Melbourne Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling

NDIS

An embodied philosophical approach encompasses therapeutic recovery-oriented support programs such as individual counselling, family counselling, recovery support programs and educational, therapeutic group work programs for individuals living with chronic illnesses, complex mental heath conditions and psychosocial disabilities. A family systems, life span approach including working systemically provides a framework to understand the person-in-environment context.  This multi-focussed approach includes knowledge of human functioning and behaviour, mental health conditions, psychiatric treatment and psychosocial recovery models, including how socioeconomic, legal and cultural factors interact and impact on individuals and their families across the lifespan.  An improved psychosocial disability stream considers the lived experience of those living with psychosocial disabilities, mental health practitioners and services which provides holistic, innovative recovery treatment programs to support integration towards independence and positive well-being. It is on this premise that the following psychosocial supports are offered:​

Therapeutic Supports

Individual Counselling

  • Psychosocial disabilities & mental health conditions including co-morbidity issues 

  • Grief, bereavement and loss issues associated with adjustments to disability 

  • Anxiety management and emotional regulation strategies

  • Social skills training and independent living strategies 

  • Trauma resolution arising from abuse, neglect, family and sexual violence

  • Psychoeducation on living with psychosocial disabilities

 

Family Counselling

  • Grief, bereavement and loss issues impacting on family relationships & interpersonal relationships  

  • Family recovery support programs - carers mental health and well-being 

  • Managing with family dynamics and life transitions

  • Conflict management & resolution

Groups

  • Carer recovery support groups

  • Psychoeducation on living with disability

  • Psychosocial educational & therapeutic groups

  • Training & education programs to build workforce capacity

Innovative Community Participation

  • Arts Therapy - Dance Movement Therapy

Referral Process

Complete the NDIS Online Referral Form.

Alternatively, manually complete the NDIS Client Referral Form (download a copy here) and forward to Melbourne Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling via email.

Upon receipt of the referral, we get in touch to discuss individual goals for therapeutic supports and recovery.

A Service Agreement including Practice Standards, Confidentiality and Cancellation policy will be onforwarded.

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Download a copy of the Service Agreement below.

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Melbourne Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling

Somatic Movement Psychotherapy 

Somatic Movement psychotherapy is an expressive arts form that uses body-oriented psychotherapy based on psychology, humanistic and existential therapies. It focuses on unifying the cognitive, emotional, psychological and spiritual expressions of the individual’s lived experiences through improvised movement and dance. An individual’s lived experiences or narrative is often expressed through the body, how a person moves reveals their inner psyche as it is communicated through breath, body posture, muscular tension and somatic responses. A person’s relational style is also found in psychological wounds, injuries and trauma which are all contained within the body. Healing psyche wounds or physical trauma is through accessing the innate wisdom of the body.

It is through integrating the expressive and experiential arts – movement that restoration of health is possible towards more of an embodied self.

Therapeutic Aims

  • improvised movement releases life force and vitality that includes images from everyday life, mask work, combined with expressive movement that leads to emotional connections, self-expression and catharsis.

  • breathe, body posture (attitudes), movement patterns reveals communication styles and narratives.

  • expression of bodily felt sensations and body memories.

  • improved capacity of body functioning through expansion of movement repertoire

  • supportive therapeutic processes grounds the work towards recovery and wellness.

Facilitator

Sharon trained in Integrative Dance Therapy with the German Society for Dance Therapy in association with the European Academy Psychosocial Health and Fritz Perls Institute.