Why choose the Anxiety Disorders Clinic for CBT?

Why choose the Anxiety Clinic?

People choose the Anxiety Clinic at St Vincent’s Hospital for a variety of reasons;

  • They see firsthand the positive experiences and outcomes of family and friends who have received treatment at the clinic
  • They want to understand their anxiety and learn to take charge of it
  • Their symptoms have just begun and they want to minimise the impact of their anxiety both now and in the future
  • They are confused or unsure about their diagnosis or treatment options
  • They have had multiple unsuccessful attempts of other treatments
  • They have had to live with anxiety for many years
  • They have decided “enough is enough”

We are dedicated to work together with you and your treating professionals to achieve the best outcomes for you now and in the future.

Treatment from experts


Professor Gavin Andrews founded the Anxiety Disorders Clinic in 1986. He is recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders. The Clinic’s treatment is founded on over 50 years of research and our treatment programs are widely used by clinicians all over the world.


Our expert team of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists is engaged at the forefront of research invesigating the nature, causes and treatment of anxiety, as well as the training of health professionals and education of the general public.


Multidiscliplinary Experts


Our clinical and research team brings a wide array of clinical skills, knowledge and experience. This includes a comprehensive understanding of the biological, medical, psychological and social factors impacting upon the development of anxiety, as well as highly specialised experience in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other psychological treatments, medications, and social and environmental interventions.


When you are a patient at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, although you may have one primary clinician, they will draw upon the collective wisdom and experience of the entire team. We all work towards one goal – the best outcomes for our patients now and in the future.


Diagnostic Service


All patients referred to the Anxiety Disorders Clinic will recieve a comprehensive diagnosis and management plan. Depending upon the cause and nature of their anxiety or depression, some patients would benefit from participating in our online and face-to-face treatment programs. Others may have more pressing matters to attend to (such as a medical issue or a medication change) following which they will return for treatment. Some patients will have anxiety due to another cause which is unlikely to benefit from participating in our treatment programs, but may benefit from referral to another service.


We are committed to communicating with our patients and their treating clinicians what we think the cause of their anxiety is, how we believe it would be best treated, and where the best place to access this treatment is.


Personalised care


After 50 years in the field we have grown to understand the impact of anxiety upon patients and their families. We understand how difficult it can be and how confornting the idea of treatment can be.


We know that the best results are achieved by getting to know you, understand your experiences, and tailoring our treatment to suit your needs.




Our Cognitive Behaviour Therapy programs train you how to manage your anxiety so that you can become an expert in your own care.


Anxiety disorders can be lifelong conditions, worsening at times of stress and subsiding when your stress subsides. If your anxiety is life this, you need to be able to manage your current episode and learn how to prevent symptoms returning in the future. If your anxiety does return, you need to know how to manage it.


Available and accessible treatments


Our online treatments are designed to fit in with your lifestyle. You can complete them in any place with an internet connection, at any time. As your treatment is supervised by one of our expert treatment team, you will recieve individualised care without stepping foot in our clinic.


Our confidential face-to-face treatments are conducted at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, Sydney. The Clinic is accessible, being a few minutes away from the CBD. Treatment is available Monday to Friday during business hours.


We are very mindful of the privacy of our patients. All of our treatments are confidential. Medical certificates are available for patients who miss work due to treatment at the Clinic.


No / Low cost


If you are eligible for Medicare rebates there is no charge for assessment or for the face-to-face CBT at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic.


If you are prescribed one of our internet-based CBT programs (iCBT), there is a charge of $59 (which may be paid online or by credit card) which grants you access to the program for three months.


Our Structure


The Anxiety Clinic is part of the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD). CRUfAD is a facility of the University of New South Wales and St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, established to reduce the impact of anxiety and depressive disorders on individuals and the community.


The Anxiety Disorders Clinic provides treatment for:

  • Social Phobia
  • Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Specific Phobia
  • Depression
  • Illness Anxiety Disorder
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Our Structure

The Anxiety Disorder Clinic (ADC) is part of the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD). CRUfAD is a joint facility of St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, and the University of New South Wales established to reduce the impact of anxiety and depressive disorders on individuals and the community.

Our Team

Led by Professor Gavin Andrews,  the Anxiety Disorders Clinic has a dedicated team of experienced psychiatrists and clinical psychologists.

Initial assessments are conducted by specialist psychiatrists. Follow-up assessments and treatment are conducted by clinical psychologists and psychiatrists.

On occasion, intern clinical psychologists and registrars will observe and/or provide treatment. All interns are supervised by specialist clinicians.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal and healthy emotion. It involves physical sensations (e.g. increased heart rate and feeling shaky), thoughts about danger or threat (e.g. worrying about getting sick or not getting on well with others) and behaviours (e.g. avoiding situations or seeking reassurance from others). 

For some people, anxiety can become problematic. Worries can start to feel uncontrollable and people can start avoiding important activites. There are many different sorts of problematic anxiety. 

Managing anxiety

Many people benefit from using practical skills to help them manage their anxiety. At the Anxiety Clinic, we provide cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) which is an effective treatment for anxiety disorders. You can read about managing anxiety with CBT in our CBT manuals.

If you are not sure how you are feeling or where to start, please take our brief test to explore your experiences.

The Anxiety Disorders Clinic (ADC) specialises in the assessment and treatment of adults with anxiety disorders. The Clinic is part of the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety (CRUfAD) at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

Contact Us

Level 4, The O’Brien Centre St. Vincent’s Hospital 394-404 Victoria Street Darlinghurst NSW 2010 (Map) (02) 8382 1400

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