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Is OT right for me?

Navigating Life, Your Way

At Navigate Neurodiversity Occupational Therapy, I embrace a neurodiversity-affirming approach that prioritises a person's strengths rather than trying to "fix" them. I recognise and celebrate the unique strengths and perspectives that come with neurodivergence. My goal is to provide support that affirms your identity and helps you navigate the world in a way that works best for you.

Why choose occupational therapy? 

Occupational therapy, counselling, and coaching are all valuable services that can support individuals in improving their well-being and stepping closer to their goals. However, occupational therapy is a unique and holistic approach that considers the whole person, their environment, and their daily activities.

Unlike counselling and coaching, occupational therapy focuses on helping individuals engage in meaningful occupations, which are the everyday activities that bring purpose and satisfaction to life. These occupations can include self-care, work, leisure, and social participation.

 

By addressing barriers to these occupations, occupational therapy can improve an individual's physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being.

While counselling may focus on psychological and emotional well-being, occupational therapy addresses the practical aspects of daily life. By empowering individuals to engage in meaningful occupations, occupational therapy can improve overall quality of life.

Occupational therapists are allied health professionals who must be registered with the Health Professions Council (HCPC) and maintain CPD.

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Is occupational therapy right for me? 

Who does Alex work with?

  • Adults aged 18+ 

  • Based in the UK or EU

My services are also open to:

  • Individuals who are questioning if they may be neurodivergent

  • Those who have a recent diagnosis or older diagnosis

  • Those who self-identify/self-diagnose as neurodivergent

  • Common neurotypes I work with include: Autism, Dyspraxia, Anxiety, ADHD

  • Those with Access to work funding who would like work related support/coaching 

How can Alex support me?

  • Alex places a strong emphasis on affirming clients' identities and building confidence by creating a toolkit of strategies.

  • Furthermore, Alex provides practical adaptation and accommodation ideas that help clients navigate challenges.

  • Validation and a safe space to share your worries, challenges and celebrate your wins

Common sessions include:

(weekly, fortnightly or monthly check-in's)

  • Managing my fatigue 

  • Body-doubling 

  • Preparing for life transitions or travel

  • Understanding my neurotype and how to support and advocate for myself

  • Improving my emotional well-being

  • Support gaining or maintaining employment through reasonable adjustment advice 

  • Understanding and supporting my sensory needs to improve my well-being and burnout.

 

You might be ready for OT sessions with me if:

You are ready to experiment 

OT is a collaborative process where you actively engage in setting goals and making changes in your life. Maybe you have had psychotherapy and now want to start building a toolkit of strategies, a lot of OT involves experimentation, trial and error until we create the toolkit that's right for you.


You have an idea of what you want to be different

It's essential to have an understanding of the areas of your life that you want to improve with the help of occupational therapy. Can you identify any specific challenges or goals you wish to discuss?


You are not currently in crisis

If you are currently in crisis or feel the you need to explore your mental health more deeply, psychotherapy or other mental health services may be more suitable for your needs currently. Often clients find OT most beneficial as a next step after they have had psychotherapy.


You understand that OT focuses on empowering you to create change

OT is centered around empowering individuals to improve their quality of life by providing them with the necessary skills tools, strategies, and support to achieve your goals. . Are you ready to take an active role in creating positive changes in your life?

If you are looking for a specialist in areas like eating disorders, choosing wheelchairs, stroke, dementia. These are not my areas of expertise. This does not mean you can't work with me, it just means I am not comfortable providing advice in these areas, I will signpost you to other professionals were possible.

What to expect:

Occupational therapy is a collaborative journey focused on practical, functional support exploration. Rather than offering definitive answers, my role is to facilitate discussions and support you in developing a personalised toolkit of support strategies while also providing validation and empathy. It is important that clients come to OT with goals or areas they want to work on, I can help you narrow them down or define them further. It is important to note that OT is distinct from psychotherapy. While we often discuss mental health and emotions, my role lies in practical strategies, rather than deep exploration.

Alex's ultimate goal is to empower clients to live happier and more fulfilling lives, embracing their neurodivergent identities. 

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How can Alex support my teenager, Employee or family member?

  • In addition to individual therapy sessions, I provide comprehensive support and guidance to families, caregivers, educators, and workplaces.

  • I aim to help them better understand and meet the unique needs of their loved ones, students, or employees who are neurodivergent.

  • By working together, we can create an inclusive and supportive environment that promotes growth and success for everyone.

How can Alex help me feel more part of the neurodivergent community?

*coming soon*

  • In addition to individual therapy sessions and consulting, I also offer support groups as a lower-cost and more community based alternative to 1-1 sessions.

  • Connect with other neurodivergent adults who share similar experiences

  •  Learn and share coping strategies to manage anxiety, stress, burnout and other common challenges

  •  Build a sense of community and belonging

  • Share and discuss your personal experiences and learn from others

Contact Me

Alexandra Lawrence  BA, MSc, MRCOT

HCPC registered Occupational Therapist

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