Contact InfoName: Martha Butler
Private Practice InfoPrivate Practice Name: Meaningful Life Occupational Therapy
Years in Practice: more than 30 years
I am passionate about facilitating people with, or at risk of developing chronic pain and associated health issues, return to meaningful activities in their lives including work. With the goal of functional reactivation, my treatment approach considers biological, psychological and social aspects of the client's health, and utilizes practical OT strategies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Coaching for Return to Work. A collaborative approach is taken with the client and others involved in their care to ensure treatment is coordinated and directed by the client's values and functional goals.
I have extensive work experience and continuing education in the fields of chronic pain, anxiety and depression management. Since 2016 I have collaborated with family physicians to support their patients in using self-management skills rather than relying on opioids. I am interested in the identification of people at risk of developing chronic pain or opioid dependence, and intervening early to facilitate a change in perspective to one of self-reliance and engagement in meaningful activities.
Meaningful Life Occupational Therapy services are funded via Employers, Extended Health, Long-term Disability, Veterans Affairs Canada, Worker's Compensation Board, and are available to private clients. They include: pain neuroscience education, transitional pain education, self-management skills training, behavioural activation, insomnia management, ergonomic recommendations, ADL equipment prescription, work accommodations, and gradual return to work planning.