Day Programs


The Day Program at The Melbourne Clinic provides an opportunity for anyone to receive help for a broad range of emotional or mental health conditions. Weekly group sessions incorporate the latest evidence based educational and therapeutic practices in a welcoming and supportive environment. 

Our primary focus is helping you to take the first step, and then supporting you to develop the strategies you need to achieve your goals. Our broad range of evidence-based psycho-educational and therapeutic groups exist to help you learn and grow in your recovery. Why do we say grow? Because this journey of recovery is also a journey of your own self-growth, helping you open up more doorways to a richer life, with more life-enhancing opportunities.

Group sessions form the foundation for all psychotherapy in Day Programs. Group therapy allows you to take part in sessions aimed at building upon your strengths and capabilities, while you connect with and supporting other group participants. The group process is a dynamic one and the safety of the group environment enables you to practice these skills so that you can apply them later in your own context and relationships. Group sessions therefore provide a powerful catalyst for your recovery and self-growth, all paving the way for positive change.

Psychotherapy Groups

For further information on specific day programs, please click on the corresponding link below.

Groups are available on different days and times designed to complement your schedule.

Please click HERE to see an up-to-date Program Schedule, with a summary of group topics and dates.

Whilst we value the opportunity to deliver Day Programs in person, we have learnt a great deal throughout 2020-21 about the need to better connect those unable to access onsite treatment.

The HYBRID capability at The Melbourne Clinic enables patients who otherwise can’t access the service in person to participate by using the secure Zoom platform, providing increased access and support, and better outcomes for our patients.

Who can access Day Programs via telehealth?

You may choose the telehealth option if you:

  • Live in an area that, due to distance or access to transport, prevents you from attending Day Programs on site
  • Have dependents where caregiving commitments prevent Day Program attendance onsite
  • Are unable to attend at any time due to health reasons

Which programs offer telehealth access?

The following group programs will have capacity for attendance in person and live-streaming from home:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Emotion Management
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Anxiety Management

How much does it cost?

Access to Day Programs via telehealth is supported by some Health Funds/Funding providers. If you would benefit from having the option to livestream into Day Programs, please see our friendly administration team, or contact them on 03 8416 3800, to determine if your current funding arrangements enable access to this new and exciting service.

Further information?

Please click HERE to download the information flyer

Who runs Day Program groups and when?

Our groups usually range from 8-12 participants. Each group is facilitated by two mental health professionals. Our qualified Allied Health professionals include psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, nurses, psychiatrists and exercise physiologists.

Which group is right for me?

All participants undergo an initial assessment by an intake clinician who will speak with you about your treatment goals and what groups may suit your needs. From that assessment, a collaborative treatment plan will be developed and your group booking secured.

How do I get involved?

An admission to day programs requires a referral from a Melbourne Clinic accredited psychiatrist. A referral from your GP requesting an initial consultation with one of our Psychiatrists could be your first step.

Do I need Private Health Insurance?

Private health insurance is recommended. WorkSafe compensation also covers some programs.

Call us to find out whether your current policy covers you fully for treatment at The Melbourne Clinic. We will ask you a few questions and do the rest so you can proceed with your admission with peace of mind. Call us on 8416 3800 to find out more.

What about catering?

All groups include a 15-30 minute catered light meal break. Regular, vegetarian and vegan options are provided as well as tea, coffee and juice.

Where do I go?

Day Programs is located at 15/2 Bromham Place, Richmond close to The Melbourne Clinic. Car parking is accessible next to The Melbourne Clinic main reception on Tweedie Place - from there it's just a short walk to Day Programs. Parking is $5 with a validated ticket through main reception. Please validate your ticket as soon as you arrive as reception is unattended after 8pm. There is also local street parking available.

The persons shown in photographs on this website are not actual patients of The Melbourne Clinic.

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