South Coast Private Hospital offers innovative and experience based therapeutic programs to address a variety of clinical presentations. Our programs consistently achieve significant clinical improvement in patient symptoms, with patients reporting a deeper understanding of their clinical issues as well as the development of skills required to target symptoms following discharge from hospital. Our hospital in conjunction with ARAFMI Illawarra provides carers of patients in hospital the opportunity to engage in support and advocacy.
Our day programs
South Coast Private Hospital provides five day programs for day patients who have been impacted by depression or anxiety in their lives:
– Introduction to Mood and Anxiety Disorders
– Anxiety Management Masterclass
– Depression Management Masterclass
– Staying Well
– Healthy Minds
– Dealing with Distress (DBT)
All of our day programs are developed from evidence based therapies. Proven to be effective in treating anxiety and depression, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps people change unhelpful or unhealthy thinking habits,feelings and behaviours. Each day program is facilitated by one of our experienced
psychologists, who are skilled in working with each day patient individually within the group structure, assessing their needs and supporting them through their journey. Referrals to these programs are either via a GP or
Introduction to Mood and Anxiety Disorders Day Program
This introductory program for mood and anxiety disorders is a prerequisite for the Anxiety Management Masterclass and Depression Management Masterclass programs. It provides patients education about the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy model by specifically identifying how thoughts, feelings and behaviours interact to perpetuate mood and anxiety disorders. This program supports patients beginning to manage their symptoms through the practical application of techniques and skills. It prepares patients to transition into one of our advanced day programs for Anxiety Management or Depression Management.
Anxiety Management Masterclass
This six week program specifically treats anxiety disorders. Participants develop an understanding of the fear response and examine ways that anxiety affects daily life. Participants are taught how to challenge the negative thoughts that maintain their symptoms of anxiety and engage in behavioural tasks to manage problematic avoidance. Each session includes relaxation strategies designed to help participants manage the distress that occurs with anxiety.
Depression Management Masterclass Day Program
This six week program teaches management strategies designed to treat depression. Participants examine the effects of inactivity in perpetuating depression and practice behavioural activation strategies. Participants are also supported through a process of self discovery to identify their core
beliefs and challenge negative thoughts that decrease their mood. This course includes additional techniques such as relaxation strategies and problem solving techniques.
Staying Well Day Program
This program is designed for patients who are in recovery from a recent episode of depression and/or anxiety. It is designed to offer patients holistic support in their recovery, and provide them with psychoeducation, skills and strategies to manage their recovery, to flourish and stay well. The program is structured to be delivered by a multidisciplinary team and includes a weekly psychoeducation topic and relaxation with a psychologist, a one hour talk from a psychiatrist, a light exercise session with our exercise physiologist and an art therapy session with our art therapist.
Healthy Minds Day Program
This program is designed for older adults who wish to improve their mental health and enhance wellbeing. Participants focus on age related issues including maintaining a healthy mind and creating a healthy balanced lifestyle through mental and physical activities. This program involves South Coast Private Hospital’s multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists,
art therapy and exercise physiology trained healthcare professionals. This team incorporates a range of therapeutic techniques to treat the causes of depression and anxiety, as well as teaching ways to cope with the physical and mental changes that come with ageing.
Dealing with Distress (DBT)
Individuals who have intense, unstable moods, relationship difficulties, and selfharming behaviours. It is suitable for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, Complex PTSD and severe Mood or Anxiety Disorders. This semi-open group day program is designed for people who are experiencing difficulties in emotion regulation, impulsivity, frequent interpersonal conflict and poor coping in stressful situations. This program offers an introduction to Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) to develop skills of mindful awareness, distress tolerance and acceptance.