“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close
We all have a story. Sometimes it’s one we want to share. Sometimes it’s one we are having trouble sharing. And sometimes it’s one we don’t yet know exists to be shared, but very much want to find. Regardless, we all still have a story.
My own story is what fueled my passion to first complete a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, then to complete my Master’s degree and become an Occupational Therapist, and eventually to begin working on a Diploma in Clinical Behavioural Sciences. Now, every day, I am privileged into the stories of others, where I use my both personal experience and professional knowledge and expertise to listen, connect, support, problem-solve, guide, and help to facilitate progress, and ultimately change.
As an Occupational Therapist (or well, I usually just call myself an OT), my job is to help people to do the things that they want to do, need to do, and are expected to do in their daily lives, but currently cannot do for some reason. I use Psychotherapy techniques like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness to help my clients explore the link between their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and work collaboratively with them to help find activities that bring enjoyment, purpose and/or a feeling of accomplishment, improve their mood and other emotional issues, and develop new skills to manage common or challenging daily struggles/stressors at home or at work.
That is a very broad way of saying that I help people to explore their story and live their lives along the way. As Noam Shpancer (PhD) once said, “Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” I would be honored to be privileged into your process and your journey.
I will leave you with one of my favourite quotations, one that resonates with my every day in both my personal and my professional life:
“The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of the world but those who fight and win battles that others do not know anything about.” – Jonathan Harnisch