Day programs

Our day programs are available to anybody who is looking for a little extra support in their recovery journey in mental health or addictions. If you would like to access one of our Day Programs, ask your GP or specialist for a referral and email it to TSCadmissions@healthscope.com.au, or call us on 02 9389 8888.

Your physician can also send us your referral HERE.

The Sydney Clinic Day Programs are evidence-based upon the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and are designed to help people understand the nature of their specific diagnoses and develop effective recovery strategies. Day groups run Monday through to Friday, with some groups available during the day and during the evening.

Click HERE to view more detailed information on The Sydney Clinic Day Programs.

Virtual day programs. Real help in real time.

In reality, sometimes on-site attendance at day programs is just not practical. You may live too far away from the clinic, have dependents or caregiving responsibilities that prevent you from leaving home, or are simply unable to attend for work or health reasons.

We can help. The following virtual day programs offer timely access to a range of treatments, from the convenience of home, work or wherever you may be. The programs are conducted just like telehealth, using the live-streaming ZOOM platform.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Building resilience
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Addictions Program
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

For more information on how to access our day programs via telehealth, please contact our Admissions team on 02 9389 8888.

List of day programs:

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

This program explores the roles of ‘acceptance’ and ‘commitment’ in day-to-day life, and how they can help in your recovery journey.

Can this program help me?

This program is designed for individuals seeking assistance in their recovery journey to mental wellness.

It helps us to:

  • Accept what we cannot change, such as past experiences and trauma.
  • Live in the moment and develop skills in mindfulness (the skill of being aware of what is in the present).
  • Strengthen our values and have confidence in them.
  • Identify thoughts which are harmful to us, and manage them,
  • Keep us well, and on our journey to recovery.

Can this program help me?

At The Sydney Clinic, we know that recovery from addiction does not end on discharge from our inpatient program. For most this is just the beginning, and some of the real challenges can arise when returning to life outside the clinic.

This Day Program is for individuals who would like to be part of a supportive and non-judgemental community of people on their recovery journey from alcohol and other drug addiction.

How is it structured?

This program is delivered in 3 stages.

  1. The opportunity to share your experience with our therapist and other members of our community in a safe environment.
  2. Developing skills in practicing relaxation techniques
  3. Interactive education on the biological and neurological processes of addictions, and therapeutic techniques you can use to work with your body to overcome addictive behaviours.

This program will help you to:

  • Identify impulsive behaviours and urges which are not helpful to your recovery.
  • Develop skill in managing addiction in situations which are triggering or difficult.
  • Continue your recovery journey while managing other life commitments
  • Help you to prevent relapse, or to help you back on your recovery journey if you need a little extra help.

Can this program help me?

This program is for individuals who experience anxiety which affects other activities in their daily lives. While many people have mild feelings of social anxiety – in the form of natural shyness – chronic social anxiety can affect a person’s quality of life sometimes leading to other emotional and mental health concerns.

How Does It Work?

This group uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), an evidence-based talking therapy which helps you to become more aware of negative or unhelpful thought processes, so you can develop new ways of managing these thoughts, particularly in more challenging situations. This includes:

  • Becoming aware of how your body responds to anxiety and managing the symptoms you experience.
  • Developing skills in identifying and combating unhelpful thought patterns which may cause anxiety.
  • Practicing managing situations which may cause anxiety in a safe environment.
  • Develop skills in mindfulness.
  • Continuation of your recovery journey with the support of others who understand, and experience similar challenges.

Can this program help me?

This program is for individuals who experience difficulties in mental health and addictions. This program helps to develop skills in stressful and anxiety provoking situations.

This group uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), an evidence-based talking therapy which helps you to become more aware of negative or unhelpful thought processes, so you can develop new ways of managing these thoughts, particularly in more challenging situations.

How Does It Work?

This Building Resilience program helps by:

  • Becoming aware of how your body responds to anxiety and managing the symptoms you experience.
  • Building on skills in activities of daily living
  • Developing skills and techniques to improve the quality of sleep.
  • Developing skills to combat worry.
  • Learning skills in managing unhelpful thought processes.
  • Learning how to be more assertive
  • Managing perfectionism and learning how to accept the imperfect.
  • Identifying and working to your unique strengths.
  • Continuation of your recovery journey with the support of others who understand, and experience similar challenges.

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.


* only available for 12 month Day Outpatient DBT Program

Can this program help me?

The Mood Support Program is designed for individuals who experience symptoms including depression and/or anxiety. It is an open group (which means you can join any time!) allowing our clients to access support when it is needed.

How is the program structured?

The Mood Support Day Program can help by:

  • Providing ongoing emotional support.
  • Help to build on skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Develop skills in managing symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Helping with your transition back home after being in hospital
  • Staying connected with a helpful and supportive community
  • Continuation of your recovery journey with the support of others who understand, and experience similar challenges.

Can this program help me?

This program is for people in a relationship who are seeking support in facing challenges in recovery from addiction.

How is the program structured?

The Relationships in Recovery program can help by:

  • Helping to prevent relapse and build trust.
  • Identifying aspects of your relationship that might not be helpful to recovery and working through these challenges.
  • Build skills in reconnecting with other people, friends, and family.
  • Maintain strong skills in valuing relationships and nurturing the emotional and psychological wellbeing of those in the relationship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please arrive at The Sydney Clinic reception 15 minutes before the Day Program starts. One of our friendly administration officers will assist you with registration and any paperwork which needs to be completed.

Please take the time to read your Day Program agreement, a copy will be given to you to sign on your first day of the program.

If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to speak to your group facilitator.

Please remember that a requirement of your attendance at The Sydney Clinic is that you regularly see one of our accredited Psychiatrists (usually every six to eight weeks).

This is an important part of your ongoing and continual care.

If you are interested in joining one of the other day programs offered by The Sydney Clinic, please contact our Admissions team on 02 9389 8888.

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