New Farm Clinic
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Group Therapy Programs


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a well-researched psycho-educational approach for the management of many mental health problems, particularly anxiety and depression. Individuals are taught the relationship between feelings, thoughts and behaviours, in a structured 10-week program. Proven treatment strategies are taught to assist individuals to challenge self-defeating thoughts and patterns of behaviour.

Evening Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Aiming to deliver a 'tool box' of flexible self-help skills, the program is tailored for individuals with (1) Work and/ or family commitments, (2) Mild to moderate symptoms of Depression and/ or Anxiety and/ or (3) Requiring early intervention for emerging symptoms of depression or anxiety in the context of stress, adjustment or situational circumstances.

Life Skills

Life Skills is a holistic, flexible and supportive group therapy option. The focus is on enhancing wellbeing, maintaining recovery, and addressing underlying difficulties. Peer support is an important part of this group process. Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) based skills are included on the Monday and Wednesday group while Fridays focus more on creative expression. Participants can attend 1 -3 days a week depending on the level of support and structure that is required.


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Based (DBT) (Both evening and day group options)

This is a DBT based program which requires a minimum 6 month commitment. A longer term program for individuals who have difficulty with regulating their emotions, tolerating distress and managing interpersonal difficulties. Often individuals who enter this program have experienced problems in initiating/maintaining healthy personal and therapeutic relationships. This is can be accompanied by risk taking behaviour, impulsivity and self-harm. DBT aims to assist individuals to reduce long-term unhelpful behavioural patterns. This is achieved by teaching skills needed to tolerate distress, reduce impulsivity and improve relationships. One on one sessions are included as part of the program to provide additional support and work on crisis planning when needed. The DBT program occurs in conjunction with program commitments and agreements as per the DBT team's guidelines.

Adolescent Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Based Program

This program has been developed to provide prevention and early intervention for adolescents struggling with emotional dysregulation, interpersonal problems, and self-harm. It consists of a modified Dialectical Behaviour Group Therapy which teaches skills from both psycho-educational perspective and practical application. This includes the four core skills of DBT; Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance.

18-25 Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Based (DBT)

This is a DBT based program which requires a minimum 6 month commitment. An Early Intervention Program for Young Adults aged 18- 25 with problems around self-harm, interpersonal relationships, self-image and impulsive behaviour. If left untreated, these problems may become entrenched more difficult to treat and continue through adulthood, affecting the young person's sense of who they are and causing disruption to relationships. This group aims to break these cycles by providing structured and youth friendly sessions that help young people to develop skills to improve their life. One on one sessions are included as part of the program to provide additional support and work on crisis planning when needed. The DBT program occurs in conjunction with program commitments and agreements as per the DBT team's guidelines.

Advanced Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

This program is for patients who have attended the DBT Day Program for a substantial period and have gained a degree of stability. The Advanced DBT Based Group Therapy aims to provide a setting which encourages independent functioning and the strengthening of capacities. Participants in this three hour per week program will be able to engage in work or study or fulfil family responsibilities while attending, and will be able to bring their experiences in these arenas to discuss in group therapy.

Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Based (Intro to DBT)

Intro to DBT has been developed based on the principles of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Mentalization-Based Therapy. This program is designed to assist participants with increasing tolerance for being in group therapy, and prepare participants for more intensive work in DBT group programs by introducing participants to the concept and relevance of DBT skills. The therapist will develop an individually-tailored treatment plan with each participant which provides focus and direction as each participant transitions to DBT based day programs.

Eating Disorders

Mind and Body Therapy for binge-eating difficulties

There is growing evidence that emotional difficulties are frequent precursor to binge-eating and that binge-eating and other types of eating pathology behaviours may provide a means of regulating emotions. This 20-week group therapy program does not focus directly on controlling or changing eating behaviours. Rather, the program aims to understand the individual and their emotions that underlie the pattern of bingeing.

Anorexia Nervosa Day Program

Following an individual assessment, the group program assists in exploring a range of different eating behaviours in relationship to underlying issues while facilitating weight gain in a supportive environment. A variety of treatment methods are employed to optimise treatment outcomes including nutritional education, exposure to food through practical eating exercises and identifying emotional triggers to maladaptive eating behaviours.


Social Development Group

Suited to individuals who need support and therapeutic input to achieve and maintain stability with their illness. Social Development group focuses on addressing the social, physical and cognitive impact of symptoms and is suitable for people with longer-term symptoms, memory or cognitive difficulties or recent psychosis.

Referral Process

To attend any of the programs offered at New Farm Clinic, it is necessary to be under the care of a Credentialed Psychiatrist with admitting privileges to the hospital.

The contact number for our Day Patient Program Coordinator is (07) 3254 9120.

Revised 18th May 2015