Active listening – shifting the focus from ME to YOU.

“To be listened to is a striking experience, partly because it is so rare” (Co-Active Coaching). I’m sure we’ve all experienced it; going to talk to a friend, family member, therapist etc and feeling this immediate connection, feeling weight lifting off your shoulders… like your feelings are known, understood and valid. This person who makesContinue reading “Active listening – shifting the focus from ME to YOU.”

To engage or not to engage in “intellectual discussions” on social media in a politically heated climate

Yesterday, an email went viral on Facebook, received from an Ontario based videography company called Caramount Pictures. According to the email shared below by Kelly Roberts and her fiancee, the videographer couple refused to provide services to them because they do not film homosexual weddings. As the post was shared on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter andContinue reading “To engage or not to engage in “intellectual discussions” on social media in a politically heated climate”

Social media accounts to follow this week

If you don’t know me, I am a huge fan of social media and have been really active on social media during this time of COVID quarantine. As someone who has lived in a couple different cities, has friends from all over the place, and loves connecting with people, instagram is my go to avenueContinue reading “Social media accounts to follow this week”

Play time – it’s not just all fun and games!

As an occupational therapist that works with pediatric clients, daycare supply teacher and volunteer with Camp Oochigeas (where the power of camp and “being a kid” is celebrated through inclusive programming for children experiencing childhood cancer), I believe strongly in the power of play. As a new occupational therapist, parents of my clients were apologeticContinue reading “Play time – it’s not just all fun and games!”

Seven Rules of Zoom Meeting Etiquette that forget the reality we are living in.

It’s middle of 2020, COVID precautions have sent many of us (who are lucky enough to still have jobs) to be working from home, and hoping that we can be half as productive as we were in the office. For many people, this isn’t an IDEAL situation. You may have kids who are out ofContinue reading “Seven Rules of Zoom Meeting Etiquette that forget the reality we are living in.”

Redefining productivity through quarantine

Going through Occupational therapy school, we learned a lot about occupational balance. If you read my earlier post about the basic definition of Occupational therapy, you might remember this picture. You can check out that post here. We talk about productivity as participating or contributing to the community, such as going to work or goingContinue reading “Redefining productivity through quarantine”

Challenge by choice; understanding fear and when to follow our intuitions.

There are times in our lives when we are faced with situations that we can’t move through, things that we can’t take on, or people that we can’t face because we are overcome with fear. Sometimes fear can be rational, like feeling scared about going into the forest without any wilderness training and potentially comingContinue reading “Challenge by choice; understanding fear and when to follow our intuitions.”

“Occupational therapy… So you do physio?” and why you’re kind of right but only just.

I’m a new occupational therapist, freshly graduated from Queens University last year, and I honestly don’t think my family fully understands what I do. But most people don’t. In our first year of our two year Masters program, we spent at least a small part of EVERY course practicing explaining what an occupational therapist does.Continue reading ““Occupational therapy… So you do physio?” and why you’re kind of right but only just.”

How to avoid pushing toxic positivity during a global pandemic.

2020 has been quite the adventure of a year. With a global health pandemic shutting down businesses, putting people out of work, and changing the routine of people all over the world… all while global protests about the police violence in the United States and Canada pulling back the veil on the racism against BlackContinue reading “How to avoid pushing toxic positivity during a global pandemic.”