News and events News What do I learn from a Bridges recovery coach? Recovery coaching isn’t about learning from anyone. This process is about you. Maybe the better question is what a recovery coach learn from you? The recovery coaching process is tailored and individualised to your goals. Because of this, your recovery coach will get to know you and your strengths. What has worked for you in the past and what may not have worked so well. From this you and your coach can develop a plan that can be used to help you reach the goals you have chosen. Like all plans, it will need tweaking. Recovery coaching: what is it, really? For many, the words “recovery coaching” doesn’t mean a whole lot. It doesn’t tell you what you are recovering from, nor does it share what you may be working on. So, recovery coaching is a recovery-oriented process where the “coach” works with you to on your identified goals, and map out a path that allows you to meet those goals. If you haven’t read out blog about what recovery coaching is, check it out here. What do we mean by recovery-oriented process or practice? Our team will talk a lot about recovery-oriented practices when it comes to recovery coaching, and our other services. It is a practice that Bridges clinicians use frequently, and something that we believe deeply in. Essentially, it is a practice where the participant is in complete control over their recovery and the decisions that are made through the process. This means, a Bridges team member will never tell you how to be you. We will, take the time to talk to you about what is important to you and what is concerning you. In doing this we can work together to make life a little easier and help you get what you have identified as your goal. But, at the end of it all, it’s always your choice as to what step you take next. Because we firmly believe that you are the expert in your recovery, and in your life. I’ve got my coach, what happens now? Once you have selected the organisation and recovery coach that’s right for you, your recovery coach will sit down with you to listen to understand what your goals are. This is when the fun begins. You, your recovery coach, and the rest of your team will explore the best way for you to achieve your goal(s) are, and what strategies may help you to achieve them. Goals will change based on your individual circumstances. But a goal may look like: Trying something new that you’ve always wanted to do Doing weekly grocery shopping independently once a week Getting on the bus to go down to the town centre for coffee each morning Preparing a cooked meal for the family Feeling motivated in your daily life While some of the above goals may not be relevant to you, we hope it shows you that goals in the recovery coaching world do not need to be big or small; they just need to matter to you. For some, it may not even be the goal that’s the motivating factor. It may just be that sense of achieving. Afterall, everyone wants to feel a sense of achievement in their life. Although it is still a new service within the NDIS, the team at Bridges are confident in their practice and the people we work with are seeing positive outcomes each day. To speak with a Bridges recovery coach, give our team a call on 1300 707 655 and ask for our NDIS team. If you would prefer to email a team member, please email us at: [email protected].