The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the relatively new program developed by the federal government that people with a disability or medical condition can avail of supports and services to assist them in their everyday lives. These services and supports are usually administered by registered NDIS service providers and include a plethora of services including assistance with self-care and other daily tasks (e.g. household chores or home maintenance), transport, or therapeutic services such as psychology, speech therapy and occupational therapy. This article outlines how an NDIS psychologist can help NDIS participants deal with their personal issues and better manage their difficult thoughts, emotions or behaviours.
What is psychology?
An NDIS psychologist performs a professional, therapeutic role in their client’s life and can offer advice, support and therapeutic interventions to facilitate people and their families to better handle hardships and difficulties in their lives. A psychologist does not set out to merely dictate how a person should manage their problems, however they provide guidance and assist them to acknowledge, accept and deal with their problematic emotions or behaviours. A psychologist aims to support their client to make healthier decisions in their own life, and how to reduce or eliminate habits and behaviours that are often unhelpful or negatively impact on the person’s well-being.
Once the client’s history and needs are established, the goals for therapy can be developed, in consultation with the client as well as carers, parents or friends who play pivotal roles in their life. Therapy is often administered in a one-on-one setting, however can be done in small groups, such as family or group therapy. Psychologists frequently employ evidence-based therapies such as counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychotherapy, relationship counselling, or group or family therapy. In children, play therapy may also be used to better engage with the child.