Living with a chronic illness or disability can be challenging, but the effects may at times be more challenging than the difficulty itself. Other members of society, including family and friends, may view a disability as a defect or disadvantage, and many people may look at those who have a chronic illness or disability with pity.
What is rehabilitation psychology?
Rehabilitation psychology is the study and application of psychological principles on behalf of persons who have disability due to injury or illness. Rehabilitation psychologists, often within teams, assess and treat cognitive, emotional, and functional difficulties, and help people to overcome barriers to participation in life activities.
Fundamental to the approach is the focus on the emotional lives of people with a disability, an area often overlooked in service provision. Emphasis is placed on understanding the pain and distress of disability, which, as well as early and later life traumas, can exaggerate the original disability, further handicapping the individual. Rehab Psychotherapy works to enhance an individual’s emotional development and independence.
Who benefits from rehabilitation psychotherapy?
Rehabilitation psychology serves people across the lifespan affected by any injury or chronic condition that leads to disability.
Typical population groups include those with
- Traumatic brain injury,
- Spinal cord injury
- Sensory loss
- Burn injury
- Chronic pain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neuromuscular disorders.
Individuals with disability and their caregivers/ family members are served by rehabilitation psychologists.
Problems dealt by rehabilitation psychotherapy
The specialty of rehabilitation psychology addresses behavioral and mental health issues faced by individuals across the lifespan who are affected by any injury or chronic condition that leads to disability, including issues such as:
- Emotional coping, mental and psychological status.
- Behavior that promotes positive adaptation to disability.
- Minor adjustment issues as well as severe psychopathology.
Procedure of Rehabilitation Psychotherapy
- Administration of standardized and non‐standardized tests of cognitive and psychological functioning.
- Behavioral observation methods; and culturally sensitive interviewing techniques.
- Evaluation and treatment of both individual and family/caregiver coping and adaptation.
- Individual and group interventions including counseling and psychotherapy, cognitive remediation, behavioral management, enhancing use of assistive technology, and facilitation of healthy team functioning.
Rehabilitation psychotherapy in HHIRS
Helping hand relief and development organization has started clinical services in rehabilitation psychotherapy that involves.
- Well-trained and certified psychotherapist.
- Well established psychotherapy room.
- Standardized psychological tests.
We have inter-disciplinary team of physical therapists, speech-language pathologist, prosthetics n orthotics, occupational therapist and psychotherapist.
Our team of professionals work together on disability to make our patients more functional and independent in their life.