Focus On Recovery
Perth Clinic continues to strive to empower people working towards recovery. Maintaining mental wellbeing is an ongoing and unique process to each individual and people have vastly differing life experiences which will also affect their personal recovery.
Following a full assessment, your consultant psychiatrist will discuss with you which psychological therapy groups will be most appropriate. The recovery process unfolds as you progress through treatment.
We have identified that it is sometimes difficult to take ownership of these decisions when feeling vulnerable, therefore the multi-disciplinary clinical team will assist you, your family and supporters to navigate your way through the treatment options available. It is important that you are an active participant in all treatment and recovery decisions.
Perth Clinic offers a range of services for people experiencing mental health problems. In times of crisis, acute inpatient treatment may be required. A suitable alternative for people who do not require an inpatient admission is the day patient services.
Perth Clinic offers a comprehensive therapy program with options suitable for in-patients and day patients. Deciding which therapy programs to attend is a decision you can make in conversation with your treating clinical team.
Therapy is an important component of recovery. Many aspects of therapy involve learning skills to improve how we manage our own mental health to progress in our recovery. As an inpatient, starting to understand our own experience can be quite difficult. Reconnecting with social interactions and building relationships often takes place in group therapy, opening a space to share stories. We often learn from others and sharing experiences can be quite validating.
Therapy Programs Available:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – may be helpful for anxiety and depression, addiction issues, changing behaviour and thinking patterns, some eating disorder issues.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – may be helpful for patients experiencing personality issues, emotional dysregulation and self-harm issues, relationship problems, addiction issues.
Interpersonal Therapy – may be helpful for patients experiencing communication issues, relationship issues, grief, trauma experiences.
Mindfulness – may be helpful for patients experiencing stress, depression, quality of life issues, psychologic and emotional distress.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a highly effective treatment for depression, used in Australia and throughout the world to treat severe depression that has not responded to other treatments. For some people, other forms of treatment such as medication and counselling have limited effect on the symptoms of depression or psychosis.
This is particularly concerning where symptoms are causing severe distress and the person may even be feeling suicidal. In these cases, ECT seems to be especially helpful, over 80% of people with depression who receive ECT report an improvement.
ECT treatment is conducted for inpatients and day patients. Your consultant psychiatrist will advise if this treatment is suitable for you.
For more information view ECT info sheet or watch this short video posted on YouTube which provides further information about this treatment option.
Community Outreach Program
Perth Clinic’s Outreach Program is a community based mental health nursing service that provides short term recovery-oriented support and treatment typically following the patients’ discharge from hospital. It can also be used as an alternative to hospital admission or to reduce length and frequency of admissions. This community-based service enables our trained mental health nurses to visit patients in the community, providing targeted assessment and treatment services.
Patients must be under the care of a Perth Clinic accredited Psychiatrist to access any of our treatment services.