OT helps you
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy empowers people to reach their full potential, achieve their goals, and enjoy life to the full.
“Occupation” refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow us to live independently and give us a sense of identity. This could be anything from essential day-to-day tasks, such as dressing or cooking, to the things that make us who we are—our job, interests, hobbies and relationships.
Occupational therapy provides practical support to enable people to overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing the activities that matter to them, and helps to increase people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.
How can Occupational Therapy help me?
Occupational therapists are skilled professionals who find solutions to everyday problems. For example an occupational therapist can advise you on approaching a task differently, using equipment or aids, adapting your home or working environment, and finding strategies to reach your chosen goals.
An occupational therapist will work with you and consider all your needs—physical, psychological, social and environmental. This support can make a real difference to your life, giving you a renewed sense of purpose, opening up new horizons, and changing the way you feel about the future.
How can I find an Occupational Therapist?
Your GP will refer you to an occupational therapist if appropriate. Or you may be advised to contact the social services department of your local council to arrange an occupational therapist home visit.*
You can also find a private occupational therapist by searching our list of independent Occupational Therapy Practitioners, calling 0845 129 7699 or 020 7989 0681, or sending an email to email@example.com.
*Social work departments in Scotland
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland