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 Mental health therapies at Matilda Nepean

Matilda Nepean uses the most up-to-date evidence-based therapies for the support and management of a range of mental health conditions.

Everyone who participates in our mental health programs receives a thorough assessment by a senior psychiatrist who develops a treatment plan that’s tailored to their specific needs.

These are some of the mental health therapies available at Matilda Nepean. Everyone’s needs are different. Your mental health team will determine which ones are most appropriate for your needs.

Group therapy mental health session at Matilda Nepean

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps people improve their mental health by understanding and changing their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.

In cognitive behavioural therapy, you work with a mental health therapist to identify negative patterns and learn new ways of thinking that can improve your mood and wellbeing.

The therapy is focused on setting goals and learning practical skills to manage symptoms and cope with difficult situations.

Cognitive behavioural therapy can be helpful for anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a mental health therapy that integrates cognitive-behavioural therapy techniques with mindfulness practices.

This comprehensive approach equips individuals with essential skills to navigate intense emotions, cultivate healthier relationships, and cope with challenging situations.

Dialectical behaviour therapy emphasises the importance of self-acceptance and offers practical strategies to regulate emotions, enhance distress tolerance, and foster effective communication.

It has shown significant benefits for individuals living with borderline personality disorder and other conditions characterised by unstable or fluctuating emotions.

Psychiatrist talking to day therapy patient at Matilda Nepean
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation at Matilda Nepean

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive procedure used to treat depression. It uses magnetic fields to stimulate specific areas of the brain associated with mood regulation.

During transcranial magnetic stimulation, you sit in a chair while a device sends magnetic pulses to your brain. These pulses help increase brain activity in targeted areas.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation sessions are usually done multiple times a week over several weeks, with the aim of treating underlying depressive illness.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a therapy that cultivates mindfulness to reduce stress and enhance wellbeing. It teaches individuals how to observe thoughts, emotions, and sensations without judgment.

Through meditation, breathing exercises, and body awareness, mindfulness-based stress reduction fosters calm, focus, and resilience.

It helps individuals gain a deeper understanding of their inner experiences, enabling them to respond to stress with greater clarity.

The therapy gives individuals practical tools to manage anxiety, chronic pain, and depression, promoting mental and emotional wellbeing.

 Group therapy mental health session at Matilda Nepean
Art therapy session at Matilda Nepean’s mental health unit

Art therapy

Art therapy and creative expression are proven forms of therapy that use art and creative activities to help improve mental health and wellbeing.

Through drawing, painting, or other art forms, people can express their feelings and thoughts in a non-verbal way.

This can be helpful for self-discovery, emotional healing, and personal growth.

Art therapy and creative expression provide a way to communicate and understand emotions that might be hard to put into words, and they can support overall wellbeing.

What’s right for you?

Everyone’s therapy needs are different, and it’s important to work with an experienced mental health professional to find the right approach for you.

They can help you understand therapies better and determine which one may be most beneficial for your specific situation and your needs and goals.


Matilda Nepean mental health team
Patient and nurse at Matilda Nepean

Learn more or enquire about admission

The Matilda Nepean mental health care team is here to support you on your journey to optimal mental health and wellbeing.

For more information or to inquire about admission to our day therapy program, please contact our intake coordinator, Jacki Maher, at tel: 8123 6790 or email: mentalhealth@matildanepean.com.au.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a referral into a mental health program?
To participate in one of our mental health programs, you will need a referral from your treating GP or psychiatrist. Alternatively you can self-refer. To find out more, contact our intake coordinator to discuss your confidential needs.
Are programs covered by private health insurance?
We can contact your health fund on your behalf and let you know what will be covered by your private health insurance fund. Most programs are covered by private health insurance (once you have served the initial wait period and are up to date with your payments). Mental health cover is also now available for upgrade and same-day use as an initiative from the Australian Government. We can explain these details and assist with any questions you may have.
What happens if I don’t have private health insurance?
If you don’t have private health insurance, you can opt to pay privately – if that is an option for you. We can provide you with a quote in advance based on your program of interest and whether you will be a day patient or an inpatient, and you can opt to pay privately.
What happens once I enrol in a program?
When you are first referred to Matilda Nepean, our intake coordinator will arrange for you to have an initial consultation with one of our team psychologists. During this appointment, the psychologist will discuss your history and current situation and their recommendations with you. This may be enrolment in one of our day programs, or potentially staying with us in the hospital and receiving mental health support as an inpatient.

Our Doctors

Our doctors are highly experienced consultants in this specialised field of medicine.

Get in touch with our friendly team today