Degrees and Education
- BSC Occupational Therapy with distinction, PG Cert Occupational Therapy (Research Skills and Education in Action). Queen Margaret University College.
I graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2006 and since then have gained experience working in NHS, local authority, education and independent settings. During my career I have worked predominantly with adults in both acute medical and community settings.
I have worked in prevention of hospital admission services including community and accident and emergency utilising strong assessment and communication skills to ensure positive outcomes for people experiencing crisis situations. I have also worked in community
rehabilitation teams, working with people on discharge from hospital to maximise their independence and functional ability. Much of my community work has focused on assisting people with long term and degenerative conditions, including dementia and those receiving
palliative care, to maintain functional ability, skills and independence at home.
I am skilled and experienced in assessing for and creating care and rehabilitation plans, working collaboratively with people and their families to identify meaningful therapeutic goals. I can offer advice and guidance around manual handling, risk assessments,
equipment and small adaptations both at home and in the workplace. I can also assist in working with employers to make reasonable adjustments to support function and well being at work.
I have worked as Case Manager, assessing for, arranging and coordinating complex rehabilitation packages for people who have experienced catastrophic injuries, including poly-trauma, brain injury, othopeadic injuries and PTSD.
Currently I work for an NHS Mental health service, working with adults with neurodiversity and a range of mental health issues. In this role I carry out sensory assessments, work with people to identify meaningful goals, support people with vocational issues, help people
engage with community resources and assist people with issues around planning, organisation and routine.
I am also a Yoga instructor with a 200 hours teaching qualification. When teaching Yoga I draw on my skills as an Occupational Therapist to adapt, modify and grade Yoga classes so they are fully inclusive for everybody. I have also completed Yoga Outreach training
with Edinburgh Community Yoga gaining knowledge on trauma informed Yoga instruction. I have taught Yoga to private classes, one to one, in corporate and health settings, including seated Yoga in care of the elderly units. The aim of my Yoga classes is for
people to become more confident and in control of their own wellbeing through body and breath work.
I am a holistic practitioner, who develops therapeutic relationships and uses solution focused conversations with people to help them move towards their goals. I have a flexible, client centred approach and believe that everyone has the capacity to make the
changes they wish to see. I work in partnership with people and use a blend of approaches to best suit the person.