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 wellbeing of the entire community of people affected 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 every day, just differently. It’s a team effort!
Our wellbeing officers are trained in various therapeutic approaches, drawing heavily from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Our team can work alongside you to help build your emotional and social wellbeing and promote “Psychological Flexibility”. What does psychological flexibility look like?
We work with clients to develop a pattern of awareness that allows them to feel grounded and attuned to their sensory experiences
Connecting with Values
We unveil what is most important to you and allow you to connect to a deeper sense of what matters
We can assist you to take steps towards your valued goals, even if uncomfortable feelings and thoughts have previous prevented you from taking action
Understanding the Self
We aim to connect people with their 'observer self'. This is where our thoughts and feelings can be held at a distance, allowing us to notice them without judgement
We co-facilitate a process where thoughts can be understood in a broader context, allowing for proactive rather than reactive action
We help explore what is in your control, what you have influence over, and what sits outside your circle of control.
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.
Referrals to our wellbeing officers are simple and require a referral form to be completed and sent to: [email protected] Self-referrals are accepted.