The Southport Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Outpatient Day Program Clinic

Day programs will be available at the The Southport Private Hospital Outpatient clinic for individuals attempting to recover from, or better manage, their mental health illness in the community in order to reduce relapse and repeat hospital admissions.

These groups will consist of a combination of psychoeducation and self-psychology models to aid patients in exploring where their difficulties/issues or ways of behaving, thinking, and feelings come from.

Programs will be conducted on a 10-week rotation timetable and will initially focus on mood and anxiety disorder and substance use. The following topics will be addressed in the groups:

  • The nature of the disorder
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Relaxation and behavioural activation
  • Self-esteem
  • Managing difficult emotions
  • Relationships and communication skills
  • Healthy living and lifestyle choices
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivation and goal setting
  • Relapse Prevention

The group programs are founded on the evidence-based therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), utilising aspects of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).

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, so that you can live based on those values and truths instead.

What is IPT?
IPT is a therapy which aims to understand how symptoms came about and how they relate to the patients current social and personal life. IPT focuses on helping you express and accept feelings, identify communication patterns and resolve conflicts.