Occupational Therapy

If you are a little confused by the term “occupational therapy” you are certainly not alone as “occupation” is a term commonly associated with work but in this sense it refers to how you function.  Occupational Therapy recognises that mental health difficulties  and some illnesses can impact our functioning, which in turn can affect our sense of wellbeing, identity and purpose.  The aim of Occupational Therapy is to determine the areas of functioning you want to improve, identify the barriers impacting these areas of functioning and work collaboratively to develop strategies to help overcome these barriers.

Possible goals to work on may be:

  • ​To be able to re-engage in activities or roles (work-related or otherwise) that are meaningful to you, which may have fallen by the wayside.  

  • To improve self-care including sleep, stress management 

  • To develop a better daily routine which supports your wellbeing

  • To improve your confidence to socialise or reconnect with others 

Potential barriers/things getting in the way of you achieving your goals may be:

  • The impact of poor mental health

  • Feeling lonely or isolated from others

  • Lack of motivation/ feeling stuck

  • Difficulties adjusting to a change in life circumstances

  • Sensory issues, feeling overloaded at times

  • Ongoing life stressors

  • Environmental factors such as feeling unsupported at work.

Occupational Therapy can help you to overcome these difficulties in order to improve your wellbeing and functioning. 

Occupational therapy can be helpful for a wide range of mental health problems such as stress, emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, sensory needs and is unique in that we are dually trained in both physical and mental health.  The value of understanding the interplay between physical and mental health is has been emphasised in a lot of recent research, particularly in work around trauma and stress. 

Occupational therapy offers a broad, holistic approach, which focuses on the actions someone can take to improve their lives in that moment.  In practice, this means that we would typically spend less time making sense of problems and more time thinking about what can practically be done to overcome them.  This can be a highly effective stand alone therapy but can also be a good starting point for therapy for those not wanting to delve too deeply into processing past experiences at this stage, for those wanting to start psychological therapy from a more stable base than they are currently at, and for those who have completed psychological therapy and would like some additional practical support to implement what they have learnt.

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