Available: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-3pm
Also providing DBT groups & family based DBT
Kyla has joined us to offer a bespoke service to support our adult clients with sensory difficulties. This has come from a huge need we identified in supporting our neurodiverse clients with sensory processing difficulties, so common in Autism and ADHD. Kyla is also trained/experienced in offering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for individual clients and in group settings, a well as working with their families.
Kyla qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2012 and worked in adult mental health since in a range of settings, both NHS and Private. Kyla has extensive experience of working with individuals to set and then achieve occupational goals to be able to engage in the activities they need and want to do. She is qualified in Sensory Integration (Level 1) and experienced in sensory assessments and therapy (including Sensory Ladders) to ultimately help individuals to regulate their emotions and engage in their chosen occupations. She is passionate about helping people understand themselves and their abilities, and then providing the support needed to make desired changes in their life.
HCPC - Health Care Professions Council
RCOT - Royal College of Occupational Therapists
SfDBT - Society For Dialectical Behavioural therapy
SIE - Basic Member of Sensory Integration Education
·Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist, Inpatient Mental Health, Essex University Partnership Trust (2021-Present)
·Private Occupational Therapy Supervision and DBT Sessional Therapy, Accomplish, Inpatient Mental Health, Lakeside (2019-2021)
·Senior Occupational Therapist, Community Mental Health Team, Cambridge & Peterborough Foundation Trust (2017-2021)
·Lead Occupational Therapist, Cygnet Healthcare, Forensic and Acute Mental Health Inpatient, Stevenage (2014-2017)
·Occupational Therapist, Cygnet Healthcare, Forensic and Acute Mental Health Inpatient, Stevenage (2012- 2014)
Post- Qualifying Training:
·Sensory Integration Education - Level 1 (Sensory Integration Network) 2020
·Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Intensive Training (British Isles DBT Training) 2013-2014
Kyla offers several packages of support as follows. These generally take place at her clinic, however if preferred/beneficial to be seen at home, home visits can be arranged, with travel time payable and mileage expenses of 50p per mile.
Standardised Assessment conducted remotely, either the Sensory Processing Measure-2 (SPM-2) or Adult/Adolescent Sensory Profile (1hr)
Scoring, interpretation and feedback (1hrs) Total 2hrs
Stage 1: Assessment
• Clinical Observations and daily routine interview (2-3hrs)
• Conduct Standardised Assessment, either the Sensory Processing Measure-2 (SPM-2) or Adult/Adolescent Sensory Profile - an interview conducted either via TEAMS or Face to Face in clinic (2hrs)
• Scoring and Interpretation (2hrs)
• Feedback about the findings, formulation and recommendations (1 - 1.5hrs)
Totalling 7-8.5 hours.
Stage 2: Sensory Modulation Intervention/Therapy
• With the knowledge of the assessment outcomes can build on recommendations and help develop personalised;
o Sensory Ladders
o Sensory Diets
Depending on need, totalling approx. 3-4 hours.
Stage 3: Collaboration/Signposting
• Sharing assessment outcomes and recommendations with employee’s, family etc. to build a support network of understanding.
• Signposting to practitioners who can provide more therapy for specific areas of need e.g. speech and language therapist.
• A chance to review the recommendations made initially to evaluate any progress and change function. Additional recommendations and/or adjustments can be made. Typically at 3 and 6 months after initial assessment or at any point on a case by case basis.
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