Inpatient programs

Access to any the inpatient programs at The Geelong Clinic is available via referral.

Your local GP will be able to assist you with obtaining a referral to a Psychiatrist who is accredited at the hospital and who can organise your admission.

The Geelong Clinic Addictive Behaviours Program provides a four week inpatient therapy program offering a multidisciplinary Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach - with medical support to patients seeking assistance to manage a range of addiction issues.

Note prior to commencement of the program a review of medical detoxification needs, will be undertaken.

The Addictive Behaviours Program aims to:

  • Develop action plans that assist well-being and reduce the impact of addiction
  • Develop coping strategies
  • Enhance personal contro
  • Increase awareness and management of thoughts and feelings
  • Inspire the capacity to manage issues of addiction
  • Seek clarification of personal values.

Group sessions may include the following:

  • Addictive patterns – the addiction trap and how to break free
  • Developing psychological flexibility
  • High risk situations and emotions
  • Managing the change process
  • Relapse prevention
  • Thinking Styles – how they help and hinder
  • Values - healthy lifestyles and behavioural direction.


All referrals are subject to a health fund check prior to admission or commencing a program.

We have agreements with Private Health Funds, DVA, Workcover and TAC. Self-funding is also an option.

Our Patient Services Staff will be pleased to answer any questions you may have in relation to cost.

Making a Referral

To be admitted to our programs, you will need to ask your General Practitioner for a referral to The Geelong Clinic or one of our accredited psychiatrists.

Medical detoxification may also be arranged up to three weeks prior to commencement.

For further details, please contact The Geelong Clinic on (03) 5240 0700

The Geelong Clinic Eating Disorders Inpatient Program is a specialised program that has been developed and designed to provide a comprehensive treatment program delivered by trained staff and tailored to the needs of individual clients.

The program assists clients to progress from the acute stage of the illness to a level where they are able to monitor and manage themselves with support and help from the treating team.

The program is guided by, and based on a clearly defined clinical pathway, and has been developed on the 'LEAP philosophy'.

This model ensures a safe and trusting environment that fosters the restoration of healthy weight whilst exploring the underlying psychological issues that accompany the illness.

The Geelong Clinic has an innovative program using a number of new treatment tools to offer hope to people with psychiatric disorders such as depression.

There treatments are particularly helpful for individuals who have struggled to achieve wellness with traditional therapies alone. These treatments are available under the supervision of Dr Ajeet Singh.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a potential new treatment for depression and other psychiatric disorders. It has gained increasing attention in recent years as research is progressively conducted to establish its role in treatment programs.

There is an emerging consensus that TMS does have antidepressant activity and may play a useful role in the treatment of patients with depression.

This has lead to its approval for clinical use in a number of countries including the USA.

How does it work?

TMS uses a very focused magnetic field to activate specific areas of the brain.

Repeated TMS stimulation progressively alters brain activity improving depression in some patients.

TMS requires no anaesthesia or medication and generally you may go about normal activities immediately following the treatment.

What are the costs?

This treatment is available as an inpatient of The Geelong Clinic.

Your inpatient stay is generally covered by private health insurance or by Workcover, DVA and TAC.

Patients are also welcome to self fund their admission to hospital to receive this treatment.

If you would like further information on on TMS or to receive an information package please call our Intake Coordinator directly 03 5240 0741.

The Geelong Clinic conducts a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Program for veterans and ex-service men and women from the Australian Defence Force.

The PTSD program involves a combination of education and therapy including both group and individual sessions.

The program is accredited by the Australian Centre for Post Traumatic Mental Health, and includes modules on trauma, healthy living (including mindfulness), anger management, pain management, and assertive communication strategies.

Strategies for managing the sypmtoms of depression, anxiety, and addictive behaviours are explored from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework.

The program involves family members in sessions and followup post program.

Program intake enquiries

For enquiries about this program please contact the PTSD Program Coordinator on 03 5240 0700 or the Allied Health Manager Manager on 03 5240 0752.

Day programs

Access to any of the day programs at The Geelong Clinic is available via referral.

Your local GP will be able to assist you with obtaining a referral to a Psychiatrist who is accredited at the hospital and who can organise your enrolment into a day program.

A four week life skills program for people diagnosed with a mood &/or anxiety disorder.

ACT enables people to become more psychologically flexible in living a meaningful life.

For clients wanting more congruence between values and actions and to reduce the impact of negative thoughts and feelings on their lives.

Is a unique combination of empowering client centred therapies utilising creative expression as a commencement point for therapeutic exploration.

It aims to reacquaint clients with their strengths and inner resources.

No artistic talent is required. Useful for clients less keen on talking therapies.

A skill-based therapy for people with traits or a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder with emotional dysregulation, interpersonal difficulties and impulsive, suicidal and self-harm behaviour.

Consists of three intakes per year with each module running for 14 weeks, including group and individual consultations.

Preparation group for clients awaiting DBT. ]

Also for clients with insight and capacity for psychological work on trauma, and self-sabotage behaviours.

Includes stress management, emotional regulation and interpersonal skills, along with education on principles of mindfulness and regular practice.

Suitable for clients recovering from or living with a psychiatric illness wishing to build cognitive and social interaction skills in a supportive environment.

Individuals participate in psychotherapeutic, psycho educational and experiential groups, eg. Managing depression and anxiety, healthy living, relationships, self-esteem building, etc.

For participants who experience bi-polar conditions.

The program provides information and skills to assist people in the on-going effective management of their bi-polar disorder.

Provides skills in the management of bi-polar and enhancing life effectiveness.

For clients with high prevalence mental health disorders and/or seeking emotional regulation skills.

Structured eight session assists in developing mindful acceptance and acknowledgement of feelings, sensations and thoughts.

This program is offered four times a year.

Service for war veterans and Australian Defence Force Personnel who experience an anxiety disorder, which can result from experiencing a traumatic event or life threatening situation.

Only war veterans and Australian Defence Force Personnel who meet diagnostic criteria are eligible to participate in PTSD treatment program.

Support for clients post withdrawal or seeking relapse and maintenance support for drug and alcohol issues.

Not suitable for those requiring a more immediate withdrawal service. The program is based on the relapse prevention and harm minimisation models.

Self-management and relapse prevention skills for clients who experience depression and anxiety.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy program that helps individuals manage the symptoms of anxiety and depression using a range of psychological techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective.

Techniques include managing physical sensations of anxiety, awareness of unhelpful thinking patterns, alternate thinking strategies and relapse prevention.

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