Our Anxiety day program is for people who experience symptoms of anxiety such as panic attacks, worry, and avoidance to an extent that interferes with their quality of life. Attendance is for 8-12 weeks depending on individual needs. After this time patients will be assessed on an individual basis and either referred to a different program or discharged in consultation with their treating team.
The program focuses on issues identified by research to be important in triggering and maintaining anxiety. These include:
- Unhelpful thinking
- Problem solving
- Facing fears
- “Fear of fear”
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and education about anxiety, including acceptance and mindfulness, are important elements of the program. The goal is to help people respond positively to their negative thoughts and to be able to live the kind of life they would like, without being held back by fear.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focuses on helping patients learn strategies to tolerate and accept painful thoughts and emotions. ACT helps patients identify their value systems and develop a set of effective and realistic goals to work towards living a rich, full and meaningful life.