Co-Practicing and a Collaborative Environment for Mental Health Practitioners

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Being a mental health practitioner opens up a world of opportunities to interact with people from all walks of life and provide support and assistance for the end goal of recovery. This profession comes with the responsibility to be true, genuine, and sympathetic to clients who have different magnitudes and aspects of mental illnesses. Being a good listener, a shoulder to lighten their emotional weight, an advocate of mental healing, and a provider of solutions, these are the attributes that need to be present when in this line of work. Clients have to be comfortable and have faith in the practitioners’ methods and their angles of problem solving, because without trust in the process, these sufferers of mental illnesses can only stay stagnant in their situations.

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Professionals in the field of mental health more often that not also need to live in an ecosystem of fellow practitioners to thrive in. Much like their clients, these practitioners also need each other for support, varying viewpoints on certain subjects, external objectiveness, and generally an outlet to define their works’ effectiveness and plausibility. With more opinions and by interacting with fellow professionals, there is a collaborative system to identify new ideas and approaches which will ultimately benefit their clients. This is especially effective in the scenarios where certain treatments and methods don’t seem to work the way they are intended to, or where there are clients who have unique and more complicated needs. As much as mental health practitioners are problem solvers for their clients, there will also come times where they themselves need external aid, or at least an outside opinion, to push their work further and be efficacious in their field of work. With teamwork and constant interchanging of viewpoints and problem solving utilities, there will be a pillar of mutual reinforcement that will undoubtedly prove to be rewarding and beneficial to not only their clients, but also for the practitioners themselves.

The Benefits of a Co-Practice Space

There are a few prominent benefits of practicing in a shared space. The first would be referrals. As therapists, coaches, and psychologists each have their own expertise and approaches for their clients, these angles of problem solving can sometimes be one-tracked and funnelled only by what these practitioners know and hold close to them. The option to further enhance their clients’ treatments exists when working in an environment with different professionals in different fields. Their specific skillset works in their own way, and is definitely effective in its cause, but there will be times where it may not be best to keep it within that bubble. When this situation arises, it’s a good opportunity to refer their clients to each other, with the goal to further propel the treatments for a better and more holistic outcome. Providing different angles of solutions is a core factor in helping patients achieve the plateau of solving their complications and garnering a wider spectrum of support systems.

 

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The next benefit of a co-practice space stems from the convenience of having fellow practitioners be there for each other when difficult scenarios and problems arise. An external viewpoint and opinion can make a huge difference in helping these professionals incubate effective solutions for their clients. Having colleagues who all work towards the same cause of mental treatment for its people will accentuate an environment where each individual practitioner can provide a back and forth interaction with each other, to nurture a collective entity of problem-solving subjectivity. Co-practicing brings forth an outlet for these practitioners to share ideas, new methods, and possible solutions that may have not been internalised by each individual yet. Sometimes when working within a straight line, there tends to be cases where a tunnel-vision blocks out other aspects of treatment which can not only amplify the positivity in the craft, but also be a building block for a full spectrum of service that will greatly aid their clients’ healing journey. These co-practitioners need to have an open mind towards each other’s thoughts and approaches as this way of working together will provide better angles to defeat the mental struggles of their patients.

One more benefit would be shared community engagement in such a co-practicing space. These practitioners can share their resources, problem-solving techniques, and tools with each other to further propel their expertise with an array of varying viewpoints and solutions. They will have the opportunity to learn and grow from interactions, elevating their individual fields of profession to another level. With such a prominent level of community interaction and a sharing mindset, coupled with group events and such, these professionals will be given the chance to experience new solutions and grow together towards the end goal of helping sufferers of mental illnesses identify, treat, and livewith their conditions.

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Closing

We are all human, and we need each other to elevate ourselves emotionally and professionally. Co-existing and working in a community environment is paramount to the success of battling mental illnesses as a team of people working towards the same objective. Having access to different perspectives from different people with varying fields of expertise will prove to be an asset in these modern times when everything is just not that simple. People are more exposed to reality and life itself with technology, ever-changing mindsets, and society’s demands, and these are factors which cause doubt and emotional jargon to live in the minds of mental illness sufferers. A co-practice space has the potential to be a platform for professionals to push their boundaries by learning from and helping each other, working towards the mutual idea of mental clarity and peace for their clients. As these professionals help their patients move forward in their battle against their mental Illnesses in their own individual practices, there will always be more that can be done to elevate their treatments. This is where teamwork and professional interactions with people who share the same ideals as each other come into play. There is something amazing about learning from each other, and in this case, it could and will be an initiative that just works.

A Word From A Space Between

A co-practice space can set the foundation for professional growth and provide holistic care for people who suffer from mental illnesses. Being in a mutually supportive environment can positively impact and benefit both the practitioners as well as their clients.

There are spaces to use and share at A Space Between that can fit your various needs for conducive sessions with clients.

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A Space Between provides flexible co-working office spaces for rent to therapists and other professionals in Singapore.
A Space Between is a destination for mental health therapy activities. Counsellors utilise our many conducive therapy rooms for consultations. Located conveniently downtown and offering your independent therapists rent by the hour, we house many professional mental health practitioners, including LGBTQ+ friendly ones. To find out more about the therapists practising in A Space Between, write to us at [email protected].
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