing cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.


Mindfulness meditation involves sitting silently and paying attention to thoughts, sounds, the sensations of breathing or parts of the body, bringing your attention back whenever the mind starts to wander.

Explore our science in detail

The Kalda model is built on evidence, and developed with LGBTQIA+ therapists. We empower you through mindfulness techniques and cognitive behavioural therapy. Most of all, we give you space to share and give support with the LGBTQIA+ community.

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Through daily reflection questions Kaldan’s are encouraged to reflect and journal. These techniques are proven to build resilience..

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During our group sessions Kaldan’s have an opportunity to learn the latest cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness techniques.

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Kalda is built on peer support: people have the opportunity to share within group sessions and within the Kalda community.

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Helping others

Through sharing and listening to others Kaldan’s support other’s in their own community.

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