MA in Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California
Doctoral student at Thomas Jefferson University, College of Health Professions
Areas of focus include but are not limited to habit training / habit formation, stress management, substance use recovery, mental health, and transitioning to home and community from inpatient programs.
Licensed by the California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT).
Registered with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
BA in Social Sciences, New York University
I started on this journey as a kid with her own issues - vision, attention, and memory problems, anxiety, bullying, depression... A high school summer job as a dance teacher for children with special needs was my first of many opportunities to help others facing challenges in life.
I chose the path of occupational therapy because it combines many of my interests such as neuroscience, physical and mental health, and therapeutic movement with a whole-person approach.
Your occupation is what occupies your time, from getting dressed in the morning, to working or going to school, to streaming movies or visiting family. Finding balance, motivation, or a greater sense of satisfaction with your daily routine might be reasons to seek occupational therapy. Healthy engagement in everyday activity contributes to your overall health and wellbeing.
We're in this together. We learn new habits by doing together. As we explore activities that you need or want to do more easily or frequently, or perhaps more independently, your OT helps you identify and utilize your strengths to overcome challenges or obstacles that might be standing in the way of positive change.
Your OT supports you with evidence-based assessment tools and treatment methods. Occupational therapy (also abbreviated "OT") is a collaborative, holistic practice, meaning your OT works with you to create an individualized plan.
Rehabilitate your health and wellbeing. Recover from past trauma, whether physical or mental.
I work with people who are facing injury or illness, or are simply motivated to make a change in their lives. Our process might involve relearning old skills, practicing new ones, or finding new ways of doing things that used to come easily (or maybe never came easily) to you.
Re-create routines, roles, and interests. We collaborate to identify aspects of life that are valuable to you. I support your efforts in setting up new habits and new ways of doing things. We will identify tools that actually work for you.
Realize your abilities and maximize your potential.
If you have physical limitations, how can you do the things you need to do while still participating in the things you want to do? I will show you how use your energy and abilities effectively.
If you feel you are starting over because of an injury, illness, or other change that has impacted your environment or roles in life, where do you even begin? I can help you prioritize, plan, and take action based on your strengths and challenges.
I want to talk about food because cooking is a great example of a therapeutic activity that's proven valuable to all kinds of people with all kinds of needs.
-Here, I'll go first: I have a tiny kitchen. It used to make cooking less enjoyable than it should be. Some appliances had to go, and new ones (hooray for the crock pot) had to move in. Organization in my kitchen was important for my overall health -- I hadn't been motivated to utilize my difficult space and was spending too much money eating food that wasn't always good for me. Using some OT tools I got to the root of the problem of my less than healthy unsatisfying eating routine.
-Another example could be how those recovering from a brain injury (such as stroke or cerebral palsy) may be learning how to use their hands in new ways.
-Those impacted by cognitive or memory impairments may have difficulty following a recipe. (It's a lot of work that you might take for granted -- obtaining and locating ingredients and utensils, understanding directions and measurements, recalling safety precautions, and simply organizing a space.)
-Some may never have had access to a kitchen or the opportunity to try cooking before. When I worked with people with serious mental illness (SMI) we found our cooking group to be great for socializing, problem solving, and just enjoying ourselves. Some participants discovered a new and meaningful hobby.
My rate for these services is $125 for a 60 minute session. This fee is for our meeting time in addition to any time and resources used outside of our meeting, e.g., costs for screening and assessment tools and equipment, time dedicated to analyzing assessments or consulting with other healthcare providers (with your consent), as well as preparation and travel time for our meetings.
We can determine together the frequency, location and duration of meetings. An initial, introductory phone consultation is offered at no charge (up to 20 minutes).
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