Join our programs for the treatment of bipolar disorder in the Greater Hunter Region.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Program develops skills to manage mental health issues by learning strategies to manage difficult thoughts and feelings more effectively so they have less impact and influence over you. It then focuses on re-connecting with an individual’s values, and uses this to guide positive changes in your life.
Our Bipolar Management Program is based on a program developed and researched at the Mental Health Research Institute under the direction of Dr David Castle. The program incorporates elements of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and interpersonal and social rhythms theory (IPSRT). A randomised controlled trial using the program showed that it was effective in reducing relapses of mania and depression, as well as improving a person’s ability to do the things that are important to them in everyday life.
The Art Therapy program is suitable for anyone who struggles to put their thoughts and feelings into words, as well as individuals wanting a safe place to explore themselves through creative expression under a psychodynamic framework. Patients don’t need any skills in painting or drawing. Art Therapy is about self expression, making meaning, exploration and finding healthy coping strategies.
Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or MiCBT offers a practical set of evidence-based techniques derived from mindfulness training together with principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to address a broad range of psychological disorders and general stress conditions. MiCBT is a four stage model that helps participants to regulate emotion and attention and to externalise these skills into everyday situations they may find difficult.