What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?
An “occupation” is any activity that you participate in (brushing your teeth, going to work/school, playing the piano, etc.). Occupational Therapy (OT) aims to improve participation in life’s activities, despite various limitations (physical, mental, social, cultural, or institutional). “Occupational therapists (OTs) help people to:
- learn new ways of doing things
- regain skills and develop new ones
- use materials or equipment that makes life easier, or
- adapt their environment to work better for them.
These solutions help people to do as much as they can – safely and effectively – at home, at school, at work or in other settings.” ~College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario~
The origins of OT are in mental health, “healing stress and soothing the mind;” today, only a minority of Occupational Therapists (OTs) work in mental health.
OT is often grouped with physiotherapy (PT) due to similarities in training, treatment processes, and treatment settings; however, the OT approach to the person is holistic and eclectic; it does not fit neatly into the medical model of health.
Currently, a Masters level of education is required to become an Occupational Therapist.
My Occupational Therapy (OT) Services:
My approach in working with adult clients is mindful, compassionate, and practical. I work alongside you to support change toward more functional, meaningful, and purposeful living. I offer a contemplative space for the joys and sorrows of living to be expressed. My special interest areas include: recovery from stress and chronic conditions (on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions), supporting mothers with post-partum issues, and working with clients with unique issues that have been resistant to conventional treatments.
Treatment modalities used include: mindfulness and/or sensory awareness activities, guided visualization, inner child & soul work, bodywork, acupressure and other energy medicine modalities, specific to your needs. I am a trauma informed and Internal Family Systems practitioner. Please visit my FAQ page for more details about a session.
My Therapeutic Approach involves:
- learning about what is important and meaningful to you
- listening to your unique story of how you came to be
- learning about your individual stress response system and how it communicates
- exploring stressful imprints that are stored in your brain, body, mind and spirit and how these impact your day to day functioning in the present
- facilitating recovery and healing from the stress of past or present experiences
- practicing new ways to be calm and focused, in present time
- discovering ways to engage in daily life activities with more function, purpose and ease
My Clients are Individuals who:
- are wishing to gain clarity, experience relief, and restore balance in their lives Check your work-life balance here
- are seeking new ways of recovery from childhood and developmental stress and trauma
- are struggling with stress-related symptoms such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, pain, and other “mysterious” symptoms that have been resistant to conventional treatments Check your stress score here
- are struggling with anxiety, depression or other mental health issues Check your mental health here
- want to learn to be more mindful, conscious, and intentional in their everyday lives
My Clients are Parents-to-be, Parents & Families who:
- want to learn how to support mental health from conception onward
- experienced a difficult pregnancy or birth that did not unfold as planned or expected, or having post-partum issues
- are seeking new ways to connect with their child’s mind and heart
- are seeking a fresh approach to parenting highly sensitive, spirited and gifted children
- are seeking a new approach to more mindful, peaceful and compassionate living