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Keira is a Mental Health Occupational Therapist (MHOT) and an Animal Assisted Therapist working with Zumi, a five year old Japanese Spitz.
As a Mental Health Occupational Therapist, Keira is accredited through Occupational Therapy Australia and Medicare to provide psychologically informed therapy under a Mental Health Treatment Plan (just like our psychologists are).
What is a Mental Health Occupational Therapist (MHOT)?
Mental Health Occupational Therapists have been trained to use frameworks that seek to understand the whole person, including their internal and external experiences, from a neurobiological and psychosocial perspective.
As an MHOT, Keira will explore with you how to recover, adapt and adjust to challenges you might have experienced, to manage and maximise your mental and overall health, functioning and wellbeing. By seeking to understand your holistic experience, Keira works to identify and implement support specifically tailored to you and your unique and personal experience.
Keira recognises the courage it takes to begin the process of therapy and aims to make you feel comfortable and at ease from the moment you walk through the door. You will find Keira a compassionate, deeply caring and accepting therapist who is genuinely interested in, and committed to, getting to know you and supporting you.
Keira brings energy and vitality to the therapeutic relationship whilst having the capacity to attune (meet you where you are at), and provide containment and safety within your session. Taking a generally conversational approach to therapy, means your time together flows naturally, with Keira providing guidance and direction where this feels like the right approach. Where it is safe to do so, Keira seeks to have fun, introduce playfulness, and use humour within sessions. Keira is open to – and in fact encourages – feedback and collaboration in the therapeutic relationship; in this way you can share what works (and what doesn’t), and what most aligns with you throughout the therapy experience.
Areas of Interest
Keira enjoys working with all ages (including children) and presentations, although has a particular interest in:
- Trauma and complex trauma;
- Mood disorders;
- Adjustment to times of life transition;
- Holistic life wellness and overall mental and physical wellbeing.
Keira uses an eclectic approach to therapy, utilising a long history working in a range of mental health settings to truly understand each client as a unique person with unique circumstances and experiences. In this way Keira will work together with you in a way that is truly developed with and for you personally. Keira has experience working with the following approaches:
- Animal Assisted approaches to therapy (with her sidekick, Zumi – a trained animal assisted therapy dog);
- Trauma informed therapeutic care;
- Person centred approaches;
- Compassion focussed Therapy;
- Neuro-psychotherapeutic approaches;
- Cognitive and behavioural Therapy;
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy;
- Executive Functioning interventions;
- Sensory and body-based approaches;
- Play therapy approaches;
- Expressive therapy work
- Mindfulness and relaxation interventions;
- Meaningful occupation and values focussed approaches.
In her spare time Keira loves spending time with her family and children, visiting the beach, taking bushwalks, yoga, reading in her hammock, catching up with friends over coffee and op shopping.
Keira believes that each and every one of us deserves to live an enjoyable and fulfilling life and would consider it a privilege to work alongside you as you find this for yourself.
To make an appointment try Online Booking. Alternatively, you can call M1 Psychology Brisbane on (07) 3067 9129.