Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal part of life but when it happens for no obvious reason, if it doesn’t go away, or gets worse over time, it can have a big impact on your enjoyment of life. Our treatment may help you better respond to anxiety and fear.

Caregiver leading group therapy

Our experienced team works closely with you to help you develop skills and strategies that can make your anxiety more manageable.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety comes in many forms and everyone’s experience is personal.

You may have unexplained panic attacks that keep happening, or intense fear of certain situations. For many, social encounters with other can cause anxiety and you can experience excessive anxiety or worry for months.

How can treatment help?

If your anxiety is persistent and interferes with everyday life, you may be referred for treatment – and it’s a good idea to get help.

Learning to manage anxiety isn’t always easy, and it’s different for everybody. With the right support and your own full participation, treatment can make a big difference to how you live.

Our anxiety services

Our experienced health professionals provide individualised anxiety therapy in a safe, relaxed, and caring environment. 

We take a holistic approach, working with you to ensure your care is coordinated and in line with your personal goals, taking into account your psychological, physical, occupational, social and spiritual needs.

We offer a range of evidence-based treatments to help you identify why you feel anxious and equip you with the necessary skills and strategies to deal with anxiety and situations that trigger it.

Our programs are delivered by qualified psychologists and allied health therapists who work closely with a team of psychiatrists, other psychologists, nurses and allied health professionals.

Our approach to anxiety treatment

Our treatment aims to help you identify why you feel anxious, and to develop skills and strategies be able to deal with anxiety and situations that trigger it.

We help you to start thinking differently – challenging and changing negative thought patterns. We also focus on building your self-esteem and helping you find more meaning and purpose in life.
Your treatment plan is developed around your needs – which may include medications, psychotherapies, exercise, nutrition and pastoral care. It can involve group or individual sessions with a psychologist or psychiatrist.

Our inpatient program can help address acute symptoms of your condition – those things that need to be managed most urgently. Staying in the hospital gives you the chance to focus on learning new skills and re-establishing healthy routines without the distractions of everyday life.

Our outpatient program focuses on recovery and preventing relapse. This can involve a range of specific psychological therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and schema-focused therapy.

Your general practitioner or psychiatrist will refer you to the program that best suits your needs.

Benefits of treatment for anxiety

Treatment can help you develop different ways of thinking, behaving and responding to anxiety and fear.

Other benefits include:

  • awareness of causes of anxiety
  • new skills and techniques to help control and manage anxiety
  • challenging and changing anxious and negative thought patterns
  • building self-esteem.

These benefits depend on your particular circumstances and require your full participation. You should consult a specialist in this area before deciding whether treatment is suitable for you.

Referrals

A referral from a general practitioner is needed to enrol in our anxiety treatment programs.

Payment and health insurance

The costs involved with enrolling in our programs is covered by most private health insurers. Any excess and/or co-payment depends on your level of cover.

We can provide care through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Work Cover. We also welcome self-funded patients.

Interested in our treatment programs? 

Please complete the form and we will contact you during regular office hours (9.00am to 5.00pm Sydney time). If you require urgent help please call Lifeline: 13 11 14

If you do not receive a response to your enquiry within 24 hours please contact the hospital directly on tel: (02) 9715 9200 or email: info.burwood@sjog.org.au