Mental Health and Wellbeing

Allay Occupational Therapy helps people experiencing mental illness and co-existing conditions by identifying abilities and limitations. We will then develop strategies for improving health and wellbeing. This is achieved by personalized assessment and intervention focusing on increasing function, productivity and capacity in everyday activities. We specialise in conditions such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Personality Disorders and other major mental illnesses.

Intervention

Mental health occupational therapists may address the following areas :

  • Maximising independence in self care, personal, domestic and community activities. We may use retraining, compensation, substitution methods, or caregiver training.
  • School readiness through understanding and building skills base for managing the classroom, peer relations and curriculum.
  • Sensory strategies to improve over-stimulation, concentration, drowsiness, defensiveness to certain stimuli or difficulty relaxing.
  • Gaining and maintaining study or employment through understanding and building skills base, then supporting ongoing work place engagement.
  • Community access and public transport training. 
  • Improve balance of daily activities and schedule preferred activities.
  • Behavioural and emotional management.
  • Understanding and developing self identity.
  • Improving sleep.
  • Stress management.
  • Addictive behaviours. 
  • Mindfulness techniques.
  • Social skills training.
  • Anger Management by identifying when anger is building, and to learn ways of dealing with it.
  • Therapeutic approaches informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Approaches (DBT).

Assessment

Mental health occupational therapists may utilise standardised assessments to determine functional capacity and assist in developing treatment options.

Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS):

What: Evaluating skills in activities of daily living, e.g. cooking, shopping, cleaning or self care.
How: Initial interview, before deciding on two activities to complete together.
Time: 2 hours, with additional report writing time.

Sensory Integration Assessments:

What: Measuring how neurological processing relates to functional difficulties; to enhance learning, movement and behaviour.
How: Questionnaires with you and/or your family, observational assessment in meaningful activities.
Time: Min. 2 sessions. 

Evaluation of Interaction Skills (ESI):

What: Social skills standardised assessment of communication and behaviour to evaluate challenges at school, work or home.
How: Initial interview, before deciding on two social activities to complete with your family, friends or out in the community.  
Time: 2 hours, with additional report writing time.             

Other assessments:

Time Use Diaries, Occupational Self Assessment (OSA), Volitional Questionnaire, Interest Checklists, Model of Human Occupational Screening Tool (MOHOST), Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM), The Role Checklist, and more.