Focused Mind

Phone-based treatment for people experiencing mild to moderate depression, anxiety or stress.

Need help to manage your depression, anxiety or stress?

Focused Mind is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which is a practical, evidence-based treatment recommended for people experiencing mild to moderate depression, anxiety or stress.

The program is goal-focused, short in duration and provided over the phone.

Our skilled Mental Health Practitioners will work with you to set goals and develop new strategies to manage your depression, anxiety or stress. They’ll also provide you with access to resources to record your progress and use in the future.

What do we offer?

  • Short term, goal-focused treatment

    Set goals and learn new strategies to manage your depression or anxiety

  • Phone-based appointments

    Appointments are 30 minutes in duration, making it easier to
    access during work or study

  • Specifically trained Mental Health Practitioners

    Specialised in delivering this type of treatment

  • No cost

    Mental health services are free at Sonder

Accessing this service

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Live in the council areas of Playford, Salisbury, Tea Tree Gully, Port Adelaide Enfield, Charles Sturt, Gawler or Barossa;
  • Be experiencing mild-moderate depression,anxiety or stress and;
  • Be seeking practical treatment to manageyour symptoms.

Who are the staff?

Focused Mind staff are Mental Health Practitioners who are specifically trained in delivery in this type of treatment.

Our staff will ensure you receive the most appropriate service to meet your needs.

How do I access the service?

Access to Focused Mind is dependent on your location.

If you are located within the Northern or Western Region of Adelaide, you can visit your GP and request a Mental Health Treatment Plan or you can self-refer.

To self-refer, download a referral form and send the completed form via email or fax to (08) 8252 9433

If you are located within the Gawler/Barossa region, you’ll need to visit your GP and request a Mental Health Treatment Plan.

To find out how to get a Mental Health Treatment Plan, check out our webpage:

Getting a Mental Health Treatment Plan


Frequently Asked Questions

Information for GPs

To refer a patient to this service, please complete a Mental Health Treatment Plan and fax to the Central Referral Unit on 1300 580 249. If your patient is located in Gawler/Barossa, you can fax directly to us at Sonder.

Due to program restrictions, Sonder clinicians are not able to provide medicolegal reports or assessments.

Mental Health Treatment Plan

Our comprehensive mental health service

Sonder provides a wide variety of mental health services for people with all types of support needs.

Following a comprehensive assessment, our team work in partnership to connect people with the right service.

Clients can access appropriate mental health care aligned to their individual needs and can easily move between programs to suit their changing support needs.

Sonder is focused on integration with the broader health care system. Where necessary, we support clients to refer to services outside of Sonder to ensure their needs are fully met.

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Sonder Receptionist welcoming Client

For Mental Health Emergencies Call 000

If you, or someone you are with, are hurt or need immediate support, please call 000.

Mental Health Emergencies

This service is supported by funding from the Adelaide and Country SA Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.