Mental Health 

Be Inspired Group (BIG) provides individual and group based mental health services to help you to live the life you aspire to live by helping you to manage the challenges and difficulties in your life.   Mental Health is a complex area as there are many elements that affect it such as your physical health, emotional health, thinking patterns, behavioural responses to situations and stresses, life balance, relationships, attitude, and sense of purpose.   Our experienced Occupational Therapist can provide:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Counselling
  • Psycho-education
  • Health and life Coaching
  • Trauma informed therapy
  • Holistic assessment of functional ability
    • To help identify barriers to you being able to do the activities that you need to do and want to do (ie at home, work, social and leisure). 
    • Working collaboratively with you to develop a therapeutic plan to build your skills, confidence and abilities to better manage your health and improve your independence and quality of life.
    •  Making recommendations for other supports and services to help you.
  • Further details about the types of approaches and strategies are detailed below

Mental Health Issues are Normal

Just like physical illness, mental illness is very common. Approximately 50% of Australians will experience at least one period of mental illness in their lifetime with 20% of Australians (aged 16-85) experiencing a mental illness in any given year. The two most common mental illnesses are depression and anxiety. Although a societal shift is taking place, the stigma associated with mental illness is still significant. 54% of people with mental illness do not access any treatment which is half that compared to help seeking behaviours for physical disorders.


Impacts of Mental Health Illness

Mental health issues can significantly impact quality of life if not managed. The impacts can negatively spiral into all areas of a person’s life such as their physical health, work and income, ability to look after themselves, sleep, relationships, interests and motivation. However, learning ways to manage mental health issues can significantly reduce or even eliminate symptoms and enhance quality of life.

If you are experiencing any of the following conditions or issues and want support to improve your resilience and wellbeing, then consider making an appointment.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety, PTSD and phobias
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stressed and overwhelmed
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Relationship issues
  • Lack of life purpose
  • Poor coping skills
  • Poor self-esteem, feelings of inadequacy, loneliness
  • Chronic diseases or chronic pain
  • Loss of role (e.g. worker, partner, caregiver)
  • Lifestyle issues (eg weight loss, smoking cessation)
  • Difficulties with activities of daily living or functioning within work, home, social or recreational environments

Types of approaches

Sessions are individually tailored and will depend upon your goals,  situation, issues, context, strengths, capacity and readiness to make changes.  Therapy may involve the use of psychological strategies or utilise other functional and practical strategies to enhance your independence and capacity.

Focussed Psychological Strategies

  • Psychoeducation
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Solution focussed counselling
  • Behavioural interventions
  • Mindfulness
  • Skills training (ie problem solving, assertiveness skills, anger management, communication skills)
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Building confidence and self-efficacy

Other Strategies

  • Health coaching and behaviour change
  • Chronic disease self-management
  • Functional assessment
  • Goal setting and relapse prevention
  • Activity scheduling and graded activities
  • Pain and fatigue management strategies
  • Building routine and structure
  • Supporting re-engagement in purposeful activities
  • Sleep strategies
  • Sensory modulation
  • Activity analysis and adaptation
  • Home visits and equipment prescription
  • Nature Therapy
  • Virtual Reality (VR) Therapy

How does it work?

  • Be Inspired Group offers a flexible service which can be tailored to meet your individual needs.
  • We can provide telehealth or face to face sessions from our office in Wynn Vale, or at your home, workplace or a place of your choosing.  
  • You can  choose the frequency of your sessions and this can include phone and email support options.
  • For NDIS clients, we usually do home visits and can develop a therapy program for you as part of your NDIS plan.