OT, Skills for the Job of Living

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Welcome,

pottery-and-aunt-helen-025.jpgSometimes parts of yourself become disconnected. Your hopes become separated from your life facts. With compassion and skill, I can tend to disconnection and help loosen what is stuck. We will look, together, at what your hopes and fears are saying.

I have a part-time practice and can be reached via: HakomiOT@gmail.com or (403) 903-7946. Please feel free to introduce yourself to me if you are looking for a therapist. Although I maintain complete confidentiality of your contact emails or phone to me, email itself has inherent limits to its security.

Scroll down to posts for grounding and breath exercises to increase in-the-moment coping. For urgent help: Calgary Distress Centre at 403-266-4357; guide them how to help.

As a Registered Occupational Therapist and Certified Hakomi Therapist, I orient my private practice of psychosocial Occupational Therapy to best fit your mental health needs. My body-focused approach addresses your day to day performance and satisfaction. I invite you to explore my website or, simply call or email.

Please contact me if you are looking for someone to help with the following issues:

  • Difficulty managing stressful situations – life crises
  • Trouble fitting in socially, or struggles with relating to others
  • Out of control emotions, or numbness
  • Anxiety &/or Sadness and depression
  • Suicidal thoughts (with and without attempts or self harm)
  • Issues related to trauma
  • Problems coping or functioning at work
  • Transitions/phase of life issues

Hakomi Calgary  highlights therapists who work in this model. Hakomi Mindfulness-Centred Somatic Psychotherapy comes from “Hakomi” (Ha-ko-mee), a Hopi Indian word meaning “where do I stand in relation to these many realms”.

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Dealing with Overwhelm

Grounding exercises for when you feel un-anchored or are experiencing overwhelm, mild or strong dissociation or other challenges with staying present. This is from a website directed towards men and male experiences with mental health issues stemming from abuse or adversity. Yet, there is much relevant for any human being. (See the “no straight lines” video about maps.) Visit here when you need some reminders of grounding exercises to try – find the ones that suit you.

 

Breath-work

Last week I saw a video of a therapist reviewing and teaching a type of breath-work that involved a person pushing breath out strongly by pinching in their abdominal muscles. The instructions also involved acting as if one is blowing out a candle that is about arms length away. She suggested to re-seed one’s breath and reset an upset system by attempting to blow out this imaginary candle about 10 times, before your body may allow you to move into deeper, intentional breathing. It was a good video, but I should have noted its location (URL) at the time.

However, this simple list from “The Utopian Life” also appears to be quite good. If you have success with it, feel free to email me with what you notice. (I’m getting no payment for mentioning them. Check out their site if you wish).

Also, this simple one. Try it:

 

Real

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust, as quoted in “A General Theory of Love”

I’m attaching two links to Tara Brach’s page. The two short meditations I reference below are intended for those beginning mind-body practice, yet I suspect could be useful to anyone so inclined.