At THRFG Stroke, our wellbeing officers are responsible for providing counselling, education and wellbeing support – specialising in anxiety, trauma, stress and resilience.
The stroke community
Counselling is available to all stroke survivors and their families / primary support person. These can be face-to-face or via telehealth to assist people impacted by stroke come to terms with what has happened to them.
The counselling sessions can help you explore issues such as loss and adjustment, relationships, understanding guilt and anger, building confidence and self-esteem.
The five pillars of focus
When working with people experiencing physical, emotional and mental stress, our wellbeing officers will work through five key pillars of focus to restore, enhance and maintain wellbeing. These are:
1. Social connection
Research shows that maintaining a strong social circle is foundational to all other areas of wellbeing and is a core component of an individual’s resilience quotient (RQ).
2. Mental toughness
Being able to recognise distorted thinking styles and developing strategies to re-frame the way we view life circumstances is a skill to strengthen not a character trait that is inherited.
3. Physical endurance
The first and most powerful response to any stress, real or perceived, is physical, so it stands to reason that learning how stress impacts you physically and how to manage this effectively is a powerful coping tool.
4. Emotional regulation
It has been said that it is not your IQ that determines your success and enjoyment in life, rather it’s your EQ (emotional intelligence) - your ability to manage your emotions, have the capacity to ‘calm the farm’ and focus on what is really important in the moment.
5. Meaning and purpose
What is really important to you? What gives your life meaning and purpose? Recognising that your values act as your rudder, your compass and your stabiliser in life. We need to connect and strengthen those things in our life and character that are most important to us.
Tamika holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Master of Social Work and a PhD in Organisational Sociology. She has worked across a variety of not-for-profit sectors, including child mental health, residential care, crisis support, community development, disability and drug and alcohol counselling.
Tamika utilises a strengths-based, person-centred and systemic approach to deliver wellbeing support that considers the whole person. Specifically, she draws from humanistic therapeutic approaches to provide collaborative and tailored interventions that focus on cognition, value systems and meaning making.
Tamika is responsible for providing education, support and advocacy for people affected by stroke, including family and carers.
Narelle completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Disability Studies in 2010 and has worked across a variety of roles in the disability sector including direct support, support coordination, day program development and management, regional coordinator for a disability provider and after-hours escalation management.
She has considerable experience within the NDIS and in gaining positive outcomes from the system. She is passionate about education and how information and understanding can assist a person make informed choices and improve their quality of their life
Narelle is responsible for the education and support of people affected by stroke. She can assist people to better manage their recovery and support them in accessing appropriate support through referrals and connections. Her experience in working with the NDIS will support clients to better understand their funding and how it can be utilised.
Referrals to our wellbeing officers are simple and require a referral form to be completed and sent to: [email protected]. Self-referrals are accepted.
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