FAQ

1. How do I decide between OT and Intuitive Services? 

Here is a comparison of my services. I offer a Free 15 minute Discovery Call if you have further questions!

 

OT Services

Intuitive Services

Might be covered by insurance

Yes

No

Are eligible “Medical Expenses” according to CRA

Yes

No

Clients live

In Ontario Only*

Anywhere

Intake and Consent Forms Required

Yes

Yes

Assessment Process

Interview/Clinical Observations

Intuitive/Soul-Directed

Treatment Modalities

Primarily Research/Evidence-based

Energy Medicine (research emerging, difficult to measure using scientific method)

*I am registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario; therefore, I can only work as an OT with clients who are residents of Ontario.

 

2. What will my first OT session be like (for adults)?

 I will ask you what you wish or intend to get out of the session. I will fully explain the assessment and treatment process to you, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions before we begin. Once you have given your consent, my assessment will include listening carefully to your story and tuning into the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energetic aspects of your unique situation. Based on what I find, my recommendations may include one or more of the following: treatment, consultation, or referral to another practitioner. If future sessions are recommended, I will explain the treatment plan and process to you. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions before you give your consent to proceed with the proposed treatment.

3. What will my first OT session about my child be like? (Note: Child does not attend the first session.)

One or both parents may attend, or any other significant adults in your child’s life. I will ask you what your concerns are about your child. I will listen carefully to your story of your child and will consider the physical, sensory, emotional, mental, spiritual, developmental, social, situational (family and environmental) and energetic factors that are contributing to the issue(s). Based on what I find, my recommendations may include one or more of the following: a session with your child, a follow up session with parent(s) only,  consultation, or referral to another practitioner. If future sessions are recommended, I will explain the treatment plan and process to you. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions before you give your consent to proceed with the proposed treatment.

4. Why doesn’t my child attend the first session?

A few reasons. It is difficult for children to hear their parent(s) talk about their challenges in their presence. It is easier for parents to concentrate and be insightful when they do not need to attend to their children at the same time. By listening carefully to the parent’s story and intuitively accessing the child’s energetic body, I have access to all of the information “bits” I need to create a whole picture of the situation and a proposed treatment plan, when necessary.

Exception: If the child requires a feeding assessment, then s/he may attend a portion of the first visit so I can observe the physical skills of eating and the feeding relationship.

5. Can I stay in the room with my child if you need to work directly with him/her in future sessions? What would a session be like?

Parents can be a great source of comfort for many children. In this case, parents are most welcome to stay. If there is stress within the family, some children benefit from having a private session with me so they have an opportunity to fully express themselves. I am flexible to whatever works for each individual child.

A session with a younger child (developmentally 6 years old or younger) might look like I’m “just” playing and talking with your child. What is actually happening is that I am tuning in to your child’s needs, feelings, thoughts, actions and worldview. It is from this place of deep understanding that we can address the issue(s) at hand. For older children, the session would look more like an adult session (see above) with age-appropriate language and interaction. If parents are present, sometimes I will ask them to take part in some aspect of the treatment.

6. How many sessions do I (or does my child) need?

It depends. I know that’s not the answer you want to hear! I have had clients meet their goals in a single session, others I have seen more than once for a certain period, and others come back every now and then. There is no “recipe” or “treatment protocol” because people are unique, with individual preferences and experiencing the changing seasons of life.

In terms of some general guidelines:

  1. I typically don’t see the same client more than once a week to allow time for the physical body to adjust to the changes from the previous session
  2. The amount of time the client has been suffering with some issue does not necessarily mean that more sessions will be needed
  3. Most of the time I don’t recommend a time frame within which clients “should” come back. Instead, I encourage them to listen to their own wisdom around the timing of sessions. Exception: Feeding therapy clients who are following a specific treatment protocol may require weekly sessions, as per protocol.

7. How can my thoughts, feelings, and past experiences affect my physical body?

Thoughts, feelings and memories are powerful forms of energy. They shift your body physically into either a state of survival (feeling threatened) or a into state of wellness (feeling safe and calm). If you feel threatened (i.e., stressed), your body responds with increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, increased respiration, dilated pupils, slowed digestive functioning, increased blood flow to the extremities, increased release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Our bodies store these stressful experiences in the brain (as memories), in the body (as cellular memories), and in the energetic body. Our life force energy flow is disturbed. Chronic stress is linked to the most common causes of death including heart disease, cancer, and lung diseases.

For more information on the mind-body connection, visit Dr.Nadine Burke Harris’s TED talk on adverse childhood events, and the book “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

8. What is this “energy” that you work with?

Everything in the world is made up of energy, particles of information (“bits”) that are moving or vibrating. Everything, whether it be something something we hear (a doorbell), or something we see (a tree), or something that we can’t see (an emotion, a thought) — each thing has its own unique energetic vibration.

There are some “bits” of energy are vibrating either too low or too high in frequency to be easily measured by the 5 basic senses and the traditional scientific method of inquiry. If we consider these elusive energies as those that travel faster than the speed of light and transcend space and time, we enter into the realm of quantum physics.

When we consider the human body in terms of energy, we have the visible and measurable:

  • physical: cells and tissues that make up bones, muscles, organs, blood, etc.
  • electrical: measured by medical tools such as the electroencephalogram (EEG) and the electrocardiogram (ECG) which measure the electrical activity of the brain and heart

We also have an invisible and harder to measure energy, the life force energy. This is the vital energy that lives in every part of us, extends past our physical bodies, and transcends time and space. This energy is measured by magnetic devices (e.g., SQUID magnetometer) and by intuition. This is the focus of energy medicine.

9.  How do you treat someone over the phone or at a distance? Does it still work?

I am working with the energetic body. The energetic body exists both within and outside of the physical body, transcending time and space. The treatment is not “watered down” or any less effective than an in-person session. It is often easier for me to work intuitively at a distance, as I am not distracted by the physical dimension, which is why I only offer phone sessions for Soul Communication services.

10. Are you a healer?

It depends how you define healing. If healing means an instant cure that happens by some magical act by a “healer,” then I am definitely not a healer! If you view healing as the process of becoming whole, then maybe I am a healing “helper.” The true healer is the person seeking health and wellness. I use the title “Integrative Health Practitioner” rather than “Energy Healer” as I consider all aspects of the person: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic. I am like a giant flashlight–I can bring into awareness aspects of the person and offer treatment modalities that the person may not have previously seen or considered relevant to his/her health. I practice compassionate and non-judgmental presence in which clients can access their unique path to healing themselves (see Arthur’s story, for example). Often clients report that energy work feels “magical.” This is because we are working with the “invisible” energetic body, yet they are feeling tangible changes in their physical bodies or powerful shifts in their conscious awareness that defy the laws of physical existence or logical understanding.