As an occupational therapist, I help people to add activities to their day that give meaning and bring hope.
Working together, we can determine where you are functionally, today, so that we make plans that are manageable. We will focus on what you can do, rather than what you can't do. We will work towards your healthy coping and participation in activities that make you feel confident, competent, and inspired.
I welcome you to read below to learn more the services I offer.
COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR VETERANS AND ADULTS
I offer occupational therapy assessment and treatment for Canadian Armed Forces Veterans and adults 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.
Following the initial assessment, and once we get started working together, we will set individualized goals that are realistic, practical, and manageable. Goals will show you specifically how to take gradual steps towards better functioning and improved quality of life.
Here are some examples of goal areas:
getting quality sleep
exercising and being physically active
managing persistent pain
coping with stress, anxiety, and low mood
structuring daily activities and establishing routines
balancing work and family roles and responsibilities
participating in meaningful leisure
As a community-based occupational therapist, I meet with clients where they participate in their life's activities. While I most often meet clients in their homes, when appropriate, we may eventually meet somewhere in the community. For example, we might meet at a fitness centre for a tour as a way of working towards a goal of exercising in a social setting. In a way, I become a coach to encourage and support clients as they integrate practical skills and solutions into their lifestyle.
Funding and How to Schedule an Appointment
For Canadian Armed Forces Veterans, OT services may be funded through Veteran's Affairs Canada. For adults, extended health insurance plans may include OT services as a benefit. Please check with your respective funding providers regarding coverage for OT services.
Please do not hesitate to contact me to set up a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if working together may be a fit. An initial appointment may be set up at that time.
I also offer telephone consultation services for individuals for whom this is a better fit than working together in person.
For clients who would like an alternative to other therapies they may have tried, I offer equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) at an equestrian centre in South Ottawa. Partnering with horses in therapy provides a unique opportunity to understand and work through issues in an engaging, active, hands-on way.
EAP sessions follow the EAGALA Model Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development and are facilitated by myself and an Equine Specialist. All sessions are carried out from the ground in an indoor or outdoor arena, and involve no horseback riding. This way, the horses are able to behave naturally and humans and horses can develop relationships on an equal footing.
Why horses? In addition to the obvious that they are large and powerful and can help us to overcome fears, they can be very calming, are social, and have distinct personalities. Horses also continuously read and respond to our body language. As a result, they can offer us feedback about ourselves and end up mirroring the dynamics and situations in our lives in a safe and non-judgmental way.
Group and individual sessions are offered for youth, adults, and veterans. For more information about equine-assisted psychotherapy, please contact me.