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Day programs

Our day programs are available for patients who have recently discharged from hospital or have transitioned back into their community and require ongoing support on the road to recovery.

The program offers an environment of group therapy aimed at promoting recovery within a community setting.

Day groups run Monday through to Friday, with some groups available during the day and during the evening.

The Sydney Clinic Day Programs are based upon the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and are designed to help people understand the nature of their specific diagnoses and develop effective recovery strategies.

If you would like to arrange a place in our Day Program, you will require updated private Health Insurance and a GP referral letter.

Contact your GP or Psychiatrist for a referral letter or ask them to refer via the referral online eReferral system. Or you can also elect to fund yourself by the user pay system.

Alternatively contact our friendly receptionist on 02 9389 8888 Monday - Friday between 9am and 4pm. When you call The Sydney Clinic, you will speak to our Continuum of Care Planner who will take your details and complete a health fund eligibility check before completing a phone assessment with you.

Once this is done, our Continuum of Care Planner is able to then organise your attendance at The Sydney Clinic Day Program.

Mondays

  • Alcohol and other drugs
    • 9:15am - 3:30pm
    • Duration (ongoing)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
    • 5:15pm - 8:30pm
    • Duration (6 months)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • 5:15pm - 8:30pm
    • Duration (10 Weeks)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
    • 5:15pm - 8:30pm
    • Duration (8 Weeks)

Tuesdays

  • Building resilience
    • 9:15am - 1230pm
    • Duration (ongoing)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
    • 9:45am - 3:00pm
    • Duration (12 months)
  • Bipolar resilience building
    • 2:45pm - 6:00pm
    • Duration (8 Weeks)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Intro (DBT)
    • 5:15pm - 8:30pm
    • Duration (8 Weeks)
  • Relationship in recovery (Alcohol and other drugs)
    • 5:15pm - 8:30pm
    • Duration (Ongoing)

Wednesdays

  • Mood Group (Anxiety and depression CBT focused)
    • 9:15am - 12:30pm
    • Duration (ongoing)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Intro (DBT)
    • 9:45am - 1:00pm
    • Duration (8 weeks)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
    • 9:45am - 1:00pm
    • Duration (6 months)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
    • 5:15pm - 8:30pm
    • Duration (6 months)

Thursdays

  • Anxiety group
    • 9:15am - 12:30pm
    • Duration (ongoing)
  • Alcohol and other drugs
    • 5:15pm - 8:30pm
    • Duration (ongoing)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
    • 5:15pm - 8:30pm
    • Duration (6 months)

Fridays

  • CBT Addictions Programs
    • 10:15am - 1:30pm
    • Duration (ongoing)

List of day programs:

Please see day program descriptions below to determine which group suits your specific needs.

A valuable form of group therapy aimed at understanding the important mental health management principles of ‘Acceptance’ and ‘Commitment’ in daily life.

Who is this program designed to help?

This program is designed for adults with a range of mental health problems.

How does it help?

Participants will take part in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in a group setting. This will help them:

  • Develop acceptance of unwanted experiences
  • Develop skills of mindfulness
  • Identify and align values
  • Work toward a valued and meaningful life using a committed approach
  • Learn to implement cognitive diffusion techniques – separating yourself from your thoughts
  • Avoid relapse prevention by maintaining recovery.

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Program helps to manage all kinds of addiction, including alcohol and drug use.

Who is it designed to help?

People who are interested in maintaining, or working towards abstinence. It helps individuals who experience problems with misuse of alcohol, drugs (recreational or prescription), as well as other addictive behaviours.

How is it structured?

It uses group therapy in three stages:

  1. Support Therapy which is an opportunity to speak openly in a safe environment, to be supported by and be supportive of other group members
  2. Relaxation where a variety of relaxation techniques are taught and practiced
  3. A topic group where education and interactive group discussion takes place.

The program will help people to:

  • Cope with cravings and urges
  • Increase self-awareness and insight
  • Assess and cope with high risk situations
  • Make and maintain lifestyle changes
  • Prevent and manage relapse behaviour.

Who is this program designed to help?

People for whom social anxiety has been diagnosed as a major mental health problem.

