Birch Wellness Professional

Jean McGinn
Psychosocial Occupational Therapist

Jean McGinn is a Birch Wellness Center
professional and a Registered Occupational
Therapist.  Jean is therapist experienced in
helping people to appreciate and enhance the best
in themselves and others, create a meaningful
and resilient life, and engage in caring and
interdependent relationships.  Jean is a
psychosocial occupational therapist with a
master’s degree in counselling.

Area of Service

COPING

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Difficult emotions, such as anger and guilt
  • Grief and loss, forgiveness and letting go
  • Abuse and trauma effects
  • Concentration problems and distracting thoughts

LIFE MANAGEMENT

  1. Life meaning and purpose / spirituality
  2. Life skills and work/life balance
  3. Stress management and resilience
  4. Self-compassion and appreciation
  5. Mindfulness and relaxation
  6. Wholehearted living

MOTIVATION

  1. Ambivalence about change and feeling stuck
  2. Motivating healthy change
  3. Drug, alcohol or other dependence

RELATIONSHIP SKILLS

  1. Communication skills
  2. ‘Changing the dance’ of dysfunctional relationship patterns
  3. Conflict resolution
  4. Assertiveness and healthy boundaries
  5. Co-dependency versus interdependency
  6. Over or under functioning / perfectionism

WORK

  1. Workplace and career psycho-social issues, such as readiness for return, coping
  2. Building healthy work relationships and collaboration
  3. Caregiver / compassion fatigue and resiliency

Contact Information:

Name: Jean McGinn
Phone: 204-505-0325 ext. 202
Fax: 204-505-0327
Email: jean@birchwellnesscenter.ca

Profile Information

As a registered occupational therapist, specializing in psychosocial OT (occupational therapy), I am experienced in helping people to engage in meaningful, effective and resilient living.  I have worked in mental health settings, private practice, consultation and workshop facilitation- as well as in journalism and teaching.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University and a Master’s in Counseling. I love to learn- and share ideas- and I have benefited from many psychosocial training workshops and certificate programs.

I believe that being compassionate, caring and respectful towards oneself and others is foundational to healthy living. I value people’s uniqueness, innate wisdom, and capacity for growth. I believe small changes matter… making bigger change possible… and a difference in one person can influence growth in other people. I work with individuals, families, health professionals, caregivers, organizations and workplaces to:

  • Deeply value their unique strengths, skills, perspectives, experiences and purpose in living
  • Extend compassion to themselves for inadequacies and to create opportunities from ‘failure’
  • Tap into intrinsic motivation and wisdom in making healthy choices/decisions and solving problems
  • Create caring, collaborative, and respectful relationships with family, coworkers and others
  • Strengthen resiliency skills and experience transformative growth in response to life’s difficulties
  • Enhance wholehearted, skillful, and ‘balanced’ living and flow

OT s study all aspects of the whole person; the influence of the person’s environment, illness or injury on their ability to thrive; and change strategies for healthier living. OT s are client-centered, focusing on what matters most to the individual.  OT has been referred to as skill building for “the job of living” “or “a life worth living”.

Life purpose or spirituality is the core of the Canadian OT model * as the reasons for which people live influence how they choose to live. When people choose to align their living with their values, they experience a sense of purpose, connection, intentionality, balance, satisfaction, resilience and well-being.

https://www.researchgate.net/figure/277024260_fig1_FIGURE-1-Canadian-Model-of-Occupational-Performance-and-Engagement-Source-Polatajko

Additional Info.

Arranging therapy, workshops, training or consultation:

Individual sessions are held at Birch Wellness Center.
Phone and Skype sessions are available.

Workshops, training, groups, retreats and consultation on topics such as motivational interviewing/enhancement, mindful self-compassion, and personal and caregiver stress resiliency are arranged at BWC – or on-site in health care facilities, workplaces, organizations or other settings.

Occupational therapy is covered under some individual health care plans and health care spending accounts and is tax deductible.

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