Occupational therapy

Occupational therapists help people to carry out the activities that they need or want to do to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

The main goal of occupational therapy (OT) is to support you to participate in the everyday activities that matter to you. OT aims to contribute to your sense of wellbeing, independence, and satisfaction in daily life.

Occupational therapists are members of the multidisciplinary teams here in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services; they work with people of all ages. You may work with an occupational therapist on a group programme or for one-to-one appointments.

Examples of work you might do with an occupational therapist include:

  • completing an assessment to identify your current needs and concerns
  • exploring lifestyle changes and setting related goals to support your recovery
  • developing skills to help you live more independently
  • finding ways to make your daily activities easier or more enjoyable
  • developing a balanced and satisfying routine
  • getting ideas or information to help you take part in leisure or community activities
  • identifying social supports and outlets you might find helpful
  • preparing for your discharge from hospital and to stay well at home.

Occupational therapists support people with all types of mental health difficulties. OT is concerned with how these difficulties may impact your ability to do the things that are important to you. Because you are a unique person, your OT plan will be specific to your needs and priorities.

Occupational Therapy Manager

Sherrie E. Buckley

 Sherrie is the Occupational Therapy Manager for St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.  She chairs the organizations Falls Committee.  Sherrie is involved with the literacy working group.  She is a member of the Capital Re-development Group and Art Committee.  Sherrie coordinates the driving programme within the organization and has a keen interest in driving and community mobility.  She also works on the Wellness and Recovery Programme. 

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