The 18-Month Roller-Coaster Ride: An Update

It's been over six months since I wrote the last blog post about my transition from student to newly qualified occupational therapist. As I questioned whether I had enough to say to warrant another post, a realisation hit me: I no longer feel "newly qualified". Of course, I still have a lot to learn, but university… Continue reading The 18-Month Roller-Coaster Ride: An Update

Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

What do you know about eating disorders and occupational therapy?

The week of 24th February - 2nd March 2014 is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. It's a great time to increase your understanding, especially if your answer to my question was, "not a lot". Check out the beat (beating eating disorders charity) website for information about eating disorders. For me, the best way to learn about disorders are… Continue reading What do you know about eating disorders and occupational therapy?

Eating Disorders

“Dear Occupational Therapists” – Responses to #OTalk “When Occupational Therapy Goes Wrong”

Revisiting this blog post as I start my second week as an occupational therapist in an eating disorders service.


Last week, @pd2ot hosted an #OTalk entitled “When Occupational Therapy Goes Wrong” (the transcript of the chat can be found at this link). Following this chat, we invited people to continue the conversation, unrestricted by Twitter’s 140 character limit:

I was pleased to receive two thought-provoking responses: one from Sarah (@carerseyes), who blogs about her experiences  of caring for her partner with borderline personality disorder, and the other from Linda (@lapsangsusie), who has experienced a range of occupational therapy input as a service user.  I’d like to thank both for taking the time and effort to write about their experiences, and welcome further responses from people who have come into contact with occupational therapy services.

Sarah’s Letter

The full text of Sarah’s…

View original post 2,023 more words

Presentations, Transition

Being a Third Culture Kid: A River of Transition

Here is the link to the recording of my presentation for this year's Occupational Therapy 24-our Virtual Exchange (#otvx13): 'Being a Third Culture Kid: A River of Transition', which I presented virtually, in my onesie on 26th October 2013. The abstract is available on the OT4OT site. My presentation starts about halfway through, following Kerstin… Continue reading Being a Third Culture Kid: A River of Transition

Presentations, Third Culture Kids, Transition

Announcement: #ot24vx Presentation

The schedule for this year's 24 hour virtual exchange has been published. This year's topic is 'Transition', and I'm very excited to (finally) be able to tell you all: I'm going to presenting this year on my experience of being a(n adult) third culture kid. A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has… Continue reading Announcement: #ot24vx Presentation


The Roller-Coaster Continues: from Acute to Eating Disorders

This week marks the end of my first year as an occupational therapist, and with it, the end of my first (temporary) post. I've enjoyed working in adult acute inpatient mental health, particularly the flexibility that the role affords. Being ward-based has allowed me to work very closely with the multidisciplinary team, constantly re-evaluating my… Continue reading The Roller-Coaster Continues: from Acute to Eating Disorders


When Occupational Therapy Goes Right

In preparation for tonight's #OTalk entitled "When Occupational Therapy Goes Wrong", I've been reflecting on times when occupational therapy does not live up to its potential. I have never received occupational therapy services, but I've listened to a lot of people who have. Common themes I've heard/observed of occupational therapy "going wrong" include: When there is… Continue reading When Occupational Therapy Goes Right

Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Last year, I wrote a blog post about using psychological approaches in occupational therapy practice. Since then, I have been studying Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), a therapy that incorporates cognitive and psychoanalytic approaches. Therapeutic Use of Self The most significant influence that CAT has had on my practice is in strengthening my therapeutic use of self. When I've noticed physical… Continue reading Occupational Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Mental Health, Occupational Therapy


Because 140 characters are just not enough. Dear Mental Health Professionals, I've been reading the #DearMentalHealthProfessionals hashtag on Twitter (Storify opens in new window). I feel a deep sense of sadness and shame thinking about the variations in quality and service user experience that exist. Having worked in mental health for many years - first as… Continue reading #DearMentalHealthProfessionals