Sally is a registered Occupational Therapist (OT) with post graduate training in Counselling and
Psychotherapy. Her clinical practice spans more than twenty years in both public, private and community
sectors and includes working with adults, children, and families. She has significant experience engaging
with both primary and secondary schools in government and private sectors, and she understands the
complexities of school environments.
The primary goal of Occupational Therapy (OT) is to help people participate in their ‘occupations’ in everyday
life. Often children come to the clinic presenting with limitations or barriers to their participation in a range of
For children, meaningful everyday activities or ‘occupations’ could include:
Learning at school
Being a friend
Being a family member
Participating in sports
Belonging to a club
Being a part-time worker (15 years+) or volunteer
Participating in hobbies/pursing interests
Looking after yourself (getting dressed, making a snack, remembering your things etc)
The number one priority for Sally when she starts working with people is to first build a trusting, comfortable and therapeutic relationship. This is the foundation for understanding the barriers to participation and then working towards growth and change.
The natural environment and physical activities such as a simple walk or scooter ride through the gardens or along the beach can be a very effective therapeutic tool for children. They may not realise they are learning to overcome their barriers when they are having fun, absorbed in activity or 'occupation’. We call this Walk and Talk therapy. Activities are tailored to each individual child and their needs.
Sally’s dog Tommy is a black and white Maltese Shih tzu. He is 1 year old and he is learning to become a therapy dog and join in sessions, just like Max.