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Helen Barnes

Helen Barnes – Coach and Occupational Therapist

I am a skilled and compassionate coach, coach supervisor and occupational therapist whose work is grounded in academic rigour and experience. I have a deep curiosity and intuition about people, and believe that a client’s narrative is the best way of getting to know them, where they are in the context of their lives, and where they might be thinking about going.  I have a particular interest in the relational aspect of being and how we might hold ourselves in patterns that are…

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choices

Choices

Why do we sabotage our plans…? There are not many things at which I readily admit excelling at, but self sabotage is definitely one of them. According to Psychology Today, behavior is said to be self-sabotaging  “when it creates problems and interferes with long-standing goals. The most common self-sabotaging behaviors are procrastination, self-medication with drugs or alcohol, comfort eating, and forms of self-injury such as cutting” I think the last one is rather contentious as other factors are often at play, but that’s the thing about self…

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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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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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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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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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