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Alison Hartigan

Alison Hartigan

Biopsychosocial

As an occupational therapist, mum and veteran, I am passionate about working with people towards their goals using a biopsychosocial (whole person) approach. I find it to be a privilege to walk alongside clients, supporting them with warmth and compassion to overcome barriers to participate more fully in life - with more ease and satisfaction.

Alison brings the biopsychosocial occupational therapy approach and her lived experience of military and family life, neurodiversity and working overseas to support clients towards enjoyment and ease in their lives. Occupation is activity that passes the time in context (eg cooking a meal with family) – and can include sleep, self care, work, play, leisure and many other activities of daily living.

About me:

As an occupational therapist, mum and veteran, Alison is passionate about working with people towards their goals using a biopsychosocial (whole person) approach. Alison finds it to be a privilege to walk alongside clients, supporting them with warmth and compassion to overcome barriers to participate more fully in life – with more ease and satisfaction. Alison is committed to supporting people towards improved well-being through occupational performance in their personal, domestic and community activities of daily living (ADLs), and management of energy, fatigue, pain and sensory-emotional regulation.

Alison brings her experience from previous roles in people leadership and management and massage therapy to her occupational therapy practice. In addition, Alison brings experience of working overseas and language teaching qualifications to support clients with a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

At the Belconnen Specialist Centre, Alison will provide in-clinic and telehealth appointments for adults with physical, executive function, sensory and emotional barriers to participation in daily occupations.

Memberships:

AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist

Member of Occupational Therapy Australia

Mental Health Occupational Therapist registered with Better Access to Mental Health – Medicare Benefits Schedule

Member of AusPATH (Australian Professional Association for Trans Health)

Member of IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain)

Qualifications:

Master of Occupational Therapy

Graduate Diploma in Mental Health

Graduate Diploma in Education

CERT IV Soft Tissue Therapies

Formal training includes (but not limited to):

Sensory profile assessment and sensory-emotional regulation interventions

Activities of Daily living/Needs and Functional Capacity Assessments

Acceptance Commitment Therapy

Focussed Acceptance Commitment Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Pain Reprocessing Therapy and pain management across the lifespan

Motivational Interviewing

Self management strategies – executive function, health management (e.g. fatigue, energy, pain, focus and alertness, sleep), time management, forming and developing new habits,sensory/emotional regulation (dampening neurological arousal and improving satisfaction), environmental adjustment strategies, activities of daily living, well-being.

Tai Chi in clinical settings training – may be included as part of mindfulness and movement strategies.