Our treatment services range from inpatient residential care to outpatient appointments and community-based services.
Learn more below about what we do and the disorders that our team treat.
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What Do We Treat?
These are some examples of the issues that people that come to Ashburn to get help with. Often people experience more than one of these issues at the same time, and our treatment approach is designed to address these needs.
“Ashburn Clinic has given me my life back. The patients and staff have stuck by me as I have been trying to understand myself and my behaviour. It has taken a long time but it has worked and I leave Ashburn ready to go on with my life.”
– A Former Resident
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Ashburn offers a professional and supportive environment for diagnosis, treatment and recovery from mental illness and addictions.
Admission to the inpatient ward at Ashburn is via referral from a medical professional. Treatment may be funded by the Ministry of Health, ACC, or privately.
Our Gwen Wilson and Frank Hay units provide 24-hour nursing care and clinical support, and a patient’s stay is generally long-term. Patients participate in the core therapeutic programme, as well as specialist groups and support services suited to their needs, eg. eating disorders, substance addiction. In addition to any necessary medical support, therapeutic services are provided by nurses, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, occupational therapists and a dietitian.
As patients plan to discharge, they move to Alexander House which supports independent living with full access to the therapeutic community and programme. Acceptance to Alexander House is usually done as a transfer from the inpatient unit, but on some occasions a direct admission may be considered.
Admission to this inpatient programme is via referral from a medical professional. Treatment may be funded by the Ministry of Health, ACC, or privately.
The Eating Disorder Programme focuses on the treatment of people with a primary eating disorder diagnosis and offers specific input to help patients address issues related to their eating disorder. As needed, defined protocols guide meals, activity levels and weight restoration. The clinical and kitchen staff work together to ensure the dietary needs of each patient are met.
Access to our Addiction Programme is via referral from a medical professional. New entrants join the established group at the week that the group have reached.
There are four sessions a week and a weekly substance abuse group (SAGS). We ask you to keep a reflective journal to record and reflect issues that inevitably come up and key learning. We also encourage you to attend AA or NA meetings with other patients. And, as part of the programme, we will facilitate meetings with your support network, which may include family, friends, and professional supports.
Access to outpatient care is via referral from a medical professional.
All of our psychiatrists are fully-qualified to assess and treat major mental health issues. Our outpatient services include psychiatric assessment, consultation and management of all adult psychiatric disorders, and psychiatric assessment for medicolegal, occupational or accident related reasons.
Dunedin: Ashburn provides daily outpatient psychiatric services at our clinic location on the edge of Dunedin city.
Cromwell: clinics are held on the first Thursday of each month at Cromwell Community House, 5 Murray Terrace.
Invercargill: clinics are usually held on the third Friday of each month at the Ascot Park Hotel, corner Tay Street and Racecourse Road.
We provide two community-based programmes which are suitable for people with more specifically-focused mental health problems, within Otago and Southland.
- The Dunedin Homebase Detox Service provides assessment and detox for people in the community who are wanting to safely reduce and stop using alcohol or substances. To contact HBDS, phone 03-4766063.
- The Southern Support Eating Disorder Service provides education and a co-working model for treatment of people with eating disorders. To contact SSEDS, phone 0800-328744.
Our daily therapeutic programme emphasises groups, where patients are encouraged to work through issues in groups and learn to understand their feelings, thoughts, and the behaviours of others.
Small Psychodynamic Therapy Groups
Patients might participate in a psychodynamic therapy group. These are generally facilitated by a psychotherapist and a senior nurse, and include eight to ten patients who meet twice per week. Our small group meetings are critical to patient success and community support, as they encourage members to form a strong cohort of people engaging in treatment together.
Large Groups & Community Meetings
Twice-weekly gatherings include doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, along with patients. We explore topics including personal challenges, the dynamics between community members, and themes occurring across the community. A once-weekly forum for all patients and staff explores practical issues that affect the day-to-day life and themes of the community.
Individual Psychotherapy Sessions
When patients arrive they are assessed for suitability for psychodynamic psychotherapy. Therapists can provide supportive psychotherapy or in-depth psychodynamically-orientated psychotherapy. The majority of patients are allocated a therapist but a small minority are considered too unwell to utilise individual psychotherapy.
Living & Learning Activities
These activities, including gardening, cleaning, and cooking, are undertaken as a community. Members are expected to participate and be able to help – even in minor ways. These are opportunities for new and learning experiences, as well as relationship development.
Creative & Recreation Activities
It is often a very important part of a person’s treatment to learn how to use ‘down time’ effectively. Art, music and sport are encouraged in the day-to-day programme and we organise groups around these activities. Weekend and evening activities offer maximum therapeutic benefit.
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The following charges apply for private-paying treatment at Ashburn Clinic.
24-hour inpatient care: $3,300 per week on average (depending on varied costs for individual therapy and medication).
Self-care (Alexander House): $2,200 per week (depending on varied costs for individual therapy and medication).
1-week Addiction Programme detoxification plus 2-week assessment: $10,000
8-week Specialist Addiction Programme treatment phase: $24,000
Community-based services (live off-site but attend therapy programme): $1,300 per week.
Outpatient services: $150-$330 per hour (psychiatric services).
Please note that appointments are charged in 15 minute blocks and will include the assessment time with the clinician, and may also include the time taken to prepare any reports required. An initial assessment generally costs $330 per hour (report writing additional), and further treatment is $290 per hour.
Costs will be confirmed at the time the appointment is confirmed.