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:
- 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.
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.