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  • Dealing with Death

    One thing anyone working in Long Term Care (LTC) will have to deal with is people passing away. During my years as a COTA I had several people I was currently working with die. It was never easy to deal with, but it's a fact of life. Since most people in a nursing home have already had some sort of illness or injury they are already compromised ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 8, 2014
  • I Need Your Help

     When I first meet with a new client, I always begin by asking the following question: ''What is the most important thing that you'd like to work on right now?'' However, this wasn't always the case. I spent years going right into my ''spiel'' without really considering my clients' specific wants and needs. In retrospect, I was being ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on July 10, 2014
  • The Hidden Meaning of Tension

    Dr. Joe likes to say, ''Thoughts are the language of the mind, and feelings are the language of the body.'' The problem is that we don't tend to be very good at ''listening'' (i.e. feeling). Instead of paying attention to the tension/stress we feel so much of the time and asking the question, ''What is my body trying to tell me,'' we tend to ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on June 12, 2014
  • Bipolar Disorder and OT

    I recently attended the funeral of a woman who never made it to her fortieth birthday. Despite a loving and supportive husband, parents and extended family, a master's degree, a promising career, and appropriate medication, bipolar disorder trumped all and one evening while home alone, she simply ''snapped.'' In the past, she'd made several ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on May 5, 2014
  • Can You Remember Your Future?

    As many of you know, one of my favorite sources of inspiration and knowledge is Dr. Joe Dispenza. I just completed my 2nd Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself Advanced Workshop, which was one of the most empowering experiences of my life. Before I share one of my favorite insights, it's important to mention that deep down, we already KNOW what ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on February 27, 2014
  • I Love When This Happens

    I had a fantastic session with a very young anxiety ridden man today.  When we first started, I could tell it was quite difficult for him to even speak a complete sentence without a great deal of hesitation. He was clearly trying to be ''perfect'' and not make any mistakes, and I know from experience how painfully exhausting it is to be ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on January 23, 2014
  • Do You Get Caught in the the “I Know, BUT. . .” Trap?

    One of the things that make the topic of consciousness a bit tricky is that we all already ''know'' these inherent truths on some level.  It's incredibly easy to get caught in the ''I know, BUT ...'' trap that is precisely what prevents us from taking what we ''know'' to deeper level where it can make a meaningful difference in our lives. ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on October 31, 2013
  • Can You Be Passionately Detached?

    In the summer of 2012 I had a Level 2 student along with a very challenging client in our day hospital program. My student and I were frustrated by her because she was essentially like a high power energy sucking vacuum. Even though she was higher functioning, she had an excuse for everything. No matter what options we presented to move forward, ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on October 10, 2013
  • Can You Hear the Silence?

    I recently watched an interview with Doreen Virtue who stated, ''The Ego's job is to delay happiness.'' The Ego believes that we need external conditions to be a certain way so it's always ''hustling'' and trying to control things so we can get our way and be happy. We've all had the experience of getting something we wanted (e.g. new ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on September 5, 2013
  • Continuing Education in the Old Days

    So are you one of the ones that hates having to attend yet another long and boring continuing education class? Over my years as a COTA I attended many classes to get Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). Yes some are boring, and repetitious, but it's all in what you want to make it. Before the days of internet education, we actually had to go to ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 23, 2013
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