About Day Programs

Day Programs at St Helen’s Private Hospital provide an opportunity for participants to receive help for a broad range of emotional or mental health conditions. Weekly group sessions incorporate the latest evidence-based educational and therapeutic practices, in a welcoming and supportive environment. 

Our focus is helping you to take the first step, and then supporting you to develop the strategies you need to achieve your goals. Our broad range of evidence-based psycho-educational and therapeutic groups exist to help you learn and grow in your recovery. Why do we say grow? Because this journey of recovery is also a journey of your own self-growth, helping you open up more doorways to a richer life, with more life-enhancing opportunities.

Group sessions form the foundation for all psychotherapy in Day Programs. Group therapy allows you to take part in sessions aimed at building upon your strengths and capabilities, while you connect with and support other group participants. The group process is a dynamic one and the safety of the group environment enables you to practice these skills so that you can apply them later in your own context and relationships. Group sessions therefore provide a powerful catalyst for your recovery and self-growth, all paving the way for positive change.

Access to day programs

Your GP, psychiatrist, or other medical specialist can refer you to the Day Program/s recommended for you.  We will advise when your referral has been accepted by one of our Accredited Psychiatric Consultants who can then complete their referral for you to access the Day Program/s.

While registered to our Day Program/s, you will continue under the direct care of this Consultant.

What days do the programs run?

The day patient programs are held Monday to Friday, including one evening program.

Which program is suitable for me?

Please discuss this with your GP/Psychiatrist or other Medical Specialist.  St Helen’s Private Hospital have a range of Day Programs on offer. You may wish to attend more than one program.

If you are an inpatient at St Helen’s Private Hospital and are interested in attending Day Program/s, please discuss with your Consultant, Nurse or Inpatient Group Facilitator. Depending on the Day Program/s that interest you, you may be able to attend as an inpatient and/or compete your Intake for the Day Program/s prior to your discharge.

Please click on the headings below for information about the individual Day Programs.


Monday morning program,09:30am – 12:45pm

Tuesday, evening program, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Facilitated by a psychiatrist and a mental health nurse.

This group offers support to people dealing with addictive behaviours involving the abuse of alcohol and other drugs resulting in risks to health, relationships and the ability to work. The program is focused on the recovery process aimed at abstinence. Psychotherapy is combined with psycho-education. Sessions include individual check in time and interactive discussion sessions.

Topics include:

  • Staying positive; Coping skills
  • Replacing one addiction with another
  • Importance of self-care in recovery
  • Identifying high risk situations
  • Controlled drinking; Coping with urges
  • How to maintain realistic expectations in recovery
  • Benefits of a routine
  • Neuroplasticity and mindfulness
  • The role of self-esteem play in recovery
  • Values as a conduit to recovery


Monday, half-day and full-day program, 9:00am – 2:00pm

Facilitated by the art therapist and a mental health nurse.

This program focuses on directed and spontaneous use of art and craft materials for the purposes of health and mental well-being, and is suitable for adults of any age struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, or adjusting to difficult life experiences. Participants learn the value of coping strategies like distraction, task-engagement, and social support. No previous artistic ability required.

Research demonstrates the efficacy of Art Therapy in areas including:

  • Development of healthy coping skills and focus
  • Development of interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Exploration of imagination and creativity
  • Emotional identification and release
  • Improvement in mood and reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence
  • Relaxation and mindfulness.


Monday, half-day program, 9:00am – 12:15pm

Facilitated by a psychologist and a qualified exercise therapist.

This program offers mind and body strategies to assist with managing depression, anxiety and day-to-day stress. Suitable for all. Previous exercise experience not required.

  • Mind: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT); Self-compassion; Thoughts and feelings – managing and processing; Mindfulness and meditation; Journaling.
  • Body: Regulating breath to reduce tension; Simple and easy, body movements to ease body aches and pains. Seated and standing stretches to aid and increase positive energy flow. Gentle Yoga flow practice. Walk in nature - weather permitting.

