Therapy Support

Samaritans has a team of qualified and experienced therapists who offer support as individual as you are. Our therapists work closely with each other to ensure you receive a cross discipline, holistic therapeutic support plan.

Samaritans professionals will work with you to identify your needs, hopes and dreams. We will then partner with you, your family, school or workplace to achieve these goals.

Therapeutic supports are delivered by Allied Health professionals to improve independence and skill development in daily and practical areas including:

  • Language and communication
  • Personal care
  • Mobility and movement
  • Interpersonal interactions
  • Community participation

At Samaritans we offer:

Psychology

Psychologists are experts in supporting people with learning, emotional and behavioural needs. They can provide you with:

  • Strategies and solutions to build and maintain emotional wellness
  • Counselling
  • Help with overcoming and addressing difficulties such as depression, anxiety and relationship issues
  • Assistance with behaviours of concern

Counselling and Social Work

Mental Health Social Workers are experts in assessing and treating individuals with psychological problems and mental health disorders. These social workers recognise the broader impact of an individual with a mental illness and the impact on friends, family, work and education. The treatment plan and strategies may involve family as well as individual and group therapy. They can assist you with:

  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Relationship problems
  • Life crises
  • Trauma
  • Family conflicts

Generalist Social Workers work with individuals, families, groups and communities in the context of their physical, social and cultural environments; their past and current lived experiences, and their cultural and belief systems. In all contexts, social workers maintain a dual focus on both assisting with and improving human wellbeing, and identifying and addressing any external influences that may impact on wellbeing or may create inequality, injustice and discrimination.

Our social workers can assist you with:

  • Advocacy: They champion the rights of the individual and speak on behalf of people we support when others will not listen or when the individual is unable to do so
  • Brokerage: They identify, locate and link people we support to needed resources in a timely fashion
  • Counselling: They assist people we support to articulate their needs, clarify their problems and explore resolution strategies.
  • Mediation: They intervene in disputes between parties to help them find compromises, reconcile differences and reach mutually satisfying agreements.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function.  They work with individuals from birth through to old age and assess and put into place treatment plans ranging from those for:

  • premature babies who require support to develop muscle tone and reflexes
  • young children who are not meeting movement milestones and require early intervention to ensure expected movement patters
  • individuals with sports injuries
  • individuals with a disability that effects movement
  • individuals with a diagnosis such as Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or Developmental Delay who benefit from tailored programs to develop muscle tone and improve motor skills
  • Elderly individuals who may be experiencing restrictions in movements

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists are experts in assisting the people we support to address their challenges and enhance their functional independence and daily living activities. Our experts assess an individual’s mobility and sensory needs. They work with individuals at every stage of life to:

  • Support the development of both fine and gross motor skills
  • Assist with aspects of social development such as sharing, turn taking and communication
  • Enhance sensory development and sensory integration such as taste, touch and smell.

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathologists are experts in addressing challenges with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. They work with the people we support at every life stage to:

  • Assess and provide programs for communications delays and disabilities
  • Assist those with problems with feeding and swallowing
  • Provide diagnoses and programs for those with specific diagnoses such as Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Dementia
  • Provide advice on improving and maintaining skills in the areas of communication, language development and literacy

Nursing

Primary Care Nurses adopt the definition of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Primary health care nurses are enrolled nurses, registered nurses and nurse practitioners. They work in a variety of environments such as:

  • Health promotion
  • Illness prevention
  • Rehabilitation and palliative care
  • Community development
  • Public health

Registered Nurses provide health care to individuals, families and communities. They provide services designed to promote health, prevent illness and achieve optimal health. Registered nurses:

  • Assess a patient’s health and needs : physical, emotional and psychological
  • Diagnose and develop a treatment plan in consultation with other medical and relevant professionals
  • Serve as a case manager to coordinate various aspects of care.
  • Administer, monitors and educates the people we support and their families about medications/therapies.
  • Work in a variety of environments including hospitals, clinics, home health and nursing homes.

Contact Details

Phone Number
1300 656 336
Contact Email
supportadvisor@samaritans.org.au

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