The Southport Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Mental Health Inpatient Programs

The Mental Health Inpatient recovery program is an open group program providing evidence based therapy for inpatients of The Southport Private Hospital. The program aims to equip patients with knowledge and skills to cope better with the emotional and psychological difficulties that have led to their admissions.

Our team of highly qualified mental health practitioners are able to assist patients experiencing difficulties with the following symptoms or diagnoses:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Alcohol / drug dependency
  • Low self-esteem
  • Impaired relationship or communication skills
  • Intent to suicide
  • Grief / loss.
  • Isolation
  • Diminished level of functioning.

Patients are assessed for inclusion in the program by the treating psychiatrist and the intake officer. A group compendium is provided which contains a description of the groups that occur in the program, educational information and handouts related to the group sessions. The psychologist and/or nursing staff will provide patients with an orientation to the facility and the recovery program.

Group Therapy

Group therapy programs using evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Diversional Therapy are available daily and patients are encouraged to participate in order to facilitate their recovery.

What is CBT?
CBT is a therapy designed to improve your mood using two different strategies – changing your thinking, and changing your behaviour. It will involve assisting you to more effectively identify your thoughts and your thought patterns, and to try and change them by considering alternative and more helpful ways of thinking. It also involves taking steps to follow through on the thinking by taking steps to change your behaviour.

What is ACT?
ACT is a therapy that focuses on assisting individuals to accept reality as it is and to commit to change. ACT involves letting go of what you should or should not do, and instead identifying what your true values are and what really gives you meaning, enabling you to live based on those values and truths instead.

What is DBT?
DBT is a therapy designed to help people balance their emotions. It covers four topics:

  1. Distress tolerance (skills to help manage very strong emotions or a crisis situation)
  2. Mindfulness (skills to help you stay in the present moment and accept reality)
  3. Emotion regulation (skills to help you balance emotions)
  4. Interpersonal Effectiveness (communication and relationship skills)

What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a therapy that involves approaching the world in a different way. It involves trying to move away from judging things as right or wrong and instead trying to focus on accepting the world as it is and making it work for you. It also involves trying to live life in the present moment instead of living on autopilot.

What is Diversional Therapy?
Diversional therapy is a very different style of therapy to the other therapies offered at The Southport Private Hospital. Diversional therapy includes any structured activity such as group walks, mandalas (intricate patterns designed for colouring in), trivia, watching movies, going for coffee, and arts and crafts. Rather than tackling issues head on, diversional therapy is about taking a step back from problems by engaging in a distracting, positive activity. Many people find that their life often lacks structured activity, and sometimes by stepping away from problems we can come back to them later with a fresh perspective.