Group Based Therapy

We provide mental health services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our accredited programs are individually tailored and can be offered on an inpatient or day program basis. 

Our services are provided by a multi-disciplinary treatment and support team which includes: 

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • General Practitioners (GPs) 
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Social Worker
  • Discharge planner
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Dieticians 
  • Music Therapists
     

Inpatient Programs

Individual and group therapy

Therapy is a broad term which covers lots of different disciplines and modalities. Generally, it is either individual 1:1 therapy with a mental health worker, or a group therapy facilitated by a therapist.

Therapy is an intentional activity where you spend time exploring aspects of your life with a trusted other (or others), looking for insights, solutions and shifts in perspective. It can help in many ways, including:

  • Identify and change negative patterns and beliefs
  • Allow you to feel emotions which may have been held in for a long time
  • Provide a safe and confidential space to unburden thoughts and feelings
  • Help you feel validated, understood and heard
  • Heal attachment trauma through forming positive relationships
  • Motivate you to change or improve circumstances


Which therapy is right for you?
As we are different, it’s hard to recommend one therapy style over another, however research has made clear the utmost importance of trusting relationships in therapy.

Our General Inpatient Programs provide inpatients with comprehensive therapeutic services aimed at supporting recovery and health through the delivery of sessions that address:

  • Psycho-education and recovery skills
  • Social and communication skills
  • Personal development and life skills
  • Healthy lifestyle education and activities
  • Creates and recreates therapy
  • Community info and life skills


Outpatient Programs

Available to adults diagnosed with mental illness, our specialised Day Programs provide recovery-focused services to educate patients about mental illness, and develop the strengths and skills needed to manage them.

These Day Programs are designed to fit into your everyday life, with many of the programs available during the evenings to minimise disruption to your daily activities, and can be suitable at various stages of your care journey including:

  • To compliment the treatment you are receiving from your GP, psychologist or psychiatrist
  • Following discharge from an inpatient treatment.
  • The programs are facilitated by qualified multidisciplinary mental health professions including psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, nurses, psychiatrists and exercise psychologists.

Our Day Programs assist patients with:

  • Information, skills and support to enhance mental health recovery
  • The transition period immediately prior to or following an inpatient admission
  • Clinical pathways and strategies to support recovery, enhance functioning and facilitate personal growth to minimise admission/readmission and illness relapse

Day Programs

Access to Outpatient Day Programs is available via referral. Your GP, psychiatrist, psychologist or counsellor will be able to assist you in obtaining a referral to a private specialist who is accredited at the hospital and who can organise your enrolment into a program. GP referrals can be sent to Pine Rivers via FAX, Email or through Medical Objects.

These programs are aimed at promoting recovery within a community setting and include:

This program is suitable for adults with a range of mental health concerns.

Content:
Participants will take part in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in a group setting, in which they will be assisted in:

  • Developing Mindfulness Skills, that is, learning to focus one’s attention on the present moment without judgment.
  • Developing a sense of acceptance of one’s experience, including emotions, thoughts, urges, self and external experience.
  • Enhancing psychological flexibility through learning cognitive defusion techniques to alter the way in which one relates to their thoughts, thereby reducing the impact of unhelpful cognitive processes.
  • Identifying personal values and connecting with what’s really important.
  • Becoming committed to behaving in a way that is aligned with one’s values, in order to live a full, rich and meaningful life.

When:


The program runs for 12 weeks on Tuesdays 9:00 - 2:45pm.

Attendance is required one day per week.

The program is a closed group, with intake occurring four times per year.

Who:

This program is suitable for adults with a range of mental health concerns who have completed the ACT Day Program.

Content:

Within a group setting, participants will:

  • Consolidate understanding and application of ACT principles in order to live a deeper, richer and more meaningful life.
  • Participate in a range of mindfulness experiential exercises to assist in further development of both formal and informal mindfulness practice.
  • Continue to identify and align with values and uncover deeper values.
  • Identify and address barriers to change.
  • Develop an understanding of ‘workability’; identifying principles that are individually relevant and explore personalised application of new insights and skills.
  • Further enhance self-awareness.
  • Develop an understanding of neuroplasticity.

When:

The program runs for 12 weeks on Thursdays from 9:00am – 2:45pm.

The program is an open group, accordingly patients can commence at any time within the 12 week cycle, numbers permitting.

The program is suitable for individuals working toward, or maintaining, abstinence from addictive behaviours.

Content: The program draws from a variety of approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance& Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology.


The group program aims to:

  • Provide peer and professional support to maintain sobriety and recovery.
  • Enhance understanding of the dependency syndrome and recovery process.
  • Develop adaptive coping skills to manage the physical, psychological and social difficulties specific to addiction.
  • Equip participants with adaptive skills to achieve a meaningful and enjoyable recovery.

