Occupational Therapy Services in Dartmouth

Bring Back Your Life, Fun, And Function With Our Occupational Therapy

Engaging in occupational therapy can spark the revival of your true self, bridging the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

This journey with us serves as a beacon of hope, fostering an environment where overcoming limitations becomes a fulfilling and uplifting experience, rather than a chore.

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What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is, in essence, a person-centred practice, deeply rooted in understanding an individual’s unique circumstances and goals. By focusing on augmenting one’s abilities and creating an environment that suits their needs, we aim to enhance their overall quality of life. Thus, through occupational therapy, not only can individuals recover and maintain their skills for daily living and working, but they can also achieve a renewed sense of purpose, satisfaction, and a true sense of empowerment.


What are the Benefits of Occupational Therapy Services?

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Embarking on the journey of Occupational Therapy can be a transformative experience. This comprehensive approach to wellbeing supports you in navigating life’s challenges with increased resilience and self-assuredness. Through occupational therapy, you have the opportunity to bolster problem-solving skills, actively engage in meaningful daily activities, and live a healthier and more fulfilling life. This, in turn, fortifies your sense of self and enhances overall life satisfaction.

Felicia Burchell B.Sc.O.T., (Reg NS,NB,PE), MEd (Counselling), RCT, CCC

I graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1989

Vivica Steer B.A, MA (Counselling), RCT-C, CCC

My passion for helping has led me on a path to achieving an M.A. in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University, NB and a B.A. in Guidance and Counselling

Emilee Musgrave MA Candidate

Emilee Musgrave, is also a lover of downtown Dartmouth. Emily is doing her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. She also holds a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University.


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What We offer In

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Assessment

Our comprehensive assessments examine the physical, cognitive, and emotional factors impacting an individual's daily functioning. The goal is to develop a thorough understanding of the person's abilities and challenges to inform a tailored treatment plan.

Mental Health Assessment

Through detailed interviews and evidence-based assessment tools, we evaluate how mental health conditions may be affecting an individual's daily activities, relationships, and self-perception. Our compassionate approach ensures that no one has to endure mental health challenges alone.

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)

This intensive, standardised evaluation objectively measures an individual's current physical functioning level and their ability to perform functional or work-related tasks safely and consistently over a defined period.

Cognitive Functional Assessment

A cognitive functional assessment objectively measures one's functional abilities to perform physical and cognitive demands of life, including self-care, productivity, and leisure. This thorough evaluation uses objective testing methods to accurately gauge cognitive abilities such as attention, planning, memory, problem-solving, and executive function.

Job Demands Analysis/Functional Job Description

We conduct an objective assessment of essential job demands to gauge an employee's ability to perform his job. This understanding helps inform strategies for return to work or job modifications.

Job-Site Analysis/Ergonomic Assessment

This analysis evaluates the design of the workplace to identify strategies for reducing physical strain and stress. The goal is to enable work to be performed safely and efficiently.

Vocational Assessment

This comprehensive tool assesses an individual’s employability status based on their current (adjusted) occupational profile. It helps individuals and employers understand the person's strengths and areas for growth or support.

Cost of Future Care Assessment/Life Care Plan

This dynamic document provides an organized plan for current and future needs, including associated costs, for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs. It is based on comprehensive assessment, data analysis, and research.

Home Assessment

We assess the individual's ability to perform homemaking, home maintenance, and childcare tasks, taking into consideration any physical barriers in the environment that may impede function.

Functional Home Maintenance Evaluation

This report confirms a client’s future household replacement needs based on the client's functional capacity evaluation (FCE), medical reports, and personal intake. Recommendations for assistive devices and home modifications may be provided to enhance safety and independence.

Who Might Need Our Dartmouth Occupational Therapists ?

Occupational therapy can provide substantial support to individuals at any stage of their life who encounter difficulties in their daily activities due to physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges. 

Whether you’re a young adapting to the demands of a new role, a mid-career adult recovering from an injury or managing a chronic illness, or a senior navigating cognitive changes – occupational therapy can create a meaningful impact. 

It can help optimise work performance, balance work-life demands, and enhance overall job satisfaction.

