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Kate Binnington
MSc Occupational Therapy BA (HONS) Psychology

Occupational Therapy

About Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy focuses on everything we do in our day to day lives from brushing our teeth, to cooking, working, learning or even skydiving! It recognises that anything and everything we do impacts and is impacted upon by our health.

Within occupational therapy health is seen as a holistic and individual combination of physical, mental and emotional well-being. Good health is not merely the absence of illness but is defined by our ability to choose and engage in a range activities which have meaning and value for us and which contribute to our sense of identity, our sense of where we fit in the world and to our sense of self-worth.

The process of occupational therapy addresses difficulties individuals have in feeling satisfied with their ability to do the things they would like to do or problems in gaining a sense of meaning, value and satisfaction from their current activities and routines.

Amy Hookem

About me

I trained as on occupational therapist following a degree in psychology and found that the holistic, client centred approach fitted well with my personal beliefs. Crucially, I believe that what we do, how we do it and how this makes us feel is vitally important to our sense of identity, physical and mental health and our emotional well-being.

After working as an occupational therapist in Leeds and York NHS Primary Foundation Trust I recently took a break to have a family and now want to share what I think is a useful approach to achieving health, well-being and quality of life.

I offer a process that supports you to make decisions about your day to day life based on your experiences. The changes you make can have big impact on your mood, outlook on life and physical and mental health.

Together we will explore your likes, dislikes, skills and challenges using a mixture of conversation, reflection and structured written tasks. We will focus on what your daily life is like in the present and what you would like to be different in the future. We will work towards you gaining a better understanding of yourself in terms of the things you do, what they mean to you and how they contribute to your sense of identity, health and well-being.

I am a member of the Health Professions Council (I am registered as Kate Burke with the Health Professions Council as I am currently re-registering under my married name).

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