What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a science degree-based, health and social care profession, regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. Occupational therapy takes a “whole-person approach” to both mental and physical health and enables individuals to achieve their full potential.
Occupational Therapy can help you manage your life and mental wellness in a variety of ways. ‘Occupation’ refers to the things you do day to day. This might be self care activities, work/education or things that you enjoy.
Occupational Therapy works with you to build skills to enable you to complete the activities of daily living that you need or want to do. It also helps you to adapt the activity or environment that you do it in.
For example someone with anxiety may need to do their weekly food shop and want to join a choir to sing with, but their anxiety is preventing them from doing both of these. An Occupational Therapist can work with this person to achieve their goals one step at a time by creating a personalised treatment intervention programme. This may focus on teaching anxiety management skills and techniques, introducing a routine and structure to manage time – making doing activities feel more possible, or even adapt the environment to enable the person to physically do the activities.
How many sessions will I need?
We will start with an initial assessment appointment. This will last around 60 minutes and we will identify what are the current areas of difficulty and what you would like to be able to achieve through Occupational Therapy. We will give you questionnaires to complete that will help us to measure any changes that happen through therapy.
In your first therapy session we will create a treatment plan with your identified goals. The therapy sessions will consist of several sessions which are 60-90 minutes long, dependent on the nature of the activities we use in therapy.
We will have very clear goals and identify the steps to get to your short and long term goals so you know how many sessions you may need. We recommend that you have weekly sessions initially and then reduce to fortnightly and then monthly as you work more independently towards achieving what you need and want to do
Where will the sessions take place?
We currently provide online sessions to those living in the UK and Europe.
In person appointments take place at a location convenient to you and are available in the following areas of Norfolk, UK:
In person appointments take place in our therapy van, at your home, school, workplace or in a community area like a cafe or park. Often we will use outdoors and spaces in nature for appointments, this includes local nature reserves and woodlands.
How much does it cost?
Occupational Therapy sessions last from 60 to 90 minutes and cost £60 per hour.
Occupational therapy uses meaningful activities to achieve the things you want and need to do in life.
Occupational Therapy and mental health
Occupational therapy can help you to build the skills and confidence to add meaning to your life. It can enable you to look after your self, your home, attend school or work, to volunteer and meet people, and have fun.