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Psychosocial Recovery Coaching- What to Expect?

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If you or a loved one is dealing with mental health challenges, you may have heard of psychosocial recovery coaching. But what is it exactly, and how does it differ from other forms of support? In this blog post, we’ll explore the world of recovery coaching, including what it is, how it works, and what to expect from a psychosocial recovery coach. 

We’ll also discuss the differences between a support coordinator and a recovery coach, and the role of an NDIS psychosocial recovery coach. By the end of this post, you’ll have a better understanding of how recovery coaching can be a valuable resource for anyone seeking to improve their mental health and quality of life.

What is  recovery coaching?

Recovery coaching is a process that involves a trained professional supporting individuals who are in recovery from addiction, mental health challenges, or other life challenges. Recovery coaching is a client-centered approach that focuses on the client’s goals, strengths, and needs.

What is psychosocial recovery coaching 

Psychosocial recovery coaching is a specific type of recovery coaching that focuses on helping individuals with mental health challenges. It takes a holistic approach to recovery, addressing the social, emotional, and environmental factors that may impact an individual’s mental health.

What is the difference between a psychosocial recovery coach and support coordinator 

The main difference between a psychosocial recovery coach and a support coordinator is the focus of their work. A support coordinator helps individuals navigate the healthcare system and access services, while a recovery coach helps individuals develop skills and strategies for managing their mental health and achieving their goals.

What does an NDIS psychosocial recovery coach do?

An NDIS psychosocial recovery coach works with individuals who are eligible for NDIS funding to help them achieve their recovery goals. They may work with clients one-on-one or in group settings, providing support, education, and coaching around various aspects of recovery.

What is a recovery coach?

A recovery coach is an NDIS funded worker that has mental health knowledge. A recovery coach will:

  • spend time with you, and people important to you, to get to know you and understand your needs
  • help you to find out about different services and supports, and how these can help you
  • help you get support from mental health services
  • help you better understand the NDIS and support you with the NDIS.

You can choose a recovery coach with lived experience.  A recovery coach with lived experience has their own lived experience of mental ill health and recovery and are able to use this experience to inform their work.

What qualifications do recovery coaches have?

We recommend that the recovery coaches have a minimum of Certificate 4 in Mental Health or Mental Health Peer work or similar training and/or two years’ paid experience in supporting people with mental health challenges. 

Some recovery coaches may have other qualifications. It’s always good to ask about the qualifications and experience of your recovery coach. 


In conclusion, psychosocial recovery coaching is a valuable resource for individuals with mental health challenges who are seeking to improve their quality of life and achieve their goals. Recovery coaching provides a client-centered, holistic approach to recovery, and a trained professional can help individuals develop the skills and strategies needed to manage their mental health and achieve their goals.

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