I am interested in coaching Occupational Therapists who may be going through life changes e.g. transition or retirement, newly qualified Therapists who are finding their way in the profession, or Therapists considering a career change.
Coaching has been identified as a core enablement skill of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapists have begun to embrace the use of coaching as a therapeutic tool in their practice. I am interested in investing in a partner relationship which invests in accountability, challenges and assists people to expand their options and make any desired life changes
I personally benefitted from coaching offered to me at one of my previous posts. I found it to be a powerful tool that enabled me to establish and achieve some key goals. In 2017 I further developed my coaching skills by undertaking a masters level modular course in Health Coaching at York St John University.
I am also interested in providing specialist Occupational Therapy support for individuals, with a variety of conditions, who are struggling with barriers to occupation, education or those who require reasonable adjustments, or more in depth occupational analysis to enable their engagement in occupation/work.
I have a passion and interest in Work and vocational rehabilitation and can provide specialist profiles for clients for reasonable adjustments and liaise with education providers and employers.
I am also part of the pilot study, on the trialist list, for the Employment Passport tool, created by Mandy Whalley, an Occupational Therapist working in Occupational Health services, enabling clients’ reasonable adjustments.
Occupational Therapy Experience
I have 18 years’ experience as an Occupational Therapist working in the private and public sector(NHS), with extensive knowledge over a broad range of clinical areas. I am currently working in a Higher Education setting as a specialist mentor for students on the autistic spectrum providing tailored, one-to-one support which enables the students to overcome barriers to learning, created by autistic spectrum conditions.
Some previous positions include:
* Occupational Therapist, working as part of an MDT, providing specialist assessment, diagnosis and intervention for adults with Autistic spectrum conditions and ADHD.
* Child and Adolescent services, (extensive, including autism assessment and eating disorder pathways) neurodevelopmental pathways, and Acute Mental Health services, including CFS/ME.
* Helped to establish an Occupational Therapy service in an eating disorder specialist adult inpatient unit.
Session and Contact details
I provide sessions of typically 60 minutes and may be telephone or email, or a hybrid of these.
Session rates are for one hour. This can be negotiated.