Activities include:

  • Individual check in
  • Movement/yoga/stretching
  • Psychology topics
  • Well-being topics
  • Relaxation/breath-work/mindfulness/meditation
  • Walk/indoor activity


Tuesday, half-day program, 9:30am – 12:45pm

Facilitated by a psychologist.

This program is a well-established treatment designed to stabilise a range of symptoms which might include emotion dysregulation, relationship difficulties, or high levels of distress. The Program aims to help individuals “build a life worth living” by learning behavioural skills and strategies to assist in decreasing their engagement in harmful behaviours and to replace them with effective, life-enhancing behaviours.

Group participants are able to, interact with other group participants who share similar challenges, learn from the experiences of other participants, and, practice interpersonal skills within the safe and supportive environment of the group.

DBT skills modules include:

  • Core Mindfulness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness


Tuesday, half-day program, 09:30am – 12:45pm

Facilitated by a psychiatrist and a social worker.

This program provides a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment for the exploration of issues relevant to women and mental health. This women-only program is designed to inspire and empower women to create ongoing positive change in their lives. Focus is on effective management of emotions and interpersonal relationships, and is designed to inspire and empower women to create ongoing positive change in their lives.

Topics include:

  • Change cycles and self-empowerment
  • Clarifying personal values
  • Depression and anxiety management
  • Healthy relationships and interpersonal boundaries
  • Identifying personal strengths and resources
  • Lifestyle factors (e.g., diet, exercise, sleep, caffeine, drugs and alchol)
  • Self-awareness; Self-understanding and compassion
  • Self-esteem building
  • The role of social life and social support
  • Understanding self-esteem and the factors that impact on it


Wednesday, half-day program, 9:30am – 12:45pm

Facilitated by a social worker.

This program provides participants with strategies to assist with a variety of problem solving and lifestyle management skills. Drawing from a range of clinically accepted therapeutic models, this integrative, psycho-educational, self-help group, is designed for patients coping with depression and anxiety, or adjusting to difficult life experiences.

Topics may include:

  • Managing anxiety; managing depression
  • Guilt, shame, and worry
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Assertiveness
  • Self-care goals; self-worth and self-compassion
  • Motivation
  • Stages of change
  • Gratitude

Persistent Pain Management Education Day Program (PPME)

Thursday, half-day program, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, six week blocks

Facilitated by a Specialist Pain Medicine Physician and clinicians

Topics include:

  • Physiology of pain and healing
  • Multidisciplinary goal setting
  • Sleep management
  • Stress, emotions, and pain
  • Flare up management and self-compassion
  • Thoughts, emotions and pain
  • Increasing enjoyable activities
  • Change your thinking – ACT and CBT
  • Persistent pain: medication management
  • Addiction and pain
  • Forms of pain management
  • Communication and pain
  • Review of goals and values
  • Pain Management Program and beyond


Friday, half-day program, 10:00am – 1:15pm

Facilitated by a psychiatrist and a psychologist.

This is an ongoing eight-week program. Welcoming a new baby is a major life transition that can sometimes feel overwhelming. The St Helen’s Mother Baby Program assists women with anxiety, depression or other issues, to help manage these challenges, develop new parenting resources, and create a brighter future. Each week includes a mother-baby playgroup time and a topic from the Circle of Security Parenting Program.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Circle of Security
  • Exploring our children’s needs all around the circle
  • Being with on the circle
  • Being with infants on the circle
  • The path to security
  • Exploring our struggles
  • Rupture and repair in relationships
  • Review and reflection


Friday, half-day program, 10:00am – 1:15pm

Facilitated by a qualified music therapist.

This program involves exploring music in a range of ways including relating to mood management, relaxation, connecting to others and self-exploration within a fun, relaxed and supportive environment. May include song writing, depending on the interest of participants. No previous musical experience or ability required.

Benefits of music therapy:

  • Enhanced confidence and development of new skills
  • Improved connection to others and reduced feelings of isolation or loneliness
  • Reduction of anxiety and stress
  • Regulation of heart rate and breathing
  • Production of endorphins – makes you feel good!
  • Release of strong feelings
  • Shifts and improvements in mood
  • It’s fun!

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