What is Occupational Therapy?
It used to be that unless you have had a serious physical injury, congenital condition, or inpatient mental health episode that you may have never come across an Occupational Therapist.
We are a rare breed of highly skilled health professionals who specialise in helping individuals regain and maintain their independence following injury, disability, or mental illness. Times are changing and we are coming into our own; especially as life just seems to be getting more complicated, busier and demanding. Consequently people are reporting feeling more over loaded and over worked, creating a whole host of stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms as our minds and bodies are becoming tired and overwhelmed.
Occupational Therapists work holistically, in the very purest sense of the word, meaning we will explore all the wonderful and diverse aspects of you and what makes you 'you'. We do this to tailor strategies and solutions to fit your beliefs, commitments, time, and ultimately to find solutions that will work and continue to work for you. This includes looking at your health, lifestyle, relationships, work (not only paid work but work that is meaningful to you such as raising a family, volunteering, carer roles), support available to you, your motivation for change, and the goals that you wish to set yourself. The main aim is to give you the tools and insight into your own health, so you control the black dog rather than let the dog control you.
How can Occupational Therapy help with mental health?
- Reviewing routines, daily structure and motivation
- Support to manage daily life and balance responsibilities
- Mental health education
- Behavioural activation
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) this includes support to develop emotional resilience, personal acceptance, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.
- Managing change
- Occupation, creativity and activity
- Meaningful 'me' time
- Personalised 'my mental health' toolkit and future planning
- Support to remain in work
- Support to return to work