The Anxiety Disorders Clinic is a specialist clinic that provides assessment and treatment for adults with anxiety and depressive disorders. Treatment at the clinic involves Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), with both face-to-face therapy and iCBT (online courses) prescribed.
Part of the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety & Depression (CRUfAD) the Anxiety Disorders Clinic is located in the O’Brien Centre at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.
Benefits for patients at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic
Low / No Cost
There is no charge for assessment if patients have a Medicare card. There are also no fees for any face-to-face CBT treatment.
Treatment from Experts
As part of the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD), the Anxiety Disorders Clinic treatment is founded on over 35 years of research. Our treatment manuals based on this research are also used by clinicians all around the world.
Specialist Assessment and Management Plan
All patients are assessed by our consultant psychiatrists who specialise in the diagnosis and management of anxiety and depressive disorders. Referring doctors are provided with a comprehensive management plan, including recommendations for psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.
The Clinic provides face-to-face as well as online CBT. Face-to-face CBT may be more suitable for patients with concentration or memory issues, language difficulties, and limited ability or access to technology.
Who is eligible for services at the clinic?
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic is suitable for patients with a primary diagnosis of anxiety or depression.
- Social Phobia
- Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Specific Phobia
- Illness Anxiety Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Who is not eligible?
The clinic provides time-limited cognitive behavioural treatments for specific anxiety and depressive disorders.
Many patients will experience symptoms of anxiety that occur within the context of other mental health difficulties. These can include psychosis, chronic emotion dysregulation, eating disorders, chronic life stress, relationship problems and difficulties with self-harm or suicide. If other health difficulties are the primary concern, treatment at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic may not be recommended.
Patients are not accepted for treatment while they are taking benzodiazepines or have alcohol or drug dependence.
The Anxiety Disorders Clinic is not a crisis service and cannot provide long-term support.
Patients whose anxiety disorder is the subject of legal proceedings for financial compensation are not accepted into treatment programs at this clinic, and no medico-legal reports are provided.
Things to consider before referring a patient
- Is anxiety or depression the primary issue?
- Is CBT a suitable treatment for the patient? Are they motivated to trial a practicle skills-based therapy?
- Is the patient dependent on drugs or alcohol?
- Is longer term treatment required?
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.
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