As an occupational therapist, I help people to add activities to their day that
give meaning and bring hope.
Working together, we will determine how you are functioning today so that we make plans that are manageable. We will focus on your strengths and what you can do going forward, rather than what you can't do. We will work towards healthy coping and participating in activities that make you feel confident, competent, and inspired.
What are your goals?
I offer occupational therapy assessment and treatment for adults (ages 18 and older) with mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I also work with clients who have other invisible health conditions, such as persistent pain, chronic fatigue, attention deficit disorder, or mild cognitive impairment.
As part of the comprehensive initial assessment, we will identify areas of challenge and set individualized goals that are realistic, practical, and manageable. Goals will show you specifically how to take gradual steps towards better functioning, independence, and improved quality of life.
Here are some examples of goal areas:
getting quality sleep
managing persistent pain
coping with stress, anxiety, and low mood
structuring daily activities and establishing routines
leaving the home for essential and leisure purposes
decluttering and organizing household spaces
returning to work or starting to volunteer
balancing work and family roles and responsibilities
OT services are offered virtually or in-person, and the method of delivery is determined on a case-by-case basis based on individual needs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual services are the preferred method of service delivery when they can be delivered safely and effectively. In-person services can proceed for clients whose anticipated benefits outweigh the risks, and only after COVID-19 screening is completed.
Virtual sessions are offered to clients within Ontario either via phone or through a private and secure video platform, called "Jane" (jane.app). Benefits of virtual services may include convenience, flexibility, and access for clients in rural or remote areas.
In-person sessions are offered only to clients in the Ottawa, Ontario area. I typically meet with clients at their home. Sometimes, we might meet somewhere in the community; for example, at a fitness centre for a tour as a way of working towards a goal of exercising in a social setting.