When:

The program runs for 12 weeks on Thursdays, 9:00am - 2:45pm.

The program is an open group,accordingly patients can commence at any time within the 12 week cycle, numbers permitting.

Who:
This program is suitable for adults experiencing longstanding and chronic emotional difficulties. The program is relevant for adults experiencing traits of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or with a diagnosis of BPD.


Content:
The DBT Foundations program provides the foundation for the DBT Skills Training Day Program. DBT is a well established treatment designed to stabilise a range of symptoms, such as difficulty managing emotions, relationship difficulties and high levels of distress.



Within a group setting, the Foundations program explores:

  • ‘What is DBT?’, including the different components of skills training.
  • The biosocial theory of emotional vulnerability.
  • Symptoms of BPD.
  • Debunking myths re: BPD.
  • Cycle of Change and Goal Setting.
  • Adaptive Problem Solving techniques.
  • Ways to effectively address barriers to therapy.
When:
The program runs for 5 weeks on Tuesdays from 9:00am – 2:45pm. Attendance is required weekly. The program is a closed group, with intake occurring three times per year. Participation is a pre-requisite for entry into the 12 month DBT Skills and Training Program.


Participation is a pre-requisite for entry into the 12 month DBT Skills Training Program.

Who:
This program is suitable for adults experiencing longstanding and chronic emotional difficulties. The program is relevant for adults experiencing traits of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or with a diagnosis of BPD, whom have completed the DBT Foundations Program.



Content:
DBT is a well-established treatment designed to address a range of concerns, such as difficulty managing emotions, relationship difficulties and high levels of distress.



Within a group setting, the Skills Training program teaches:

  • Core Mindfulness Skills - Learning to control the mind, to focus attention on present moment, increase self awareness, self acceptance and reduce emotional reactivity.
  • Emotion Regulation Skills - Learning to understand, identify and manage emotions effectively.
  • Distress Tolerance Skills - Learning to effectively cope with high levels of emotional distress, without making things worse.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills - Understanding barriers to effective communication and developing appropriate communication skills to enhance relationships.
When:
The program is a 12 month DBT Skills Training program involves three 14-week modules on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00am – 2:45pm. Attendance is required weekly.



The program is a closed group, with intake occurring three times per year.

The program is suitable for individuals with a braod range of mental health concerns or addictions.

Content:

  • Diversional Therapy provides opportunities for individuals to participate in creative activities which promote:
  • Personal growth and fulfilment
  • Improved ability to manage emotions and tolerate distress
  • Enhanced self-esteem.
Additonally the Diversional Therapy Program will incorporate aspects of a range of evidence-based therapies, including Features of Positive Psychology, which promotes the importance of gratitude, engaging in pleasurable activities and contributing to others in a meaningful way.


The program will also explore a range of distress tolerance strategies such as those taught in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Activities are designed to support, challenge and enhance the psychological, social, emotional and physical well-being of individuals.

Through participation in this program, it is anticipated that individuals will be better able to focus on positives, become more grateful, use reflective tools, learn adaptive coping strategies and discover a range of self-calming techniques.


When:
The program runs weekly on runs Mondays and Thursdays 9:00am - 2:45pm.

Participants may attend as often as required. We welcome referrals to the Diversional Therapy Day Program.

A referral for all Day Programs is required from an accredited Psychiatrist to Pine Rivers Private Hospital.

This program is suitable for individuals with a broad range of mental health concerns or addiction. The open and flexible nature of the program enables participants to choose how regularly and for how long they would like to attend. LWP is general day program, designed to provide regular support, structure and learning opportunities to participants for as long as required, whether that be to support the transition from inpatient to outpatient services, whilst waiting for availability of a specialist Program, or ongoing.

The program includes:


  • Support Therapy: a space for participants to explore current concerns whilst gaining support from both facilitators and co-patients.
  • Psychoeducation regarding a wide range of mental health issues.

When:
The program runs twice weekly on Mondays and
Fridays from 9:00am – 2:45pm. Participants may attend
for as many weeks as needed.

Who:

Individuals with a psychiatric diagnosis impacting on lifestyle choices and physical health, whom are striving toward improving both physical and psychological well-being.

Program Facilitation:

The program is facilitated by our dedicated Exercise Physiologist & and Mental Health Nurse. Exercise Physiologists specialise in the delivery of education and exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases, injuries and mental health concerns. Interventions include advice & education, support, physical activity and strategies for lifestyle change.

Program Content:

Within a group setting, participants will be supported to:

  • Understand the impact of nutrition on physical and mental health.
  • Identify positive and achievable nutritional choices to improve well-being.
  • Understand the relationship between physical activity and both physical and mental health.
  • Experience the benefits of exercise in enhancing well-being.
  • Develop exercise plans to meet individual needs.
  • Address barriers to change and enhance motivation.
  • Improve self-care, health and lifestyle choices.
  • Develop mindfulness skills.
  • Reduce physical and emotional vulnerability.

