Psychology Clinic

Contact:        (07) 4646 3014
 

The Psychology Clinic at St Andrew’s offers outpatient day programmes to support individuals in their mental health management.  The current programmes that are offered focus on poor self-esteem and assertiveness skills, depression and anxiety.  The programmes run for one day (9am until 2.30pm) over six weeks.   

Current Groups

  • Self-Esteem and Assertiveness

The programme targets the assessment of self esteem and teaches ways to increase self esteem and self compassion.  Patients also learn assertive communication skills to increase their confidence in putting their needs forward.

  • Depression

The Depression group addresses ways to manage the symptoms of depression through increasing pleasurable activities and changing unhelpful thinking. 

  • Anxiety

This programme provides information on the “fight or flight” anxiety response in the body and explores ways to increase exposure to feared situations. 

Upcoming Groups

The Psychology Clinic will also be offering specialised groups to support people whom have a background of trauma and difficulties in managing their emotions.  

  • DBT Skills

The Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Skills group is a six month programme that will run for one day per week.  The group targets the treatment of mood and emotional difficulties, as well as interpersonal/ communication difficulties.

  • CPT

The Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) group is a cognitive-behavioural focused group for the treatment of trauma.  Please contact the Psychology Clinic for further information. 

Referral Process

Anyone can refer a patient into the outpatient day programmes (including self referral).  Prior to commencement, a staff member from St Andrew’s Psychology Clinic will discuss with the patient regarding their presenting issues to determine the most suitable group for their needs.  The patient will also require  a review by a psychiatrist prior to starting the groups.  This can be arranged by the hospital if needed.

Please contact the Psychology Clinic on (07) 4646 3014 for more information.

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) General Skills Program

About the Program

The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) General Skills Program is run by a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals from St Andrew’s Psychology Clinic. It is designed for patients following discharge from the St Andrew’s Mental Health unit, as well as people who have never had an inpatient admission who are interested in increasing their ability to manage their mental health, continue to stay well, improve their psychological resilience and quality of their life. The General Skills Program is an educational and skills development program that focuses on a specific topic each week. Topics include:

 

  • Understanding anxiety
  • Understanding depression
  • Stress management
  • Mindfulness
  • Improving self esteem
  • Healthy relationships
  • Assertive communication
  • Cognitive distortions
  • Building resilience
  • Balancing lifestyle
  • Improving sleep
  • Managing worry
  • Managing anger
  • Emotional regulation
  • Self-compassion
  • Cultivating positive emotions
  • Distress tolerance
  • Values clarification & goal setting

When

Every Tuesday from 9:00am – 12:30pm. Morning tea is provided.

How to Join

If you are not currently a patient at St Andrew’s Hospital, Toowoomba, you will need to discuss your interest in attending this program with your treating Psychiatrist who will assess your suitability and provide a referral to the program. Existing Patients will be assessed for their suitability to attend the program as part of the discharge planning process. If you are considered suitable for the program, you can commence on any Tuesday.

How much does it cost?

You will be admitted as a day patient each time you attend the General Skills Group. Please check with West Ward staff if the cost is covered by your private health fund.

Further Information

Contact West Ward on 07 4646 3014