Occupational Therapy, Skills for the Job of Living:
NOTE: Please be aware that my part-time service is pausing as I complete a Masters in Occupational Therapy. I will resume in September, 2017. My website will remain active if you need to contact me to ask a question or to have help connecting with a therapist. Although I maintain complete confidentiality of your initial contact emails to me, email itself has inherent limits to its security. My new location is posted under the “Schedule, location and fees” tab. Also note the “Welcome” tab.
If you are in urgent need please contact the Distress Centre (Calgary) at 403 266-HELP (4357).
Hakomi Calgary directs you to Calgary 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”.
Structure is what allows a beautiful house to stand. Routine is simply the structure of time. Structure is the base of design, creativity and life. Why do we often consider Structure and Routine lesser? Perhaps they are the spine of freedom. Thanks to conversations that give me a pause. Using some discipline ensures we have time for the important people and projects. Knowing when to drop discipline is an art!
This is from an article that describes the basic work of a therapist and a client engaged in the Hakomi approach to psychotherapy. Interestingly, occupational therapy is also about seeking full personhood through experiencing ‘fit’ between one’s environment, one’s jobs and duties and one’s skills and attitudes (one’s self). People want to know they are whole. In discovering how to best create a good fit, the experience-in-the-body approach of Hakomi are a unique guide.
The basic work of health professionals in general and psychotherapists in particular is to become full human beings and to inspire full human beingness in other people who feel starved about their lives. —Chogyam Trungpa, Full Human Beingness (3)
“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”
― Mary Oliver
“I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.”
― Mary Oliver
Something on the radio, caught my attention a few weeks ago and has stayed with me:
Do we make our stories, or do they make us? Rebecca Solnit, writer-in-residence in Iceland, was being interviewed about her tale of receiving, suddenly, 100 pounds of apricots from her previously dismissive mother.
Listen to the interview at 1:31:17