Have you been referred to an occupational therapist for mental health or psychosocial disability and wondering exactly what it is they do?
Occupational therapists help people with mental health conditions develop coping skills and strategies, build resilience and self-esteem so they can perform daily activities they need or want to do. They can also help people to set and achieve meaningful goals. This is so they can participate in activities that are meaningful and fulfilling to them.
Occupational Therapists believe that a person’s sense of self and well-being is influenced by the things they do that are important and meaningful to them. Mental health difficulties may affect a person’s ability to take care of oneself (and others), work, study, or participate in leisure and social activities.
What types of techniques are used?
Occupational therapists for mental health or psychosocial disabilities may use a variety of techniques and approaches, including:
- Coaching and motivational interviewing.
- Developing strategies to reduce the mental fatigue that can be caused by the decision making involved in daily living
- Helping people regulate their emotions, through understanding sensory preferences, and using mindfulness based techniques
- Activities and exercises to improve, for example social skills, problem-solving abilities, and stress management skills
- Adaptive equipment and/or using environment adaptation (e.g. using visual prompts, or reducing distraction) to help clients with activities of daily living
- Education and training to help clients and their families understand their condition and learn strategies for managing it; including working with support workers so everyone is “on the same page”
Occupational therapy can be an important part of a comprehensive recovery plan for people living with mental health conditions. It may be provided in conjunction with other treatments such as medication and therapy.
Heroes Allied Health occupational therapists support adults of all abilities in terms of mental health.
What do Occupational Therapists for Mental Health or Psychosocial Disabilities do?
Occupational therapists use meaningful activities to help people with mental health conditions to improve their ability to function in daily life and achieve their personal goals. To do this, they consider the person (their strengths, interests, skills), their chosen activities (what they need and want to do) and their environment that they do them in, to make sure they are the best fit.
Occupational therapists work with clients living with mental health or psychosocial disabilities to develop tailored plans. They may use a variety of techniques and approaches to help their clients improve their abilities and achieve their goals including exercises, adaptive equipment, and other assistive technologies, as well as education and training to help clients learn new skills or adapt to changes in their abilities.
The role of an occupational therapist for mental health depends on the needs and goals of each individual clients, however some activities will include:
- Assessing a client’s needs and abilities related to their mental health condition
- Developing a plan that addresses the client’s specific needs and goals
- Developing strategies to reduce the mental fatigue that can be caused by the decision making involved in daily living.
- Teaching clients how to use adaptive equipment or assistive technologies to manage their condition and improve their daily functioning
- Helping clients learn new skills or adapt to changes in their abilities related to their condition
- Providing education and training to clients and their families to help them understand their condition and learn strategies for managing it, and working with support providers to implement these strategies
- Collaborating with other healthcare professionals to provide coordinated and comprehensive care
- Documenting progress and outcomes
The Heroes Allied Health approach to Occupational Therapy for Mental Health or Psychosocial Disabilities.
At Heroes Allied Health, our occupational therapists have a depth of experience working with people with mental health or psychosocial disabilities. We provide a genuine, holistic and personalised approach to our client’s goals and desired outcomes. Our occupational therapists can assist with a range of therapies, interventions and evidence-based services. This is to support individuals to live with improved independence, health and well-being.
We aim to provide an exceptionally high level of service by putting the needs of our clients first. We know that not everybody’s needs and idea of what is important is the same.
At Heroes Allied Health, we combine a number of resources to achieve the best outcomes for our clients. These include listening to understand the needs and goals of our clients, combined with our diverse experience and evidence based practice within our team, shared through weekly meetings.
Due to our team approach to occupational therapy, we are flexible to provide different alternative solutions. We aim to increase independence and functionality in our client’s environment. This includes:
- Improving social skills and relationships
- Managing stress and improving emotional regulation
- Building self-esteem and confidence
- Improving problem-solving and decision-making skills
- Promoting independence and self-care
- Enhancing leisure and recreational activities
- Improving occupational performance and participation in work or school
Our Occupational Therapists come to you.
We find the best way we can help empower people living with the impacts of disabilities or chronic health conditions to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life, is if we work with them where they are comfortable, and where they actually live their lives. We can visit them in their own home, or in community spaces. Alternatively we can meet in our clinic if preferred.
Our Occupational Therapists for Mental Health travel all over the Sunshine Coast including Gympie and Bundaberg.
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For bookings phone 0499 210 920 or click here to make a referral.