What is an Occupational Therapist (OT)?
Occupational Therapy is a health profession that focuses on promoting independence and optimal functioning in a person’s chosen environment. Occupational Therapists (OTs) are registered by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and can provide treatment across the physical and mental health spectrum. Most OTs will choose to specialise in a specific area in order to develop a high level of knowledge and skill. Mental health occupational therapy is one area of specialisation. All OTs at The Psychological Health Centre have completed post graduate studies and have chosen to specialise in mental health occupational therapy.
What does a mental health occupational therapist do?
When an OT chooses to specialise in mental health they develop their knowledge of psychological disorders and treatment approaches in addition to the foundation of occupational therapy.
At The Psychological Health Centre all mental health OTs have extensive training in psychological treatments. Working for many years within mental health settings they have developed experience in delivering these treatments from the unique occupational therapy perspective, helping people with mental health conditions, distress or challenges to learn skills to recover. To find out whether mental health OT could be the right choice for you please call the practice and arrange a time to speak with Michelle or Aimee.
Mental health OTs can provide skills training to clients to support the work they are doing with other health professionals.