The following programme information is applicable should you come to us via a referral from a healthcare professional or from your own personal referral when we have been able to set the diagnosis stress-related exhaustion disorder.
The foundation to the rehabilitation programme takes place in groups with additional individual support from an occupational therapist and psychologist. However, due to fluctuation in demand for rehabilitation in English, it may be offered individually instead.
We look at the interaction between the body and that which you do, think and feel and how you can influence this interaction. You get the opportunity to learn more about your own personal behavioural patterns and how they impact you. You will be able to consciously choose to do more of what works well and change what you notice works less well.
The treatment is active, and you are expected to test different methods and practice new skills between the sessions to enable you to find those specific tools that suit you best so that you are better able to deal with the stress in your life and thereby improve your recovery. You will notice that we focus a lot on experience-based exercises rather than lectures. These exercises can be adjusted according to specific individual needs and state of health.
Physical therapists aid you in balancing the appropriate level of physical activity, which is an essential part of rehabilitation. You get to practice breathing, relaxation and body awareness exercises as muscle tension and inhibited breathing are common with prolonged stress. Releasing the body from these tensions promotes well-being and the healing process. We pay attention to the balance in the body and on breathing.
One of our occupational therapists will guide you through making adjustments in everyday life (home and work situation as well as leisure activities) with the aim of establishing a more long-term and sustainable occupational balance. Support is also provided with regards to returning to work. Individualised strategies and techniques are used based on the individual’s specific situation, resources and difficulties to ensure that the transition back to work is as smooth as possible.
Additionally, we have two interdisciplinary team rehabilitation meetings with you. The first one takes place in the middle of your rehabilitation to review progress and the other at its conclusion. At the latter we summarise your treatment progress, recommend complementary interventions where appropriate and write a referral response to your doctor and/or for you depending on which route you came to us. This summary is useful as support for the doctor who takes over sick leave responsibility after the treatment period.