At THRFG Parkinson’s, our Wellbeing Officers are responsible for providing counselling, education and wellbeing support – specialising in anxiety, trauma, stress and resilience.
The Parkinson's Community
Just as THRFG Parkinson’s is committed to supporting people living with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions, our Wellbeing Officers, too, are passionate about the holistic well-being of the entire community of people affect by Parkinson’s and other related disorders.
Family, friend and partners are also included in the definition of ‘people living with Parkinson’s’. Whether through relationship or by choice, anyone who lives with an individual diagnosed with Parkinson’s or other related conditions is also living with it ever day, just differently. It’s a team effort!
The Five Pillars of Focus
When working with people experiencing physical, emotional and mental stress, our wellbeing officers will work through 5 key pillars of focus to restore, enhance and maintain well-being. These are …
1. Social Connection
Research shows that maintaining a strong social circle is foundational to all other areas of well-being and is a core component of an individual’s resilience quotient (RQ).
2. Mental Toughness
Being able to recognise distorted thinking styles and developing strategies to re-frame the way we view life circumstances is a skill to strengthen not a character trait that is inherited.
3. Physical Endurance
The first and most powerful response to any stress, real or perceived is physical, so it stands to reason that learning how stress impacts you physically and how to manage this effectively is a powerful coping tool.
4. Emotional Regulation
It has been said that it is not your IQ that determines your success and enjoyment in life, rather it’s your EQ-your ability to manage your emotions, having the capacity to ‘calm the farm’ and focus on what is really important in the moment.
5. Meaning and Purpose
What is really important to you? What gives your life meaning and purpose? Recognising that your values act as your rudder, your compass and your stabiliser in life. We need to connect and strengthen those things in our life and character that are most important to us.
Tamika holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Master of Social Work and a PhD in Organisational Sociology. She has worked across a variety of non-for-profit sectors, including child mental health, residential care, crisis support, community development, disability and drug and alcohol counselling.
Tamika utilises a strengths-based, person-centred and systemic approach to deliver wellbeing support that considers the whole person. Specifically, she draws from humanistic therapeutic approaches to provide collaborative and tailored interventions that focus on cognition, value systems and meaning making.
Tamika is responsible for providing education, support and advocacy for people living with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders, as well as working collaboratively with their family and carers. Tamika can assist with the often invisible but equally important non-motor symptoms that can be associated with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders, such as depression, apathy, anxiety and existential grief.
Narelle Completed the Bachelor of Applied Science in Disability Studies in 2010 and has worked across a variety of roles in the disability sector including direct support, support coordination, Day program development and management, regional coordinator for a disability provider and after-hours escalation management.
She had considerable experience within the NDIS and in gaining positive outcomes from the system. She is passionate about education and how information and understanding can assist a person to make informed choices and improve their quality of their life
Narelle is responsible for the education and support of people with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders and their family/carers. She can assist people to better manage their condition and support them in accessing appropriate support through referrals and connections with available services. Her experience in working with the NDIS will support clients to better understand their funding and how it can be utilised.