Occupational Therapy

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
  • acupressure¬†
  • therapeutic use of self (providing a calm, compassionate, non-judgmental presence)