The Southport Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Mental Health Day Programs

A day program is where group therapy treatment is provided during a visit to the clinic, rather than staying overnight or for a set period of time.

Our specialised, supportive day program is suited to people who need help recovering from or dealing with mental health concerns, giving them lasting confidence in managing their mental health.

Contact our intake manager for admission information


Groups consist of psychoeducation, reflection activities, experiential learning, and group discussions.

These models help people with mental health concerns in exploring where their difficulties, issues or ways of behaving, thinking or feelings may come from.

We currently offer two programs including a 12-week timetable focusing on managing anxiety disorders and a 10-week timetable focusing on managing mood disorders.

The following topics are covered in 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

Types of therapy

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

CBT is designed to improve your mood using two different strategies – changing your thinking, and changing your behaviour. It helps you to effectively identify thoughts and 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 beginning to change your behaviour.

ACT helps people to accept reality as it is and to commit to change. ACT involves letting go of what you should or should not do. Instead, it helps you to understand what really matters to you and gives meaning to your life, so that you can live based on those values and truths instead.

IPT aims to understand how your symptoms came about and how they relate to your current social and personal life. IPT focuses on helping you express and accept feelings, identify communication patterns and resolve conflicts.

Admission enquiries

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lisa our intake manager on 07 5671 8447 or email

Managing Anxiety

Mood Disorder