Support for OTs

When it feels like a marathon

When it feels like a marathon

  There are times in your life when you feel like you are running a marathon, except you are not physically running, you don’t have the training, the right trainers and sometimes there doesn’t seem to be an end!  This is how my life has felt for the last year – I hit the 6 weeks school holidays exhausted. I had been looking after my teenage daughter  full time since February and whilst she had been given a place in anew supported school, that wouldn’t start until September.  I…

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ESCAPING THE CLAWS OF “I’LL START WHEN…”

Escaping the claws of “I’ll start when…”

There are times of extraordinary upheaval and stress, catastrophic events, sudden bereavement and other awful, awful stuff- so please don’t mishear what I am about to say. I remember when my kids were very small and it seemed impossible to do anything (watch this if you are in any doubt!) and my lovely mum, who is also my best friend, would say things like “in a few years Jen, it will get easier…” Well it didn’t – it just changed.…

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Nature fills a void: recognizing our habits

Nature fills a void: recognizing our habits

People often come to coaching saying “I am really stressed, completed overloaded and I want to make time for myself/get some stuff out of my hair – then I will feel better”. In OT we also recognize this, be it the cry you hear yourself making, or your clients/service users who are looking for healthier occupational balance. As a coach and having been a human being for quite a while now, I have noticed the glorious way, that nature deftly…

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and a little self care

Using Questions to Unblock and… a little self care

  Using questions to unblock In the course of writing the ecourse, Coaching Skills for OTs,  I revisited a document I produced a few years ago.  It came from asking OTs what the commonly heard reasons patients give for not moving forward or not putting plans in place: namely what they struggled with. Commonly given answers included: “I don’t have the energy” “There are too many risks” “Its too painful” and many more I often take statements that I hear, be it…

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PROFESSIONALISM AND FEAR: FEELING LIKE AN OT MORE THAN EVER

Professionalism and Fear: feeling like an OT more than ever

Professionalism and Fear: feeling like an OT more than ever I was inspired to write this posting after I coached an OT this morning, who I have been working with since January this year. She is a fabulous OT who I thoroughly enjoy working with, and we had more of a mentoring session today, rather than a coaching session.  As ever, I always learn about myself and my process when I work with others – that’s one reason why coaching…

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