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Occupational Therapy for mental health

Private Occupational Therapy sessions in London at Schoen Clinic Chelsea

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Occupational therapy plays a vital role in mental health care. It offers a unique approach to treatment, focusing on the individual's participation in meaningful activities.

This therapy can help those struggling with mental health issues regain their independence. It can improve their quality of life by assisting them to engage in daily activities that bring them joy and fulfilment.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a person-centred form of therapy. It focuses on promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The term "occupation" refers to all the activities that people do during their daily lives.

Occupational therapists work with individuals of all ages. They help them develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. The goal is to help individuals have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

In mental health treatment, occupational therapy takes a holistic approach. It considers the physical, psychological, and social aspects of a person's wellbeing.

Occupational therapists use a variety of strategies to support individuals struggling with mental health challenges. These include helping them to adapt to their environment, modify tasks, learn new skills, and manage their daily activities.

The role of occupational therapy in mental health is multifaceted. It includes:

  • Helping individuals with mental health conditions engage in meaningful activities

  • Assisting in the development of skills needed for independent living

  • Providing support for work and productivity

  • Facilitating social interaction and community participation

  • Promoting self-care and wellness.

Contact our caring London team if you'd like to learn more, or to book an appointment with an Occupational Therapist.

Access private occupational therapy in London at Schoen Clinic Chelsea today. We have appointments available in as little as 24 hours so you can begin treatment with minimal wait.

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How much does Occupational Therapy cost?

The cost of different types of treatment, therapy or support will vary. See our full breakdown of our prices and funding options for more information or specific costs.

What types of mental health challenges can benefit from occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy can support a wide range of mental health challenges by helping individuals develop, recover, or maintain meaningful activities and roles in their daily lives.

Here are some key mental health challenges that OT can address:

  1. Anxiety Disorders:

    • Developing coping strategies

    • Engaging in relaxation techniques

    • Structuring daily routines to reduce stress

  2. Depression:

    • Encouraging participation in meaningful activities

    • Goal setting and achievement to boost self-esteem

    • Social skills training and support

  3. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD):

    • Gradual exposure techniques

    • Anxiety management strategies

    • Skills to manage compulsions and intrusive thoughts

  4. Eating Disorders:

    • Developing healthy routines and habits

    • Promoting body positivity and self-acceptance

    • Meal planning and preparation skills

  5. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):

    • Time management and organisational skills

    • Strategies for improving focus and concentration

    • Environmental modifications to reduce distractions

  6. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):

    • Sensory integration techniques

    • Social skills training

    • Support for independent living skills

  7. Stress:

    • Relaxation and mindfulness techniques

    • Time management and prioritisation skills

    • Developing healthy work-life balance routines

Together with the above, occupational therapy has also been used to support individuals going through grief or loss, bipolar disorder, PTSD, substance use disorders and adjustment disorders to name a few.

Occupational therapists use a person-centred approach to address these challenges, focusing on the individual's strengths and goals. By helping individuals engage in meaningful and purposeful activities, Occupational Therapists play a crucial role in promoting mental health and wellbeing.

The role of Occupational Therapy in mental health treatment at Schoen Clinic Chelsea

Occupational therapy is a key component of mental health treatment for many individuals at Schoen Clinic Chelsea in London. Our dedicated occupational therapists help individuals with mental health conditions engage in meaningful activities to promote recovery.

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we work closely with individuals to identify their personal goals and aspirations, developing personalised treatment plans that focus on their strengths and abilities. Our approach includes diverse and individualised interventions designed to meet the unique needs of each individual.

We incorporate stress management techniques, coping strategies, and activities that promote better mental health. Additionally, our therapists utilise creative and recreational activities such as art therapy, music therapy and gardening, providing a safe and expressive environment for everyone to explore their emotions.

Furthermore, we assist inidivduals in developing essential daily living skills and routines, such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and time management, to promote independence and improve overall quality of life.

What are the main goals and outcomes of Occupational Therapy in mental health treatment?

The primary goal of occupational therapy in mental health treatment is to promote independence. Occupational therapists work with clients to develop the skills and strategies needed for independent living, encompassing self-care, work, leisure, and social interaction.

Improving the quality of life for individuals with mental health conditions is another key objective. By engaging in meaningful activities, clients can experience increased satisfaction, well-being, and a stronger sense of purpose and identity.

Additionally, occupational therapy aims to enhance social skills and interpersonal relationships, leading to greater social inclusion and community participation. This not only helps individuals build supportive networks but also contributes to reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. Through these comprehensive interventions, occupational therapy supports clients in achieving a more fulfilling and autonomous life.

Our mental health specialists in London are here to support you

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, our multidisciplinary team of mental health specialists is dedicated to providing exceptional support for individuals with mental health conditions.

With a focus on personalised care, our therapists work collaboratively with clients to develop tailored strategies that enhance independence, wellbeing, and quality of life.

Whether you are seeking to improve daily living skills, nurture social connections, or engage in meaningful activities, our skilled professionals are here to help. If you or a loved one need support for a mental health condition, we encourage you to reach out to Schoen Clinic Chelsea and take the first step towards a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Michelle Knowles

Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist

Michelle Knowles

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