Understanding our occupational selves: coaching and OT

Understanding our occupational selves: coaching and OT

I often write about how coaching helps us tackle barriers to occupation, be they lack of confidence or self-belief, the lack of a congruent, desirable action plan or the need to un-earth perhaps unconscious drives/desires which scupper our well-intentioned plans. However, I am often still asked “is this occupational therapy?” or “am I being an OT if I coach?” or “if a client figures it all out through coaching, why do they need me?” Of course, these are all complex…

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Kevin

Time to change our professions narrative – lets have a new story

One of my jobs as a coach is to help people spot their long standing, personal narratives and work to change the often unhelpful stories we tell about ourselves and hopefully create new ones. However, on this occasion,  I am talking about the narrative our beloved profession of occupational therapy. From the first day I stepped into OT colleges in the mid 1990’s, I heard it.  I’ve heard it for the last 25 years and I heard it when working…

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Coach and Independent Occupational Therapist

Lorraine Western, Coach and Independent Occupational Therapist

I specialise in enabling healthcare professionals to flourish in work that fits well with their values and priorities. With 29 years’ professional experience in diverse roles in the NHS, Social Services, the charitable and private sectors as well as independent practice I understand the benefits and pressures of working in the public sector in challenging circumstances, as well as what it takes to transfer professional skills to a non-clinical environment. I ran successful sole trader business for 12 years, and…

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Catherine Hurley- Occupational Therapist and Coach

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…

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Occupational Therapists doing it differently: Alice McGarvie

Occupational Therapists doing it differently: Alice McGarvie

After working for a couple of years in the NHS, within mental health and learning disabilities, I became frustrated with the lack of resources for running creative groups as well as the volume of paperwork and generic work that kept me at my desk and away from my occupational therapy clients.  I felt I wasn’t able to practice as the holistic, creative, problem solving occupational therapist that I wanted to be. I’d always enjoyed music and playing instruments, (piano, accordion…

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Rise Up Poem

Rise Up

    Rise up Rise up despite your aching limbs and weary heart Though the tide of advice claws at you, from below Rise up knowing that your soul will soon be replenished Bringing perspective and clarity, previously missing Rise up, even though fear casts its heavy spell Pulling against your triumphant elevation Rise up above your stubborn thoughts and stuck ideas Noticing how small things really are when seen from above…   Uplifting thoughts and feelings are much needed…

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the OT hub

The OT Hub

Jamie moved from London in 2015, to train as an Occupational Therapist at the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol.With past experiences in hospitality, television production and student radio, he took a new direction. After spending a year as a mental health support worker, he discovered that a career in health care better matched his values and would tick a lot of boxes! In his final few months at UWE Bristol, Jamie has occupational therapy placement experience in stroke rehabilitation, community rapid response and within a young…

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inclusion me

Starting Out: Tips On Being An Independent Occupational Therapist

Matthew Box established his OT company “Inclusion Me” in 2009 after working as an OT in Kent Social Services. Today, 9 years later, his company has over 40 associates and clients have included: ZSL, Selfridges, Nike and numerous Local Authorities including The City Of London, Thurrock & Hammersmith & Fulham alongside various large scale building contractors.  Inclusion.Me’s mission is to provide accessible services that are underpinned by dignity and empowerment:   We apply ‘Universal Design’, maximizing usability of facilities for…

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DR LYNNE GOODACRE

OTs Doing it Differently: Dr Lynne Goodacre, Letting go of being in the room

The inspiration for this post came from a comment Jen made in her last ezine when writing about her drives with her daughter: She faces forward and we don’t need to make eye contact. This is really helpful in terms of freeing up our brains to do their own sorting and regulating and so helpful in coaching, which is why I enjoy telephone coaching so much. This comment really resonated with me in terms of my coaching journey and my…

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JULIA PFLAUM

OTs Doing it Differently: Julia PFLAUM, Occupational Therapy and ADHD

I work in a clinic for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which is a fascinating area to work in. I started in a new Occupational Therapy role in the clinic at the beginning of the year as it expands to offer more psychosocial interventions. Adult ADHD has been established as a diagnosis only relatively recently and many of our referrals are from people who have contacted their GP after having a child diagnosed or learning about ADHD in…

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