Specialised care for young adult patients struggling with significant and complex issues.
The Hills Clinic Private Hospital Young Adult Unit was established in 2011 to address the psychiatric needs of young adults, aged 16 to 21 years. The YA @ The Loft program is a holistic approach tailored to young adult individuals struggling with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, personality, and drug/alcohol use disorders. The program incorporates a combination of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It also introduces Dr Kristin Neff’s work on self-compassion and Nathaniel Brandon’s work on improving self-esteem. It incorporates family therapy, art therapy, music therapy, horticulture, mindfulness practices and physical health, tai chi, yoga, martial arts and general exercise groups.
The main aims of the program are, but not limited to;
To support young adults in better understanding their mental health
To help young adults understand and manage addictive behaviours
Create a meaningful life
Understand the consequences of their long term and short term coping strategies.
Improve self-esteem by cultivating a sense of self
Improve daily functioning and quality of life
Increase skills in regulating emotions and tolerating distress
To support families and carers with family sessions
Our 21 day inpatient program encourages a more focused approach to your specific treatment goals. It has three essential components:
This group ensures a therapeutic environment with creative discussion and expression. Each week, patients are allocated to a group and a theme or topic will be discussed. Program topics may include:
Core beliefs, or how we see ourselves, other people, the world and the future
Consultations with Psychiatrists
You will be seen by your Psychiatrist at regular intervals during your inpatient stay. The frequency of these sessions will be individually negotiated between yourself and your Psychiatrist.
For interstate patients, it is important you understand that your allocated psychiatrist will oversee your care as an inpatient only.
Ours is a working unit and as such, we expect you to have realistic goals. If this is your first admission, your goal is to establish rapport with our clinical team and work within our model of care. Other goals may include developing safety strategies, working on a specific memory or learning coping skills. There is also a strong focus on developing and maintaining healthy boundaries and self-management. These skills will assist your transition from the unit to your home.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
This program is run by a multidisciplinary treatment team and provides patients with an in-depth understanding of DBT. It is skill based and assists patients to tolerate intense feelings and learn to manage self-harming behaviours often associated with emotional dysregulation. DBT combines standard cognitive behavioural techniques for emotion regulation and reality testing with concepts of mindful awareness, distress tolerance and acceptance. DBT can be used to help people who experience symptoms of impulsivity, frequent interpersonal conflict, and difficulty with emotional regulation, anger and poor coping in stressful situations. The program is divided into two parts: DBT Part One: Foundation Skills and DBT Part Two: Masterclass. Patients must complete DBT Part One before graduating to DBT Part Two.
Patients interested in attending the day program will need to call the allied health department on 1300 122 144 (option 2) or contact groups at [email protected]
How much does it cost?
Patients are admitted as a day patient. Depending on their level of cover, they may be able to claim their attendance under their health fund. We ask that patients confirm any applicable out-of-pocket excess or gap costs directly with The Hills Clinic Private Hospital. For patients without health fund coverage, a cost of $200 per session applies.