Do I need an NDIS Psychosocial Recovery Coach?

What is an NDIS Psychosocial Recovery Coach?

An NDIS psychosocial recovery coach is a qualified individual who helps those with psychosocial disabilities. They are some times referred to as mental health peer workers, NDIS life coaches or life coaches. These coaches give the time, attention and respect to those who struggle to live resourcefully due to mental health issues. 

Additionally, a recovery coach’s main focus is to improve the mental health of their patients. They help those who don’t have the ability to plan tasks in their everyday life. 

The recovery coach may work with an individual for as many hours as necessary.

Generally Local Area Coordinators allocate between 50 to 100 hours of support per year.

This time is used by the coach to help a person develop a Recovery plan and help break down their NDIS plan into achievable goals. These plans may help people with disabilities exercise their choice and control their goals, to achieve a more fulfilling life.

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Even if the person living with a disability feels disconnected from their community, the recovery coach can assist them with plans to be more active and engaged. Furthermore, a recovery coach can help you with various life skills to improve your way of living. 

The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) started about 4 years ago in Australia and supports psychosocial coaches. The organisation revolutionised the way we treat disabled people by giving them a choice. The NDIS supports those with psychosocial disabilities to improve how they manage life and it’s challenges.   Click for NDIS psychosocial Recovery resources.

The benefits of having an NDIS Psychosocial Recovery Coach

Psychosocial recovery coaches believe that you are the expert in your own life and will encourage you to make the right choices. With the proper support from your coach you may experience the following:

Improved independence

Do you find yourself relying too much on the people around you due to your disabilities? A NDIS psychosocial recovery coach can help you build the skills you need to improve your independence.

Help with participation

It can be difficult to participate in your community or family activities when you have a psychosocial disability. Whether you have social anxiety or physical disability a recovery coach can get you involved in your community again.

Living more fulfilled

Without independence and your contribution to society you may feel like you’re not living a fulfilling life. But after your coaching sessions you may be able to do the things you never thought you could. You may then start to live a life that feels rewarding and fulfilled.

Better decision making

Sometimes psychosocial disabilities hinder people from making decisions or the right choices that can benefit them. A recovery coach helps you develop problem solving skills so you don’t make decisions that can have a negative effect on your well being.

Who might need an NDIS Psychosocial Recovery Coach?

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”

- Stephen R. Covey

This quote is very true because a coach can assist you to find this fire through a person centred approach. They will take you on a journey of self discovery to find your strengths and values and then help you set meaningful and attainable goals. 

Sometimes in life we get trapped on a negative wheel of bad experiences and feelings.
Small successes and achievements as well as positive encouragement can help a person slowly turn the direction of the wheel to a more positive side.  

If you suffer from a mental illness and you are feeling stuck, sick of not getting results or unmotivated then an NDIS life coach might be a great option to light your own motivational fire and to live the life you’ve always wanted.

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Some disabilities stop you from doing small tasks such as cooking, cleaning or even going outside. With the proper coaching anyone can start to learn how to develop key skills so they can be independent and start enjoying life. 

A recovery coach can help take you on a journey of self-discovery, to find your values and strengths. This newfound discovery may help you develop more meaningful and informed goals.

What is a Psychosocial Disability?

A psychosocial disability is used to describe any disability that occurs due to a mental illness. These are the main Mental illnesses that Recovery Supports Australia assists with:

These disabilities have a major impact on the social construct of an individual’s life. Someone living with a psychosocial disability may struggle with the following:

Purpose of having an NDIS psychosocial Recovery Coach

The reason you may need a recovery coach is the services they provide for those who need to build meaning and purpose in their lives. Proper coaching can provide a patient with the tools they need to break down their goals into manageable tasks. 

Sessions help patients uncover resilience so they don’t give up on their goals. With the right recovery coach, patients can develop a deeper understanding of themselves so they can identify what triggers certain behaviours.  

Some examples of things you and your coach may work on:

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What can you expect from sessions with your Recovery Coach?

Before you start your sessions with a recovery coach you may spend quality time with your coach to build trust and rapport. This includes a few hours with your coach so you can get to know each other on a personal level. You and your coach can enjoy many recreational activities together during your training to build trust and understanding.

Our Recovery Plans

There are many features a recovery plan may offer NDIS participants. A plan may cover the following:

A psychosocial recovery coach is trained to identify a patient’s strengths and what is preventing them from progressing. The recovery coach’s goal is to help a patient overcome their fears so they can build on their strengths. 

Every patient has different triggers. A patient with PTSD may get triggered by something that reminds them of a traumatic experience. Others may be triggered by words, images or even sounds. A recovery coach may spend time with their patients to identify what their triggers are and develop a plan to help them recover from those triggers. 

Everyone should have life goals. For some, it’s buying a house or earning a degree. But for psychosocial patients, their goals may be something as simple as going outside in public or not having panic attacks when they’re in a crowd. A recovery coach helps patients map out their goals into smaller manageable activities so patients achieve them without being overwhelmed.

If patients would like to use other support strategies a recovery coach can help them adjust their plans accordingly.

Some patients will need a plan that can help them in case of an emergency. A recovery coach can structure a plan that may help the patient when they experience a trigger. This plan may include activities and exercises the patient or family members can use to help with immediate recovery after a trigger.  

A well-structured plan should connect patients to other services they may need. Maybe they have other underlying illnesses such as cancer or HIV which may require support counselling. 

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How will I know that I'm recovering?

In order to recover from your psychosocial disability you must attend all your sessions according to your plan. Your recovery may be defined by how you improve on certain aspects such as your social skills, emotions, problem solving abilities and your independence. 

After you’ve reached certain recovery goals you may benefit from life changes such as relying less on your caregivers or family. This means you may have the confidence and the skills to make your own choices. Thanks to recovery you may notice the following abilities that you lacked before: 

Ready to begin your journey towards recovery?

Taking the first step is often the most difficult one, yet its necessary to begin your journey towards recovery. The sooner you take it though,  the sooner your progress towards a more independent and fulfilling life begins.