What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?
- an “occupation” is any activity that you participate in (self-care, work, school, play, etc.).
- Occupational Therapy (OT) aims to improve participation in life’s activities, despite various limitations (physical, mental, social, cultural, or institutional)
- 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
My Occupational Therapy (OT) Services:
The focus of my practice is on mental health and wellness promotion at all ages. My work has been influenced by: Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, Thomas Verny, Dan Siegel, Richard Schwartz, Kim Barthel, Jack Kornfield, and Thich Nhat Hanh, among others. I am a trauma informed and Internal Family Systems practitioner.
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
Treatment Modalities are chosen specific to your needs, and may include:
- play therapy (for children)
- mindfulness and/or sensory awareness activities
- guided visualizations
- inner child & soul work
- therapeutic use of self (providing a calm, compassionate, non-judgmental presence)