“Our greatest glory is not in failing, but in rising up every time we fail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Recovery is such a ‘rise after our health fails us.’ This is often defined as a process in which you take an active part in getting as well as you possibly can be, accepting unavoidable limitations, and focusing on the many possibilities of what you can do to lead a satisfying life.
Recovering and humanistic care to get better after an episode of mental illness is more likely if you know where to go and what treatment and support you are entitled to. This page summarises what sort of services are available to help you do this. Many of us firmly believe mental health recovery is possible, and is a goal we all will head towards, despite the nature of our illness. Many Australians do not believe recovery from mental illness is possible. This, of course, is a myth. Evidence suggests that over 70 % of people with mental health problems recover and get on with their lives (WA Mental Health Commission).
At MARSAI Clinic, we constantly focus on recovery as the ultimate goal for our journey. Every year, we close many patients’ files, as they seem to get along with their lives and leave behind with us some interesting stories of their battle with their illnesses. These stories often help our conviction that getting better is inevitable if we try hard.
‘The outcome defines the process,’ as the philosophers say. We believe in this principle.
At our clinic, we believe in humanistic care principles. This follows the Jaspers and Oslers’ Medical Humanism’ model. We believe in the following:
- One of the main important petals of this flower is BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, which is what we Doctors often deal with. But that is not enough to effectively ‘heal’ the afflicted. We do believe in the principle “The social power to define and categorise another persons’ experience is not a power to be ignored … in order to support persons who are trying to recover, we must attend to the fullness of their experiences, and not be distracted by their medical diagnoses.” McGruder 2001.
- At MARSAI, we work in the SPIRIT of TOTAL HEALING and go the extra yard with our patients to take them to their goal of ‘full recovery from their mental health issues.’
- Promote a culture of HOPE
- Promote autonomy and self determination
- Collaborate with patients, families, carers and significant others
- Holistic and personalised care
- Responsiveness to diversity
- Reflection and learning
Dr Guha uses an easy to follow, narrative approach during his consults. It entails telling your story, and then reflecting on it to analyse the ‘needs’, ‘complexities’, ‘responses’, ‘meanings’, and then formulating some action plans to follow. He also sometimes requests his clients to document their thoughts and feelings through journaling. This allows a perspective to develop, and engages clients in self reflection.
Dr Guha matches his eclectic and unique interviewing style to engage in his analysis and therapy. Therapy is time bound, but often addresses patient concerns and issues within the time allocated.
Dr Guha always attempts to maintain punctuality and respects his clients’ time. Further clinical reviews are decided by the clients, not Dr Guha. He strongly believes in ensuring client autonomy in collaboratively determining your ongoing treatment parameters.
‘Everything is up for discussion,’ is his favourite statement.
Confidentiality is always maintained.
If you feel your journey to recovery is not where it should be, please obtain a referral. We promise ‘nothing’ but be assured we will try to do ‘everything’ possible for you. We want to be part of your ‘story’. Your ‘success story!’