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Polly Brennan - Occupational Therapist and Coach

Polly Brennan – Occupational Therapist and Coach

My name is Polly Brennan from Adventurous Coaching. I believe that life is just too short to put off experiencing health, happiness and fulfilment in the workplace. To what extent are you achieving this at the moment? 23 years of experience as an occupational therapist in mental health services has prepared me well for mental health and wellbeing coaching. With a niche in vocational recovery, I have always had a passion for enabling people to build their resilience in order…

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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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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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Sense of Coherence, the Creation of Health and Coaching

Sense of Coherence, the Creation of Health and Coaching

  The ICF has a great blog resource and whilst is doesn’t have a health coaching category, I found this interesting blog (and several others) under their research section!   I was immediately drawn to it for obvious reasons: Such a big, sexy title “Narrative Healing, Salutogenesis and the Wellness Paradigm” and there are many resonant factors with OT: we constantly engage with our clients narrative and how occupational meaning is constructed through narratives; salutogenesis literally means the creation of health and ofcourse we understand how occupational engagement can create health. Within this blog, the coach and author Dr Joel Kreisberg, cites the work of Antonovsky andhis Sense of Coherence model (he hasn’t referenced this…

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“Mummy please can we go for a drive?”

“Mummy please can we go for a drive?”

  I have long been interested in how moving our bodies physically and a change in physical environment, can really create a much needed shift and evoke different insights during coaching.  (There are examples of this in my Coaching Creativity book and elsewhere).   Whilst coaching professes to shift outside of the medicalisation of other “helping” therapies, its practice often mirrors the medical model:  Pre-planned 1 hour sit down sessions, “see” your coach, leave, come back at regular intervals.  Nothing wrong with that, but coaching occurs in between sessions…

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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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COACHING FOR CHRONIC ILLNESS AT WORK

Coaching for Chronic Illness at Work

  Occupational Therapy enjoys an important relationship with the domain of work, with work being a primary occupation for human beings and one which gives identity, meaning, security and wellbeing. In the UK the role of OTs in vocational settings has grown alongside a general growth in vocational rehabilitation services as a whole. Work has been a significant interest of mine both personally and professionally. Professionally, my last regular OT jobs were in vocational settings including a role as an…

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Cowboys of OT

Cowboys of OT

This short musing was inspired by Bob Garvey who wrote a paper on the “Cowboys of Coaching” a few years back and it prompted me to consider what might mean in relation to OT. Having spent the last 10 years working, not only independently, but also in a “new” area of practice  and one that is not regulated (coaching), I often wonder if I might be considered a bit of a Cowboy…. Whilst I maintain my HCPC registration (worked hard…

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