Meet the WSLHD Anxiety Treatment and Research Unit team, one of the few specialist tertiary referral clinics in NSW providing high quality treatments for adults with anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and specific phobia (for example, arachnophobia).
The clinic is also well known for providing evidence-based treatment for people experiencing hoarding disorder.
Jessamine Chen is a clinical psychologist and head of the WSLHD Anxiety Treatment and Research Unit. She agrees we all can feel anxious sometimes, whether it be about attending a job interview, paying off a debt, or even who will win a football match, and says these feelings are a normal part of life.
“For some people, however, these feelings can be more extreme. An anxiety disorder is more than feeling stressed. It is a serious condition that makes day-to-day life difficult,” she said.
Approximately 14 per cent of the Australian population (1 in 7) experiences an anxiety disorder every year.
“Our highly trained and experienced clinicians provide group treatment programs as well as individual therapies using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety disorders.”
“We help people to identify unrealistic beliefs and behaviours, and replace them with more helpful ones .”
“The techniques we use aim to give individuals a better understanding of their disorder. These techniques also help individuals to learn skills to combat unhelpful thinking and reduce behaviours and reliance on other people to do things for them.”
“A unique feature of our clinic is the incorporation of therapist-assisted exposure to real life situations enabling individuals to gradually confront and overcome their fears.”
“The unit also has a longstanding excellent reputation for innovative research projects and ongoing contribution to postgraduate training across major universities throughout Sydney.”
The first step for organising treatment at the Anxiety Unit is to complete a telephone intake assessment to determine whether the Anxiety Unit will be suitable. The clinic only accepts referrals for patients with anxiety disorders, not simply high anxiety.
Lots of patients have high levels of anxiety due to life circumstances (like financial stress, relationship problems, and family illness); these patients will be referred elsewhere.
For further information regarding the WSLHD Anxiety Treatment and Research Unit, call 02 9840 4095 .