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14 February 2020

Psychologists: What they do and how they can help you.

Psychologists can be an important source of mental health support for people with a disability.

Today, we continue our series on allied health professionals and how they can help by looking at psychologists.

For a quick recap on other allied health professionals, check out:

What does a psychologist do?

Psychologists are experts in human behaviour and specialists in memory, learning and development. They may work in hospitals, medical centres, community health services or private practice.

Psychologists can undertake specialised assessments and provide care that enhances overall wellbeing and confidence.

How can a psychologist help?

Psychologists can assist with a range of challenges and mental health concerns including:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Developing mental health treatment plans
  • Managing chronic illness
  • Positive behaviour support
  • Dealing with the impacts of social isolation
  • Managing the impact of autism and psychosocial conditions.

Psychologists and the NDIS.

The NDIS may cover visits to a psychologist if it is related to your goals, considered ‘reasonable and necessary’ and will help improve your day-to-day living.

For example, the NDIS may fund a psychologist to deliver a positive behaviour support program for an NDIS participant with autism who has set a goal to improve their behaviour in social settings.

In some circumstances, psychology and other mental health supports should be accessed through mainstream health networks. Your doctor or specialist can provide guidance on the best approach for your individual needs.

Our previous story, Psychosocial disability and the NDIS is also a handy reference.

Leap in! can help.

If you have any questions about psychologists and the NDIS, call us on 1300 05 78 78. You can also book your free NDIS pre-planning session or sign up to Leap in! plan management today.