For NDIS participants, psychologists can help you work out your specific needs and difficulties so that you can better achieve your goals. If you’re seeing a psychologist for the first time as a part of your NDIS plan, here is what you can expect.
How Psychology and NDIS Works
To include psychology, or psychological support, in your NDIS plan, your disability must have a significant impact on your ability to manage day-to-day life. As such, accessing psychology can help you improve your quality of life.
Psychologists are trained to provide support for all types of disability – both physical and cognitive conditions. They cater to your needs and help you develop and work towards your goals through therapy, assessments, evidence-based psychological management and intervention.
These can include goals such as:
- Becoming more independent
- Developing practical or new skills
- Learning how to better understand your emotions and how to regulate them
- Improving your ability to make decisions and participate in your community
Psychologists can also help you gain access to other types of NDIS support, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and so much more.
What should I expect at my psychology appointments?
A psychology appointment can consist of anything from talk therapy to hands-on activities, worksheets, hypothetical scenarios and role-playing. They can be face-to-face or remote, and if your funding allows it, you can also meet your psychologists as frequently or infrequently as you wish. What matters most is what you’re comfortable with and what will have the best outcome for you, and your psychologist will tailor the session around that.
Your first psychology appointment is all about getting to know you, your goals, motivations and needs. This is a session where we learn a bit about your history and how you see yourself and explore more about the areas you’re seeking support for to create your treatment plan.
This, and your following appointments, is your opportunity to talk about what’s been on your mind and any struggles you might have, past and present. Your psychologist will help work through these issues with you and offer strategies that assist with managing them long-term.
In some appointments, your psychologist might want to conduct an assessment. They can be conducted through informal tests and surveys, interviews, looking at school or medical records and taking medical evaluations and observational data. Having all this information from a psychology assessment together helps your psychologist determine a better understanding of you, your needs and the best next steps for your future appointments.
Enaaly Wants the Best for You and Your Psychology
No matter what you choose, what matters most to our psychologists is that you make choices that are most comfortable for you and your needs. For more information on how psychology works in your NDIS plan, you can make a referral and contact us today.