Information for ReferrersAt The Day Clinic we are a team of psychiatrists, psychologists and allied therapists who specialise in working with patients’ long standing and treatment resistant psychological and psychiatric difficulties.
Information for Referrers
We offer a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) informed approach to address a wide range of psychiatric presentations including Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, and Personality Disorders.
The DBT approach prioritises the reduction of behaviours that interfere with receiving and benefiting from treatment. The focus is on reducing suicidal, self harming and impulsive behaviours that maintain and exacerbate patients’ illness cycles.
DBT offers patients a meaningful understanding of their difficulties integrating emotion and thought (affect dysregulation). In times of stress, patients find themselves either swamped by overwhelming and unbearable emotions that result in impulsive and destructive actions (Emotional Mind), or alternatively apparently out of touch with that highly emotional state (Rational Mind).
The level of distress that patients present may require a greater level of intervention and containment that can be offered by out-patient care. In some situations, admission to inpatient care immediately suspends the current crisis to the great relief of all. However this removal from the real demands that the patient faces in ordinary life limits his/her ability to address these difficulties while in hospital. As a result, difficulties may return relatively soon post-discharge as patients return to their ordinary lives with limited access to ongoing skills based interventions.
Ongoing intensive support
We provide an intensive treatment in a day care facility, which focuses on moderating intense mood / mood swings, reduces impulsive behaviour, improves relationship skills, and modifies feelings of chronic emptiness/suicidality.
Patients entering our programme remain under the care of all existing mental health professionals with close liaison and effective multi-disciplinary case management.