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Practitioner

Vonnie McWilliams

Vonnie Mc williams is a highly specialist Occupational Therapist who is passionate about helping children and adults alleviate their symptoms through Meaningful and purposeful therapeutic intervention. This can be achieved through developing new skills, modifying the task and introducing aids and adaptions. Vonnie works in the NHS, Medical Legal companies, voluntary sector, insurance companies and with the individual and their carers. Member of BAOT,HSPC, BABCP and specialist groups.

Qualifications

  • Specialist Occupational Therapist - Bsc (hons) with 16 years experience
  • Advanced CBT therapist - Post Dip with 8 years experience
  • Registered with BAOT, BABCP,HCPC

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Vonnie is a specialist Occupational Therapist (OT) who works with children and adults to alleviate their symptoms through therapeutic intervention.

She has expert knowledge and experience in the fields of Learning Disability, Neurology, Oncology, CFS/ME,Respiratory, Mental Health including (Depression, anxiety and low self-esteem), Dementia,Physical Disability, Orthopaedics (such as Hip replacements), and general medical conditions.

She works with the NHS, Medical legal companies, Voluntary sector, Insurance companies and directly with the individual and their carers.

What does this entail?

I undertake a comprehensive clinical assessment of the person’s level of function and address the areas of need, using evidence based approaches and standardised tests to ascertain and then maximise an individual's potential.

A relevant plan of action will be discussed such as 1:1 therapy sessions, Group sessions, alternative solutions, home adaptations, specialist equipment and assistive technologies.

Assessments

Assessements can involve all aspects of the individual's life, with particular focus on what they are finding difficult at the moment.

Assessments are carried out at your home, supported living centers, residential/nursing home, work or if it is easier in a clinical setting.

The assessment informs what intervention is required and after the options are discussed with you - a variety of assessment, intervention and review packages are available.

I deliver high quality Clinical expertise with a flexible approach and a prompt service.

Benefits Of Occupational Therapist

Anyone, of any age, can benefit from occupational therapy if they are unable to, or find it difficult to participate in a desired activity. Occupational therapists have training and knowledge in physical and psychosocial development and disorders and therefore look at the whole person, not just the physical aspects of the person’s problem. They also look at these problems or risks in terms of how they affect someone’s function.

By seeing an occupational therapist, people develop the skills for the job of living so they are able to participate more fully in the life they choose, or to prevent a disruption in their day-to-day living. Occupational therapy benefits the individual and those around them such as teachers, employers, parents, spouses and other family members.

For example

Occupational therapy can help overcome and/or develop strategies to cope with:

  • Mobility and seating problems due to developmental disorders, arthritis, a spinal cord injury or simply the aging process.
  • Managing pain due to an automobile accident, burns, incorrect lifting, arthritis, repetitive strain injuries such as CFS/ME and fibromyalgia.
  • Fatigue due to a heart condition, multiple sclerosis, depression, stress, strokes, etc.
    Returning to work after an injury or prolonged illness.
  • Relearning and finding new ways to manage home-making activities after a brain injury or acute mental illness.
  • Discovering memory aids and other tricks for people who complain of poor memory due to aging, Alzheimer’s, stress, etc

Occupational therapy can help prevent:

  • Unnecessary hospital stays or premature nursing home admissions.
  • Work injuries due to poor work station positioning, unrealistic pacing and other organizational and psychosocial strains.
  • School dropouts due to poor attention spans, or reading and writing difficulties.
  • Unemployment among people with a developmental disability or people with a mental illness.