Occupational therapists assess how illness and psychological issues affect people’s abilities to carry out their occupations. The word ‘occupation’ refers to personal care, domestic life, work, relationships, leisure and hobbies. Occupational therapy aims to help people live more productive and enjoyable lives by developing structure, purpose and support. It is a way of assisting individuals to do the things they want to do. This may be achieved by teaching new skills (for example, problem solving and coping skills), improving existing skills or by identifying and adapting aspects of your life that are too demanding.
Occupational therapists work with people to achieve their goals and increase confidence. Occupational therapy is a treatment that is available from the NHS. If you feel you require occupational therapy please see your G.P. for advice. If you would like stress, depression or anxiety management and are unable to receive this from the NHS, it may be useful to see an occupational therapist privately.
During occupational therapy sessions, I am able to accompany you out into the community to carry out work with you on tasks related to facing fears e.g. graded exposure tasks. This support is very useful for people overcoming agoraphobia or social phobia. I can also support you in getting back to work and finding other meaningful activities such as voluntary work.
Life-coaching sessions are carried out within an occupational therapy framework. Life coaching is a process that will enable you to discover what is important in your life. You will be assisted to move through the process of setting and achieving realistic goals and will develop the skills you already have to overcome obstacles and problems. The therapist is able to work with you on a regular basis to encourage motivation and goal achievement. Life-coaching sessions may involve a combination of NLP, CBT, Hypnotherapy and OT techniques.