About the Author

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I am an occupational therapist and PhD student. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to gain valuable clinical experience while commencing a research career straight after graduating. I’ve always been a curious person and enjoy putting my energy into understanding concepts and processes. Ultimately I believe that engaging in occupation is A Good Thing, but would like to understand the complexities as to ‘how’ and ‘why’ it is so.

I’m also an ex service-user, who has recovered from Borderline Personality Disorder (sometimes also referred to as Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Anorexia and Bulimia.

I hope this blog can help me develop my academic writing and reflections, as well as providing a space to explore the experience of entering a profession of which I once was a (somewhat difficult and unmanageable) client.

10 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Hi! I just came across your blog today, and I think it is great! I am a second year Master’s OT student in Maryland about to start my first level II fieldwork. Prior to entering OT school, I worked as a recreational therapist in mental health for 10 years and became very interested in DBT. I have been to a couple of DBT trainings by BehavioralTech, and have incorporated it fully into my practice as an RT. I am really interested in continuing to use it as a foundation for my OT practice, and agree that there is a serious lack of literature on OT and DBT. Please consider me a contact as you continue to pursue this area – I know OT and DBT are a great match, and am interested in research/writing about it in the future! Best of luck to you as you go through school, and keep blogging!

    • Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I’m so pleased to hear that there are others out there appreciating the compatibility of DBT and OT – I’ll definitely be in touch. Good luck with your studies, too.

  2. I just wanted to wish you all the luck. It is not easy to accomplish all that you have. It is a pleasure to read and see all of the things that you are aspiring to.

  3. I wish you all the best for your training. Having trained alongside a former service user turned psychologist, I can say there are definite insights that you will have that will be helpful for your future clients.

    I would also encourage you to write about your field and your journey. In my future novel, I am going to be touching on the issue of service user involvement in training healthcare professionals, as it really helps brings down the barriers.

  4. Hi i am an OT and DBT therapist and as part of an MSc i am completing an assignment on the unique contrabution an OT can bring to DBT. i found you post very interestion and would appritieate any infomation and advice you which you have colated since this pice

  5. I’m so glad I found your blog. Wonderful. I’m doing a PhD, pretty far on in terms of recovery (in terms of DBT somewhere between stage 2/3). I get disheartened by a lot of the stuff on the net about BPD. Very best wishes in your career, no doubt your personal experience will enrich your professional practice.

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