Occupational Therapy

In Occupational Therapy the word “Occupation” refers to any human activity by which humans “occupy” themselves and create meaning. One of the key ideas of Occupational Therapy is the reality of the body-mind working together.

“Occupational Therapy works to find the best fit between the person and their socio-cultural and physical environments that encourages independence, involves appropriate level of support and provides satisfaction in life roles.”

“Occupational Therapy promotes the highest level of functioning in the areas of occupational performance: self care, productivity and leisure.”

“Occupational Therapy involves people in meaningful occupation to develop, improve, sustain and restore skill for the job of living.”

“Man [sic]*, through the use of his hands, as they are energized by mind and will, can influence the state of his own health,”  ~1962, Mary Reilly OT (1916–2012)

*It obviously relates to any gender.

Beyond “techniques”, you will experience steadiness and acceptance from me while we work to increase your own sense of fit between who you are as a person, your environment and your daily activities. We may look at undeveloped or lost leisure and hobby pursuits, gaps and strengths in relating to others, a change of employment, and activities we do for self care.

I merge my background as an occupational therapist with approaches that are being validated by discoveries in neuroscience and trauma work. (You can read from John Kabat-Zinn, Dan Siegel, Peter A. Levine, Pat Ogden,  Bessel Van der Kolk to learn more about current research and practices.) I use skills in Therapeutic use of Activity,  support for natural strengths, mindfulness and Hakomi Body-focused therapy, Solution-focused therapyCognitive Behavioural TherapyDBT-informed therapy.

Occupational Therapy and Career Assessment: My focus is not specifically on career assessment; I will work with people’s satisfaction with what ever daily activities they do – be it raising a family, tending a home, volunteering, being employed or being unemployed, but not formal assessment as it is often understood.

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to be touched, they say, your hands, your heart

Time for a poem:

wash your hands like you are washing the only teacup left that your great grandmother carried across the ocean, like you are washing the hair of a beloved who is dying, like you are washing the feet of grace lee boggs, beyonce, jesus, your auntie, audre lorde, mary oliver- you get the picture. 
like this water is poured from a jug your best friend just carried for three miles from the spring they had to climb a mountain to reach.
like water is a precious resource made from time and miracle.
-excerpt from dori midnight’s wash your hands, as posted by _sartoria_

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