Getting started with CBT at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic

Step1: Get a referral and request an appointment

Download the below registration and referral forms then visit your GP to discuss whether an assessment and CBT treatment with the Anxiety Disorders Clinic may be appropriate for you.

If your GP believes you may benefit from an assessment with the clinic, return the completed forms to:

Email: [email protected]
Fax: 02 8382 1400

Any questions, please call us on
02 8382 1400

Please note, all referrals are reviewed by the clinical team before an assessment appointment is offered. If the clinical team does not offer you an assessment appointment, we will endeavour to provide alternative options for you.

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Step2: Confirm your appointment and complete your pre-assessment questionnaires

If you are offered an assessment appointment, we will confirm a date and time, you will be asked to complete some pre-assessment questionnaires online. These questionnaire must be completed prior to your scheduled appointment.

These questionnaires will make up part of your initial assessment and help to determine an appropriate management plan for you.

Step 3: Your assessment and what happens next

At your initial assessment appointment you will be seen by a specialist psychiatrist who will conduct a directed diagnostic interview. They will ask you a series of specific questions to determine a likely diagnosis and whether you will benefit from treatment with the clinic. Assessments typically last 45-minutes.

Please be aware that this initial assessment is not designed to provide supportive counselling or to obtain a comprehensive history of your difficulties. It is a structured assessment of your current symptoms and experiences to determine an appropriate management plan.

This management plan will be communicated to your GP, and if treatment with the clinic is recommended, a member of our team will contact you to schedule further appointments. If for any reason treatment with the clinic is not recommended, this will also be communicated to your GP along with alternative treatment recommendation where possible.

Required Documents

Is the Anxiety Disorders Clinic right for me?

  • You are not in a crisis situation or at risk of self-harm
  • Your primary concern is an anxiety or depressive disorder
  • Your anxiety is not primarily related to trauma or traumatic events
  • Your are not suffering from Psychosis or Bipolar Illness
  • You are not suffering from Cognitive Impairment (e.g. dementia) or brain injury
  • You do not have difficulties managing your anger or aggressoin
  • You do not require assessment for a third party (e.g. court, Centrelink, workers compensation)
  • You are not using illegal drugs, excessive alcohol or sedatives
  • You are seeking a one-off assessment and/or brief, skills-based treatment
  • You are over 18 years of age and have a valid Medicare card

Is Live-Videoconference an option for you?

To be eligible for live-videoconference appointments you must:

  • Have reliable internet access and a computer or mobile device with camera and audio
  • Reside in a telehealth eligible location

CLICK HERE to check location eligibility. Select ASGS Remoteness Area 2016 and enter your address.

(RA codes 2-5 are eligible + Residential Aged Care Facilities and Aboriginal Medical Services)

ADC's treatment is:

  • Face-to-face or live-videoconference
  • Low or No Cost
  • Specialised
  • Delivered by leading experts in CBT
  • Proven and backed by 35 years of research
  • Easy to access
Excessive anxiety is a very common difficulty. The clinic provides time-limited cognitive behavioural treatments for specific anxiety and depressive disorders. However, some anxiety difficulties are best treated by other types of therapy that are not provided at our clinic.

Anxiety and low-mood often co-occurs with other difficulties such as psychosis, longstanding difficulties managing emotions, eating disorders, chronic life stress, relationship problems and difficulties with self-harm or suicide. In many cases, it is best to treat other difficulties before addressing the anxiety with CBT.

Patients are not accepted for treatment while they are taking benzodiazepines or have alcohol or drug dependence. We would recommend that these issues be adequately addressed and controlled first.

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.

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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