Frequently Asked Questions
How is occupational therapy different from traditional mental health therapy (e.g., from a psychologist, social worker, or LMFT)?
In general, occupational therapy addresses “occupations,” or daily activities that we want to do, need to do, or are expected to do. These occupations can include self-care tasks (e.g., showering, cooking, sleeping), home management tasks (e.g., cleaning, organizing, laundry), health management (e.g., making and attending doctor’s appointments), work or school-related activities, and leisure activities (e.g., exercise, social activities, hobbies). I will assess and address sensory, psychosocial, environmental, physical, societal, and/or cognitive factors that may affect your ability to engage in these activities. Some examples include problem solving to adapt your work environment to fit your sensory needs, adapt your hygiene routines to increase ease and comfort, navigate disclosing your diagnosis in social and work settings, and more.
Overall, I focus on a broader focus on enhancing your overall functioning and participation in daily activities, rather than solely focusing on mental health difficulties. Because you are the expert on yourself, I will collaborate with you and suggest practical interventions, strategies, and education.
What should I expect from my first session?
All sessions take place via telehealth, using Simple Practice video conferencing. A link will be sent to your email address prior to the session. In the first session, I will ask you questions regarding topics such as your daily activities, your sensory profile, your diagnosis/self-diagnosis journey, your personal goals, and your living and work/school situations. I want to make sure we are working on the things that are important to you to make your day-to-day easier and increase your quality of life!
During all sessions, I want you to be as comfortable as possible. Feel free to attend sessions wherever you feel comfortable (table, couch, bed, other), wear whatever you want (including pajamas!), turn your camera off if necessary, use the chat function instead of speaking, stim, use fidget toys, get up and move around, take a break, or anything else that will make you feel comfortable and safe!
Do you take insurance?
I do not accept insurance at this time.
Do you offer a sliding scale?
Unfortunately, I am not able to offer a sliding scale at this time. However, please browse the types of services I offer to see if any of them meet your needs.