More than 4 million Australians live with some kind of disability. Isn’t that a daunting figure? And, only about 10% of that number are eligible to participate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Without question, people with a disability often face huge hurdles. Employment prospects, financial security, access issues and societal biases are just some of the obstacles that may impact an individual with a disability. On top of that, many will encounter feelings of isolation, frustration and loneliness. For some, it is a long journey of constant re-adjustment to remain as independent as possible. It’s a lot to cope with, perhaps even scary, especially if there’s uncertainty about who to reach out to for support. Talking with an experienced counsellor can be a positive step. Here are some of the ways counselling can provide effective therapeutic support to an individual with a disability…
- A safe, private and accepting setting to share your story.
- Access a supportive framework that facilitates positive change.
- Gain skills and strategies to overcome anxiety, depression and stress.
- Learn to manage grief and loss.
- Get help with developing a mindset that enhances wellbeing.
- Acquire communication skills to become more confident and assertive in relationships.
- Identify personal and societal barriers and learn techniques to overcome them.
- Get practical solutions for everyday problems.
- Discover how to keep motivated and increase resiliency.
- Clarify aspirations and set goals.
- Learn to embrace self-compassion, and redefine self-concept and self-identity.
- Gain empowerment and find a renewed sense of purpose.
Disability is just a health impairment in a person’s life, it is not the whole person. There are many types of disability. Everyone’s lived experience is different. A dozen people with the same disability will almost certainly be experiencing life differently. Whether we have a disability or not, there is a universal desire to lead a full, productive and meaningful life. A trained Counsellor therefore tailors therapy to meet the unique needs, challenges, experiences and aspirations of the individual. The approach is not about focusing on disability or limitations, but instead, encouraging enablement, and helping to highlight and strengthen the individual’s own resourcefulness, determination and positive abilities.