Have you experienced an event that has reduced your quality of life?
Maybe a chronic illness, an injury, or some other form of life crises.
An unexpected event that has compromised your lifestyle plans. This could be physical, emotional, social or be impacting all aspects of your life. You may be you are experiencing a chronic mental health issue.
Whatever the reason for this reduction in your quality of life, there are resources to support your transition back to a more fulfilling lifestyle.
Have you found yourself somehow compromised? Experiencing aspects of major barriers to retuning to your previously lifestyle? These may be physical, logistical or emotional. They maybe having a range of social effects upon your capacity to regain your place in the world.
You may have addressed some of the initial challenges such as treating the illness; containing the crises; or letting go of the previously harmful dynamic. You may have even mapped out the pathway back to your lifestyle.
But somehow you find yourself stuck with these barriers that “should “ not be so hard. Your goals may seem unreachable. Your friends and family while amazingly supportive (or not), may not really appreciate the internal struggles you are facing. You may yourself not appreciate the enormity of this internal resistance to moving forward.
There maybe a range of barriers. Some are very obvious. They may be physically evident, while others are more subtle or completely hidden (sometimes even from oneself).
You may find your capacity to create the structured pathway back to the lifestyle you desire to be too hard to do. You may find yourself derailed by the seemingly smallest obstacle.
The fear of relapse, or exacerbation of remaining pains can keep you from moving froward. IN fact sometimes the seemingly straight line has become quite elastic and every step seems to stretch it further.
If some or all of the above dynamics resonate with you, then Psychosocial rehabilitation can benefit you or your loved one.
YOUR UNIQUE PATHWAY FORWARD:
It has been identified that while most people desire to achieve “THE GOAL” of returning to their previous functionality, this is not always immediately the first step.
There are a range of barriers. It is important that each individual is assessed to gain understanding of what is their pathway forward.
There are clearly defined guidelines to recovery; however as each person is uniquely individual – so is their pathway.
The first step is to ascertain the potential capacity of the individual and then map out how to work towards this. Often an individual or support person sets too big a goal. And therefore the barriers to attainment are unintentionally increased.
What has been identified as more effective process is a structured supportive approach that addresses all aspects of the individual and their unique needs.
WHAT IT WILL TAKE:
The key elements in regaining your lifestyle are generally described as:
- Identifying and Reducing the barriers,
- Increasing the resources to support the individual re-entering their roles in life;
- Increasing their quality of life
- and finally exploring the potential of returning to work.
One commonly overlooked barrier is the the psychosocial elements in this “rehabilitation” process.
This aspect has been identified as specifically contributing to the process of gaining back your lifestyle.
Such elements include:
- fears of re-triggering or increasing symptoms,
- fearing and thinking the worst,
- focusing on what went wrong, who did it and more-so; What should have happened instead;
- beliefs relative to the “disability”.
These elements often increase the sense of being stuck and need careful professional attention.
HOW TO CREATE YOUR UNIQUE PATHWAY FORWARD:
Part of the process to “re-engagement for a fulfilling life, after the crises” involves key milestones including:
- specifically targeting the treatment of the physical risk factors,
- strategically structuring activities;
- graduated processes to engage in activities;
- gaining skills in appropriate goal setting, problem solving and self-motivation.
- AND more than anything; confidence in yourself and your future.
While these processes may seem easy, the art is in tailoring the process to the uniqueness of each individual.
In keeping with the intensity of the life challenges, regular psychological sessions are required to:
- Throughly asses the needs of the individual,
- Map out an individual intervention/rehabilitation plan
- And then follow through the process.
These sessions can be engaged by a range of options:
A: Private Psychological Sessions:
- General Psychological sessions can be engaged to explore the possibility of engagement with the process or merely to understand the core needs of the individual.
B: Engage with the PGAP Model:
As a PGAP (Progressive Goal Attainment Program) provider the recommended process is 10 sessions with the option to extend should further engagement be needed.
General Psychological sessions can be engaged to explore the possibility of engagement with the PGAP process.
C. Medicare Funded Sessions:
Medicare provide a rebate via a Mental Healthcare Plan for 10 sessions were calendar year. The GP provides the referral directly to the Psychologist.
D. Other Rehabilitation Service Providers:
Depending on how and what is the cause of the crises, as to what services may support your rehabilitation. If the crises is work related, then it your recovery maybe supported by your workplace. If this is the case, then you will need approval from your workplace to SECURE THEIR FUNDING for your rehabilitation process. They may or may not choose the PGAP model. Most workplaces will appoint an onsite Return-to-work co-ordinator.
Funding can be supported by a range of options.
- Medicare provide 10 rebated sessions of $84.80 per calendar year. This requires a GP referral.
- Workplace rehabilitation can fund sessions. This can be organised directly through your workplace or your rehabilitation officer.
- Private Health Insurance can offer a rebate according to your level of cover. No referral or approval is needed beyond claiming the paid invoice rebate back after the session.
- Some insurance and superannuation policies include funding for rehabilitation services.
- Individuals can independently fund their own interventions.
It must be noted that in most cases each individual session can only be claimed on one chosen funding support.
HOW TO START THE PROCESS:
Depending on which funding support pathway is chosen, determines what and how services are provided . And Therefore how the process begins. It is therefore recommended that an initial session be engaged directly with the psychologist to explore the options available for the individual.
It is always an option to privately pay for the initial session and then explore funding options with the service providers that you are liaising with.