Let’s see…. honesty is the best policy, right? Then let me share that I totally fell into the field of Occupation Therapy. Actually, I believe that it found me at my time of need. Funny how I didn’t see it at the time.
See, I was working nights in a hospital pharmacy and I thought that I wanted to be a pharmacist. So I took the prerequisite classes, applied, and did not get in. As I was sitting in my angry chair of sadness and frustration, a flier came from Utica College for their Occupational Therapy program. So I did some research, and it seemed pretty interesting. So I applied and got in!
The next 2+ years were a whirlwind of studying, learning, moving, fieldworks, studying, graduation…. Throughout my studies, I was constantly pulled towards the more unconventional types of therapies, those that were more holistic (versus what we call biomechanical in the OT world- think more strength based/ fine motor types activities for simplification purposes). I was researching how to bring nutrition and stress management into my therapy sessions.
I have been blessed with opportunities to work in a variety of settings since graduating including school-based, preschool-aged, long-term care facilities, and now mental health. I have gained much knowledge and experience in working with a variety of clients, families, and talented providers.
Along the way, I have become interested in the current research in the mind-body-spirit connection in healing. This has lead me to seek out additional training in areas such as meditation, yoga, health and wellness coaching, and more. I have more books than I care to admit too, and my friends have started calling me a training addict (what can I say, I like to learn!).
I am grateful the universe has aligned and our paths have crossed. I welcome you to peruse my website, as I hope that I can provide value to your life. If you are ready to learn more about working with me, I offer free consults to ensure we are a good fit prior to any sort of commitment 😉 Just visit my scheduling page.
P.S. This is my favorite quote:
If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation ~Jiddu Krishnamurti
P.S. For those of you that are whooed by credentials, here are my stats:
MS in Occupational Therapy
BA in Psychology
Advanced training in USC Lifestyle Redesign Program
Advanced training in Craniosacral Therapy
Reiki II practitioner
Certificate in Holistic Health Coaching
Certification in Yoga Nidra
Trained in The Listening Program
Training in Trauma-Informed Care
Currently enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training