Your Treatment

On 9 south, the treatment team will work along side you, supporting you as you take steps toward a healthier life.

Individual Psychotherapy

Sessions occur approximately every other day and may involve one-on-one meetings or meetings with more than one staff in attendance.

Group Programs

An important part of the work that you will do will be within our group program. The Occupational therapist (O.T.), along with the treatment team, will work with you to orient you to group program and help you to set goals related to your work in the groups. Staff will help you to choose other groups that may support your needs including pet therapy, outings, and activities on the unit.

Psychiatry Treatment RoomGroups may include the following:

  • ward meetings
  • life skills
  • spirituality
  • goal setting
  • art therapy
  • exercise
  • relaxation training
  • wellness
  • stress management
  • small group psychotherapy
  • pet therapy
  • medication group
  • outings

You will find a schedule of these groups posted by the nursing station. We strongly encourage attendance at groups as they are designed to be an integral part of your treatment.

OT groups are held four days a week and in order to promote the maximum benefit of your treatment we encourage you to plan your day such that you stay on the unit during group times (i.e. coffee breaks and passes occur before or after group where appropriate). The groups provide you with an excellent opportunity to learn from copatients, gain feedback, support, lifeskills, and gain social support. We ask that you arrive to group on time and stay for the duration. If you have any concerns about attending group please speak to the Occupational Therapist and together we can problem solve with you to find the best options available.

Small Group Psychotherapy

This will help introduce and orient you to small group psychotherapy and the role it may have for you during you hospitalization on 9 South.

Although people come into hospital for many different reasons, something common to most people is some dissatisfaction or unhappiness with their interpersonal relationships. This can take a variety of shapes. Group psychotherapy provides an excellent opportunity for people to learn more about what they bring to, and put into, their relationships that leads to more or less satisfaction and comfort. This is achieved by examining the interactions and relationships people have with each other in the group meetings, and on the ward in general. This can also be of help in dealing with communication concerns in other relationships that are important to you. Group members' support and feedback are the most valuable features of the group experience, as the group tends to focus on current, here and now issues.

The format is essentially as follows. The group meets two times per week. The group starts and stop on time. The group is open to patients on the ward for the duration of their stay in hospital. It is voluntary, but it is hoped that once a person begins, that person will choose to attend regularly. The group is co-led by two therapists, generally a resident doctor and a psychiatric nurse or occupational therapist. Dr. Leszcz is the consulting staff psychiatrist.

Each meeting begins with a brief explanation of the purpose of the group, and the introduction of an new members. Next, each member of the group selects a focus or issue that he or she would like to work on that day. Examples might include "asserting myself better"; "finding out how I come across"; or, "I'd like to make myself less distant from others".

The group therapists will help in identifying issues, if necessary. Then, as many of the individual issues as possible will talked about by the group. Many different issues may come together, but it is possible that not every issue will be examined during each meeting. Nonetheless, many people find the process of focusing on specific concerns rather than trying to tackle everything at once, helpful in and of itself. The issue can then be addressed in a later group, or, with one's doctor or nurse.

The last ten minutes of each meeting are spent summarizing the group. This provides an additional opportunity to tie together any loose ends, and lear as much as possible from the meeting, prior to ending. The idea of participating in a group may make you feel a bit anxious at first, and most people are somewhat nervous when they begin a group. This is natural, but usually lessens quickly with some time spent in the group. We expect that everyone will attend the group; and look forward to your participation.

If you have any questions, please speak to you nurse, doctor, or raise them in the group.


Medications are administered at the following times:

  • 9 am
  • 1 pm
  • 5 pm
  • 10 pm

When your "meds" are due, please come to the med room window to receive them from your assigned nurse.

After 10 p.m.

Therapy sessions are not held after 10 p.m. so that you may begin relaxing and settling for the night.