Perth Clinic offers a range of services for people experiencing mental health problems.
In times of crisis, acute inpatient treatment may be required. Many people may opt for day therapy. For people who may not require an inpatient admission, day therapy programs offer a suitable alternative.
An overview of our programs can be viewed at Youtube
Focus on recovery
Perth Clinic continues to strive to empower people working towards recovery. Mental health is an ongoing process. People have vastly differing life experiences which also effects recovery.
We all have different experiences with mental health recovery itself. The process unfolds as you progress with your recovery plan. Following a full assessment, your doctor will discuss what therapy groups might be most appropriate. It is important to be an active participant in all treatment and recovery decisions. It is sometimes difficult to take ownership of these decisions when feeling vulnerable, although as your mental health improves, gaining a sense of control can be quite empowering.
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.
In some instances however, sharing stories is less appropriate and not always helpful. Establishing boundaries can also be a recovery goal. Deciding which groups to attend is a decision you can make in conversation with your treating psychiatrist.
Inpatient Group Options Include:
- DBT Primer (1 week intensive)
- Purple (general mental health and mood management recovery skills)
- Green (interpersonal focus)
- Turquoise (addictions)
- Gold (adolescent focus)
- Red (creative engagement)
- Stress management
- Art therapy
Day Patient Programs
Perth Clinic offers a wide range of day patient program options. These include:
A specific referral is required for each discreet service. Some services are not accessible all on the same day. For example, it is not possible to attend group and individual appointments on the same day.
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 little or no 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 doctor will advise if this treatment is suitable for you.
For more information view ECT info sheet and Youtube
Repetitive Transmagnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive medical procedure for the treatment of depression in adults, now an approved treatment for depression in Australia and overseas. TMS is a mild form of brain stimulation using a magnetic field. TMS has been extensively studied for at least 15 years, with a large number of clinical trials establishing that it is an effective treatment for patients with depression.
Patients who haven’t fully responded to antidepressants or psychotherapy may benefit from TMS. The effectiveness of TMS is well established, with response rates being between 40 and 50%, similar to the response rate to antidepressants in patients with treatment-resistant depression.
A typical TMS course consists of 5 – 7 treatments per week over a three to four week period, for an average of twenty (20) treatments in total. TMS does not require an anaesthetic and is usually well tolerated with no cognitive side effects.
At Perth Clinic TMS therapy can be attended as an inpatient or day patient depending on the needs of the patient. Your doctor will advise if this treatment is suitable for you.
For more information view RTMS info sheet and Youtube
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 practitioner to access any of our treatment services.