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Healing begins here

Our Occupational Therapy Treatments

Mental Health Therapy

delves into factors that may have hindered your full engagement in everyday life tasks. Clients will gain strategies to overcome these roadblocks, fostering resilience and harnessing their intrinsic strengths, passions, values, and abilities.

Return To Work (RTW)

is an assertive, structured plan aiming to support clients in maintaining their work roles or safely reintegrating into appropriate work settings.

Pain Management

recognizes the profound impact chronic pain can have on life quality, affecting sleep, appetite, creating fatigue, and hindering recovery from illness or injury. This pain can extend its influence to emotional, psychological, and cognitive health.

Career Counselling/

is a transformative journey, harnessing the understanding of your unique strengths, capabilities, personality traits, values, and interests to inform decisions about your career trajectory and life aspirations.


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Book an appointment

No hassle. No stress. Appointments typically scheduled within one week and you can complete all of your registration paperwork prior to your appointment via our convenient and secure patient portal.

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Frequently asked questions

The cost can vary based on individual needs and the duration of therapy. We offer various payment options and work with insurance providers for ease.

OT helps individuals enhance their ability to perform daily activities, improve quality of life, and promote independence.

Occupational therapists assist individuals in performing meaningful and necessary activities despite physical, emotional, or cognitive challenges.

While both therapies aim to enhance quality of life, physiotherapy focuses more on improving physical functionality, while occupational therapy takes a more holistic approach, considering all aspects of an individual's life. 

Occupational therapy focuses on helping individuals improve their ability to perform daily tasks and live independently. It's about enabling you to safely manage routine activities and enjoy your favorite pastimes.

Physical therapy, on the other hand, is often needed to enhance physical mobility or manage specific health condition symptoms like pain and stiffness. A physical therapist will provide exercises or stretches to boost your strength and flexibility.

These therapies can sometimes overlap, and you might benefit from both simultaneously. While they may share common goals, their approaches to improving your health and safety differ.


Behavioural therapy focuses on modifying harmful behaviours, while occupational therapy aids individuals in performing daily activities effectively and meaningfully.

Absolutely, occupational therapy plays a significant role in managing mental health, assisting individuals in maintaining a balanced and satisfying routine.

Occupational therapy is definitely worth it. Starting something new or challenging your body and mind beyond your comfort zone can be tough, especially at first. It's normal to feel stressed, tired, or exhausted after occupational therapy sessions. These feelings are valid. Your therapist will work with you to set realistic goals and expectations. Always communicate with your therapist if something feels dangerous, scary, or painful.


Occupational therapy typically involves three stages: assessment, interventions, and evaluations.

Assessment: In the initial meeting, we will conduct an assessment to understand your goals and identify any barriers. We may also examine your home, workplace, or other frequent environments to determine where you need support.

Interventions: Interventions include tools, resources, or changes to your environment or routine to help you complete tasks more effectively. This might involve learning to use assistive equipment like a prosthetic limb or a wheelchair. Interventions can also include exercises to improve physical strength and coordination or working with a mental health professional on emotional issues. Your therapist will tailor interventions to your specific physical, mental, and social goals.

Evaluations and Outcomes: In this ongoing phase, our therapist will monitor your progress and make adjustments to your interventions as needed. They will ensure that your physical, mental, and emotional health is supported as you adapt to the changes.

Occupational therapy addresses a wide range of physical, mental, and developmental conditions to help individuals improve their daily functioning and quality of life. Some common conditions and areas treated by occupational therapy include:

  1. Physical Disabilities:

    • Stroke recovery
    • Arthritis
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Spinal cord injuries
  2. Developmental Disorders:

    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Down syndrome
    • Sensory processing disorders
    • Developmental delays
  3. Mental Health Conditions:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Schizophrenia
    • Bipolar disorder
  4. Chronic Conditions:

    • Diabetes
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • Heart disease
  5. Injuries:

    • Fractures and broken bones
    • Soft tissue injuries
    • Post-surgical recovery
  6. Aging-Related Issues:

    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Mobility issues
    • Age-related cognitive decline
  7. Pediatric Concerns:

    • Fine motor skill development
    • Handwriting difficulties
    • Behavioral issues
    • Learning disabilities