Program Length and Times:

The program will run for 12 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00- 2:45pm. Attendance is required once weekly.

The program is an open group with intake occurring every five weeks.

This program offers a therapeutic group based program for adults who identify with cognitive difficulties related to Mental Health concerns (e.g. mood disorders, anxiety), such as impaired memory, focus and attentional deficits, or other executive functioning difficulties.

Content:

This program, facilitated by a Clinical Neuropsychologist, consists of a cognitive-behavioural therapeutic model developing skills of organisation, attention, and planning. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is also integrated to enhance awareness of thought and emotion, and skills to manage and regulate these components of experience. Throughout the program patients will:

  • Enhance understanding of factors causing and maintaining cognitive difficulties.
  • Develop a broad range of time management techniques.
  • Understand the impact of mood on efficiency.
  • Identify unhelpful thought patterns and learn techniques to manage those effectively (cognitive restructuring or defusion)
  • Improve motivation.
  • Create adaptive reward systems.
  • Develop organisational skills.
  • Create and implement a personal project.
  • Improve social cognition and communication skills.
  • Plan for future growth.

When:

The program runs for 12 weeks on Mondays from 9:00am – 12:15pm. Attendance is required one day per week. The program is a closed group, with intake occurring two times per year.

The program is suitable for adults with Mood or Anxiety Disorders.

Content:
In a group setting, participants will predominantly explore the concepts of Positive Psychology, an approach that supports individuals to improve well-being and flourish. Core features of Positive Psychology include:

  • Positive Emotion: Exploring ways to create and enhance positive experience.
  • Engagement: Connecting with and being absorbed by the task at hand utilising strengths.
  • Relationships: Building and nurturing positive relationships.
  • Meaning: Belonging to and serving something bigger than the self.
  • Accomplishment: Achieving in life.

When:

The program runs for 12 weeks on each Monday 9:00am - 2:45pm. Attendance is required one day per week.


The program is an open group, accordingly patients can commence at any time within the 12 week cycle, numbers permitting.

Schema Therapy for Depression: Rewriting Your Story

This program is suited to individuals diagnosed with Depressive Disorders, such as Major Depression or Persistent Depression.

Content:

Schema Therapy is a well-established evidence –based treatment for Depression. Whilst predominantly Schema Therapy based, the program also draws from Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy techniques to ensure a comprehensive approach.

In a group therapy setting, patients will:

  • Develop an understanding of Depressive Disorders.
  • Identify lifestyle factors that may contribute to the development and maintenance of depressive symptoms.
  • Address lifestyle factors to reduce vulnerability.
  • Understand how to apply behavioral activation to reduce negative experience and increase positive experience and emotion.
  • Identify unhelpful thinking styles, and develop strategies to reduce distress associated with unhelpful thoughts.
  • Develop Mindfulness skills; be more present, let go of rumination or worrying.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of maladaptive schemas, identifying those relevant to personal experience and they impact on own thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
  • Learn to combat and replace maladaptive thoughts and coping modes.
  • Develop self-compassion and build a ‘healthy self’.
  • Develop relaxation and self-soothing skills.

Program Length and Times:

The program runs for 12 weeks on Wednesdays from 9:00am – 2:45pm.

Attendance is required once weekly.

The program is a closed group with intake occurring four times per year.

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Who is the Program for?

Individuals who have experienced past or recent trauma/s.

Program Content:

The program is derived from a range of evidence-based therapies, in particular Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness practices. Given the group therapy format, exposure therapy is not incorporated. Instead, the focus is on the development of adaptive coping strategies to enhance ability to effectively manage the impact of trauma.

Within a group setting, participants will be supported to:

  • Understand trauma & the impact of trauma on body, mind & social functioning.
  • Understand safety & identify ways in which to create it.
  • Enhance self-care & reduce emotional vulnerability.
  • Develop adaptive behavioural coping skills to manage the symptoms of trauma, including:
    • Emotion Regulation Skills., including relaxation skills
    • Self-Soothing Strategies, including grounding and Mindfulness.
  • Understand the link between thoughts, feelings and behavior, and learn strategies to manage unhelpful thoughts and maladaptive core beliefs.
  • Address avoidance behaviours.
  • Develop skills to manage flashbacks, memories and dreams.
  • Develop self compassion.
  • Create safe boundaries and assertion skills.
  • Manage shame, guilt and loss.
  • Attain post-traumatic growth.

When

The program runs for 12 weeks on Fridays from 9:00am-2:45pm. The program is a closed group with intake occuring four times per year.


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