While most people have mild feelings of social anxiety – in the form of natural shyness – chronic social anxiety has a significant and debilitating effect on a person’s quality of life sometimes leading to other emotional and mental health issues.

How does it work?

The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program helps people manage social anxiety and begin confronting their fears.

It will help patients to find relief using a range of psychological techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective.

These include:

  • Managing physical sensations of anxiety
  • Increasing awareness of unhelpful thinking patterns with techniques to challenge and change them
  • Exposure to situations associated with social anxiety
  • Mindfulness and acceptance
  • Relapse prevention.

Who can this program help?

This valuable program helps equip people with mood and addictive disorders to manage stress and anxiety in everyday situations by developing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills.

This is important because stress can precipitate relapse into symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as being a trigger for alcohol and substance abuse.

How is it structured?

This Cognitive Behavioural Therapy program helps with both mood and addictive disorders. It equips people to manage stress and anxiety symptoms by:

  • Managing physical symptoms of stress and anxiety
  • Enhancing life management skills
  • Learning skills to improve sleep
  • Learning ways to combat worry
  • Increasing awareness of unhelpful thinking patterns, and learning techniques to challenge them
  • Adopting assertive communication skills
  • Learning ways to address perfectionism
  • Identifying strengths
  • Relapse prevention.

The Sydney Clinic’s DBT Intro eight week program allows participants to learn Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and regulation of extreme and distressing emotions (known as Emotional Regulation).

Who is this program designed to help?

People who may have patterns of suicidal thinking and behaviours, or other dysfunctional behaviours that create chaotic lives and relationships.

It also treats individuals who have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder or related traits.

The Eight Week Program

Individuals with longstanding behavioural and emotional difficulties may wish to trial the DBT skills before committing to the six or 12 month therapy program.

The group provides skills training in:

  • Core Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Emotional Regulation.

The Sydney Clinic’s DBT six Month program allows participants to learn Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and regulation of extreme and distressing emotions (known as Emotional Regulation).

Who is this program designed to help?

People who may have patterns of suicidal thinking and behaviours, or other dysfunctional behaviours that create chaotic lives and relationships.

It also treats individuals who have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder or related traits.

The six-month program teaches some of the skills of DBT to people who have problems with emotional regulation.

Less intense than the twelve-month program, it does not require phone coaching and one-on-one therapy (although this is recommended).

It will also encourage participants to use their skills to remain out of hospital so that they can build the confidence to manage their emotions in their home environment.

The Sydney Clinic’s DBT 12 Month program combines one-on-one therapy with weekly skills training where participants learn Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and regulation of extreme and distressing emotions (known as Emotional Regulation).

Who is this program designed to help?

People who may have patterns of suicidal thinking and behaviours, or other dysfunctional behaviours that create chaotic lives and relationships. It also treats individuals who have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder or related traits.


During this full program, participants will learn all four modules of DBT – the skills of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulations, and interpersonal effectiveness.

It involves weekly monitoring of symptoms, generalisation of new skills and telephone coaching. All therapists at The Sydney Clinic are trained through the intensive DBT process model.

Each week includes one day of skills training during business hours or in the evening and one session of individual therapy

Who can this program help?

The Mood Support Program is designed for individuals who experience a Mood Disorder such as depression and/or anxiety. It is an open program allowing clients to attend for support continually.

How is it structured?

This is a process-focused program designed to ensure that patients receive a wide range of expertise, knowledge and support.

The program also provides contact for those patients who experience symptoms of relapse and in many cases it can prevent re-admission.

The program provides for:

  • Ongoing emotional support
  • Review of Cognitive Behavioural strategies
  • Management of symptoms
  • Ongoing evaluation of progress
  • Transition of care
  • Social connection and maintenance of community involvement
  • Enhanced recovery and relapse prevention.

A program to support couples facing difficulties caused by substance use or abuse

Who will it help?

This program is designed to support couples with relationship difficulties in the context of an addiction

How is it structured?

This ongoing program is designed to assist couples to:

  • Develop and improve current personal relationships particularly in the context of preventing relapse of addictive behaviours and promoting trust
  • Identify difficult relationships and develop new ways to deal with these difficulties
  • Reduce social isolation
  • Maintain their interpersonal well-being alongside their relationship with others.

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