Occupational Therapy (OT) is an allied health profession with a holistic approach to human health, including the physical as well as psychological components of a person. Through OT, we aim for individuals to live an independent, productive and meaningful life. OT includes a variety of areas such as physical rehabilitation, mental health and paediatrics. As OT’s, we are concerned about the impact of disabilities/disorders/difficulties/illness on the individual’s functioning with regards to self-care, work (including house/family duties), leisure time and social-emotional well being.
Individual OT sessions are available for adult and teenage clients who have physical and/or mental health difficulties. After assessing the client, individualized goals are set to improve their functional level in activities of daily living incl. self-care, work and leisure while also treating the components affected such as the physical, affective or cognitive. Consideration is also given to the environment that the person lives in and recommendations are given in terms of adaptations to the physical environment i.e. equipment, ergonomics, task analysis, accommodations or social support.
- Support in achieving independence or learning adaptive methods to manage self-care, home management tasks, mobilization, work tasks, leisure activities.
- Providing the family/carer support in managing the care of a person who has Dementia or is terminally ill
- Physical, perceptual and cognitive rehabilitation after a stroke or brain injury
- Managing anxiety in certain settings or with feeling overwhelmed by daily tasks
- Providing further practical support in achieving therapeutic goals set with the client’s personal psychologist.
OT group sessions for adults and teenagers are held weekly separately, covering a variety of coping strategies and life skills which may be beneficial in managing stress and regulate emotions. Groups are kept small and have a support element to it, where clients can share and learn from each other’s experiences. Weekly goal setting is done to try out strategies or newly learned skills and report back the following week.
Examples of topics covered:
- Stress management and burnout prevention
- Communication and setting boundaries
- Mindfulness and relaxation therapy
- Goal setting and time management
- The use of therapeutic activities, such as art and crafts to achieve a flow state and relieve from stress and anxiety.
- DBT skills training and practical support in implementing it in relationships and daily life.
Tools in her toolkit include:
– Group facilitator
– Cognitive Behavior Therapy – CBT
– Dialectical Behavor Therapy – DBT
– Relaxation Therapy & Mindfulness
– Therapeutic use of art & crafts
– Cognitive & Perceptual Assessments & Treatment
– Wheelchair Prescription
– Falls Prevention
– Supervisor Practice Educator
About the Therapist
As Occupational Therapist I provide practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities or occupations that matter to them. Illness both physical and mental, trauma or disabilities can affect a person on a cognitive, physical or affective level leading to problems in being able to engage with others and the environment in which they live. My role as OT is to support my clients to increases their independence and ability to take part in practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a better quality of life.
Nellie studied OT at Stellenbosch University and then lived in the United Kingdom for 12 years. In the UK she had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings from adult acute mental health hospitals, physical rehab units, community-based physical rehab teams, a group home for teens and young adults suffering from eating disorders, in- and out-patient mental health services and support groups. She relocated back to the Helderberg area in 2011 and continued to work as an OT in mental health, elderly care, dementia and neuro-rehab.
”I work from a client centred approach and are led by the client’s needs. I have a passion to help people and being an OT helps me to look at the person holistically. I love working in a team and network of healthcare providers who I can refer my clients to should they need support in areas outside my scope of practice.”
Education: University of Stellenbosch 1997: B. Occupational Therapy, Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body UK: Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies and skills 2007.
Medical scheme rates apply but cash fees can be negotiated or arrangements made for payment plans. Rates quoted are based in Discovery rates for 2020 and are due to increase on the 1st of Jan every year. Rates might differ slightly for other medical schemes. Other fees might be applicable for i.e. home or hospital visits, equipment recommendations, carer or family training, home programs
Individual therapy sessions depends on the diagnoses and assessment needed at first.
An interview consultation R240,70 / 30mins.
An assessment needing standardized tests or home safety assessment R509,50.
Individual treatment session R452,90 / 60 mins | Group Therapy – R226,50 / hr