To change or not to change – that is the question

More often than not, the answer is not a simple one. Whether it’s ourselves or our clients, changing jobs, habits, behaviours or beliefs which we have had for a lifetime, is one thing, but just making the decision to change can be torture. As a coach I became fascinated in the concept of decisional balance, as a simple(ish) way of seeing whether change was likely or not. I use it in my own reflections when I realise that I am…

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The Importance Of Embracing Uncertainty

We are living in uncertain times right now, but right now I am pondering a different type of uncertainty we grapple with, as OTs who coach. I started to read the Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC) book (mentioned above) and the following phrase jumped out at me: “Getting comfortable with (this) uncertainty has been a key part of the journey to becoming skilful at OPC” The uncertainty that Fiona Graham talks about is to do with an internal shift we need…

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Coaching Health Literacy- Coaching Occupational Literacy

This week I finally took a look at the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. I try not to look too often as I get rather excited and distracted! I’m always interested in what makes coaching “work” and what hinders it, but also how occupational therapists can use coaching to strengthen their practice and ensure relevance. It’s with that lens that I read papers such as this: “Exploring Health Literacy and its Relationship to Health and Wellness Coaching”…

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Perfectionism vs Improvisation: Essential vs Non-essential

I have long struggled when I see perfectionism slowing things down unhelpfully, reducing spontaneity, limiting creativity, preventing people making a start and when it squashes delicate confidence. The mantra is “I am not good enough”. Sticking too rigidly to rules and protocols which have often been invented out of nowhere and somehow now flourished with certainty, can also have the same effect as stifling perfectionism, but the mantra is often “I am not allowed to…”.  I am aware that my…

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Daily Structure And Small Activities

  I am writing this from my bubble –  a bubble which is more middle class than I would like to admit, working from home, ticking along, just got a secondhand hot tub, kind of bubble (yep but please bear in mind that the hot tub only cost £200 and is powered by solar water and electric, as best we can). At this point in time, as a family, we can manage financially, emotionally is a different matter. Long terms…

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Helene Theriault

As a certified coach (PCC) and registered occupational therapist with 18-years of experience, Hélène provides coaching services to adults to empower them to reach their full potential. This service may include: a) one-on-one or group coaching session, b) workshops or courses to teach others how to apply a coach approach in their organization, c) or developing resources and tools to support incorporating a coaching culture in organizations. Hélène, the owner of Function First Coaching™, was inspired and motivated to create…

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Ageeth Hup

What were the times that you felt most happy? What were you doing? What prospect makes you get out of bed with energy and zest? What activities give you a feeling of purpose, connectedness or joy? What was your initial attraction to OT? We as OTs seem to be driven by a natural desire to help others, to maximise their participation, connectedness & purpose in life. We help people to recover, discover, develop and thrive. But what about ourselves…? Somehow,…

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Sid Hamid

Change in our VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world has never been so intense and real until now, bringing it with disruption to every single norm in our lives. Rather than being unconsciously carried down the meandering river of this change, I am learning to accompany these natural movements and participate in them more consciously by continually answering these two  fundamental questions: “Who am I truly?” “What do I really want?” Using Professor Dr Franz Ruppert’s Identity-Oriented Psychotrauma Theory and…

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Stay in, save lives, save the NHS: the impact on occupational lives

Important words with many facets to them. Many of you are essential workers still working with clients/patients or managing services, but others will be in isolation, as are millions of others over the UK and further afield. Virtually all aspects of our occupational lives are affected by having to isolate, stay at home, practice social distancing, work from home or indeed the loss of jobs. Building self-awareness about our social and occupational needs right now is crucial – we all…

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