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Inform issue 22 – Autumn 2017

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In this edition of Inform we celebrate people out in their communities. We meet John who shares with us his determination which resulted in a new creative direction.

Psychology Services

Psychology Services Speak your mind One of the least-recognised aspects of disability is the psychological impact. For those who acquire a disability, it is often difficult to adjust to life when the way you do things and the way you feel about yourself has changed. Even for those who have lived their entire lives with a disability, each new phase of life such as leaving home, meeting a life partner, having children, or ageing will bring with it new challenges. The lives of your family members may also be affected in different ways. Our specialty is working with people with a spinal cord injury or people who’ve had polio, but we also offer counselling to people dealing with any form of physical disability. Our counselling service is for individuals, couples or families and can help you to achieve greater health, happiness and enjoyment in your lives. Who is eligible for this service? Anyone who has a physical disability and/or their family members. Children and teenagers may be referred on to more specialised child and adolescent services. How do I access the service? 1300 704 456 psychology@independenceaustralia.com independenceaustralia.com/services/psychology What services do we offer? Our psychology and counselling service offers assistance with the following: • adjustment to living with a disability • anger • depression • disability and ageing • family and relationship conflict • grief and loss • identity issues • intimacy and sexuality concerns • pain and fatigue • self-esteem • social isolation • stress and anxiety • thoughts of suicide; plus more We also offer different peer support groups and workshops. These vary in their focus and are specific to people with a physical disability and/or their family members. 22 Inform

How does therapy or counselling work? We offer a confidential, supportive and nonjudgemental counselling service. You can: • discover different perspectives on your situation • discuss choices or opportunities and gain insight into personal strengths and challenges • explore ways of coping with troubling emotions, thoughts or situations • gain a better understanding of what you are experiencing • seek feedback, information or support The goals of therapy are discussed in the initial sessions and are driven by your personal needs. The specific purpose or aim of any therapy will vary from person to person, and depends upon your situation and needs. Meet our psychology students Antonietta Scaffidi and May Cigdem are Provisional Clinical Psychologists commencing a placement at Independence Australia this year. Both women are in their final year of a Master of Psychology degree at Swinburne University and have long had an interest in health psychology. Their experience is varied and includes work in both hospital settings and community clinics with clients of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, with concerns including adjustment issues, anxiety disorders, depression, grief and loss, and a history of trauma. Antonietta and May aim to enhance the wellbeing of clients by increasing their resilience and allowing them to tap into their inner resources (using a strengthsbased approach) while navigating and connecting with external supports and other resources within our community. They also hope to assist clients in managing pain and stress, as well as teaching relaxation and mindfulness techniques, and becoming aware of unhelpful thinking patterns. Autumn 2017 23