Occupational Therapy at DASU

Occupational Therapy at DASU

DASU is working in partnership with BCUHB Therapies Department to deliver this new and innovative service to our clients which includes having a qualified Occupational Therapist sitting within the DASU team and working directly with survivors of abuse who are experiencing additional barriers.

This service is currently only being delivered in our Wrexham office, however we are working with a few other partners to increase provision and deliver across all of our DASU sites.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a profession concerned with what we do in our daily lives (occupation), and how this both affects and is affected by our physical and mental health.

Occupational therapy is a holistic treatment and will take into consideration your thoughts, feelings, physical needs, home environment, family and daily routines.

The main goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable each person to achieve their maximum level of independence, enabling participation in everyday activities and improving quality of life.

How is the service delivered?

You may work with the Occupational Therapist within a group or one-to-one therapeutic sessions.
Occupational Therapy uses Recovery through Activity to increase participation in everyday life. It will also help you to identify areas of your life which may be a barrier to your future:

  • Leisure activities – passive and active
  • Creative activities – risk-taking and problem solving
  • Technological activities – weighing up positive and negative outcomes
  • Physical activities – benefits of physical and mental health
  • Outdoor activities – the power of nature and restoring wellbeing
  • Faith activities – discovering spiritual and religious beliefs
  • Leisure activities – passive and active
  • Creative activities – risk-taking and problem solving
  • Technological activities – weighing up positive and negative outcomes
  • Physical activities – benefits of physical and mental health
  • Outdoor activities – the power of nature and restoring wellbeing
  • Faith activities – discovering spiritual and religious beliefs

Why Occupational Therapy?

  • Occupational Therapists understand how domestic abuse can impact a person’s ability to do the things that are important for them.
  • They understand how activity and health are interlinked, and work with people to maintain the life roles and activities that support their health and wellbeing.
  • They use evidence-based information in their practice to enable people to live their lives in a way that is meaningful and satisfying for them.
  • They take a person-centred approach which emphasises a person’s strengths and personal preferences.
  • They recognise and promote the rights of people of all abilities to participate in the activities of everyday life.

Is Occupational Therapy relevant to me?

Occupational Therapists support people with all types of mental health issues triggered by living in an abusive relationship. Occupational Therapy is concerned with how these issues may impact your ability to do the things that are important to you. Because you are a unique person your Occupational Therapy plan will be specific to your needs and priorities.

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