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What is 

Psychosocial Recovery


Psychosocial recovery coaching can support you with your recovery and is funded through your NDIS plan. Recovery means being able to live a purposeful and meaningful life. At Wellspace Australia we have a specialised and experienced team of Recovery Coaches with capacity to support you in your recovery. 


What is recovery?

Recovery can mean different things to different people, however, for many, recovery is about reaching goals, and the development of relationships and skills that support a positive life, with or without ongoing mental health symptoms.


The NDIA defines recovery as:

  • Achieving an optimal state of personal, social and emotional wellbeing

  • Being able to live a purposeful and meaningful life


What is a Recovery Coach?

Recovery Coaches are NDIS funded workers that have mental health knowledge and experience to support participants to take more control of their lives and to better manage the complex challenges of day-to-day living. Recovery coaches will work collaboratively with participants, their families, carers and other services to design, plan and implement a recovery plan, and assist with the coordination of NDIS and other supports.  

A Peer recovery coach is someone who also has lived experience of mental illness and recovery.

Recovery coaches should have:

  • A minimum of Certificate IV in Mental Health or Mental Health Peer Work or similar training

  • and/or

  • two years’ paid experience in supporting people with mental health issues.

  • Some recovery coaches may have other qualifications.  


What do Recovery Coaches do?

  • Teach participants how to implement the key concepts of recovery (hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy, and support) in their day-to-day lives

  • Help participants organise a list of their wellness tools—activities they can use to help themselves feel better when they are experiencing mental health difficulties and to prevent these difficulties from arising

  • Help participants identify their values and strengths and work towards a picture of the future

  • Assist each participant in creating a recovery and safety plan that guides the involvement of family members or supporters when the participant becomes unwell

  • Help each participant develop a tailored post-crisis plan to help the person return to wellness

Our dedicated Recovery Coaches will: 

  • Spend with you, and people important to you, to get to know you and understand your needs 

  • Aid you in finding out about different services and supports, and how these can help you

  • Assist you in getting support from mental health services

  • Help you better understand the NDIS and support you with the NDIS

  • You can choose a recovery coach with lived experience. A recovery coach with lived experience has their own lived experience of mental ill health and recovery and are able to use this experience to inform their work.


The Wellspace Australia Recovery Coaching Framework Incorporates;

  • Trauma informed care practices

  • The strengths-based approach

  • The Collaborative Recovery Model

  • Motivational interviewing


What is the difference between a therapist and a PRC?

Therapists are professionals who have studied human behaviour and emotions in depth, they are licensed to diagnose some mental health problems.

When it comes to psychologists, they are trained to identify patterns and certain habits that affect an individual’s life, they also use specific techniques to deal with trauma and promote healing. In some cases, therapists will need to delve into their patients past to find the connection to what is causing a reaction, emotion, or issue.

Recovery Coaches also receive training and invest in their education to be able to help their clients, however, a coach cannot “diagnose”, they cannot medicate, their main job is to share their clients’ journeys towards positive change, transformation, healthy habits and lifestyles.


our recovery coaches have capacity to help you:

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