Day Programs

Ramsay Clinic Lakeside offers a number of different day programs, designed to provide patients with ongoing support and skills to help improve their overallquality and enjoyment of life.

Ramsay Clinic Lakeside’s Day Program Unit provides best practice psychiatric care and treatment in a safe, supportive and discrete environment.

To join a group, talk to your GP or psychiatrist for a referral. We accept both private and self-insured patients, as well as DVA clients.

For more information about our day programs, please contact us on 02 4941 3709.

Addiction Recovery and Harm Reduction

This program provides participants with strategies that will assist them to successfully abstain from, or control use, of alcohol and/or substances, as well as any behavioural addictions (e.g. gambling). The program provides a holistic multidisciplinary approach to treatment incorporating social, behavioural, cognitive and healthy lifestyle aspects of recovery.

Utilising the cognitive behavioural model, this program encompasses motivational interviewing, personalised goal setting, coping skills acquisition and relapse prevention. Participants will learn to understand the function of addictive behaviours in their lives. They will explore triggers to high-risk situations, and the thoughts, emotions and behaviours associated with addiction.

Anxiety Management

This program is an introductory course for participants to develop insight and practice strategies to understand and relieve symptoms of anxiety using a range of therapeutic frameworks. The anxiety management group teaches participants skills to challenge unhelpful beliefs that cause and maintain anxiety. The group also includes topics on mindfulness and relaxation, acceptance, thought challenging (defusion), communication, creating a healthy lifestyle and relapse prevention.

Mood Disorders

This program is an introductory course for participants to understand and manage depression symptoms using a range of therapeutic influences. The group teaches psychoeducation about mood disorders. The group assists with cognitive strategies to identify and challenge unhelpful negative thoughts, and behavioral strategies to counter withdrawal and hopelessness, including
activity scheduling, problem solving, mindfulness, self-care, communication, and relapse prevention.

Relapse Prevention

This program provides education, skills training, support and monitoring to help participants break the vicious cycle of depression and anxiety. The program is useful for participants who need ongoing support and therapeutic intervention and who have difficulty connecting to others due to longstanding depression or anxiety.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – CBT (Depression & Anxiety)

CBT has a focus on exploring the interaction between thoughts, feelings and behaviours and teaching strategies to help participants identify and challenge any negative self-defeating thoughts and change any self-defeating behaviours. This is a structured group with weekly homework activities.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – CBT (Bipolar Disorder)

This program is founded on evidence based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is open to anyone with a Bipolar diagnosis. The group covers psychoeducation, medication compliance, early warning signs, social rhythms, stress management, cognitive challenging and activity scheduling.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – ACT

This program teaches mindfulness based psychological skills to help participants deal with painful thoughts and feelings in such a way that they have much less impact and influence. ACT also aims to help participants clarify their values and to take committed action in a values based direction. The group is helpful for people who feel stuck and are looking to change direction in life but don’t know how.

Men’s Emotion Regulation

This program is designed to help men who experience difficulties managing distressing emotions. The program assists clients to identify destructive emotions and highlight skills and strategies to better deal with conflict and confrontation. Clients will understand how prolonged exposure to anger negatively impacts on their health and that through the use of skills such as
mindfulness, they are able to create change and improve quality of life.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD

This program provides psychoeducation about PTSD, increases understanding of the impact of PTSD on all areas of life, and teaches skills to assist in the stabilisation and management of PTSD symptoms. The program incorporates an evidence-based approach utilising cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) principles, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) principles, brain
based therapy principles and also takes a holistic approach by addressing relationship issues and barriers to change.


This program is a trauma-informed group for people with PTSD who are struggling with managing their relationships and regulating their mood. The group covers identifying and labelling different emotions, understanding ways we approach relationships, and promoting effective communication skills.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

The DBT skills training group is designed for people who have difficulty regulating their mood, balancing their relationships and tolerating emotional distress. This group is often helpful for people who have a history of difficulties in their relationships, or use unhelpful or impulsive behaviours to manage stress. The group will teach people mindfulness skills, communication skills, distraction or self-soothing/relaxation. We provide half day group, depending on individual needs.

For more information on our day programs, contact our friendly team on 02 4941 3709.

For doctors to fax patient referrals to Day Programs at Ramsay Clinic Lakeside please use the following number: 02 4941 3714