Occupational Therapy

Helping clients achieve greater independence and satisfaction in their daily lives through a holistic approach that addresses physical, mental, and environmental factors.

Committed to your health and wellness.

Our Occupational Therapist can play a vital role in helping clients improve their health and well-being by providing health counselling and support.

Areas of focus include:

  • Depression and low mood
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Stress management
  • Emotion regulation
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Communication
  • Pain management
  • Ergonomics assessments
  • Functional/Home assessment and equipment provision

Explore our Services

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Mental Health Assessment

An initial assessment with our Occupational Therapist would involve identifying client-specific functional deficits and identifying targeted goals to address symptoms and improve functioning. Our OT will assist clients with reaching their goals in order to engage in their activities of daily living, home and community management and/or vocational tasks. Additionally, our Occupational Therapist works collaboratively with our multi-disciplinary team and can assist in identifying any additional referrals that may be necessary to address health concerns. 

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Mental Health Counselling

A client-centred approach is used in order to develop a therapeutic relationship with each of our clients. Treatment may include identifying lifestyle changes and routine building as well as teaching research-based coping skills strategies (utilizing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approaches and/or Motivational Interviewing). 

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Ergonomics Assessment

During the assessment, our Occupational Therapist will identify any ergonomic risk factors that may be present in the workplace, such as poor posture, repetitive motions, awkward movements, or poorly designed workstations or tools. She will then work with the person to develop a customized plan to address these risk factors and improve the overall ergonomics of the work environment.

By identifying and addressing ergonomic risk factors, our OT can help improve productivity, reduce absenteeism, and enhance the overall quality of life of the person in the workplace.

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Behavioural Activation Programs

Physical activity has consistently been shown to be associated with improved physical health, life satisfaction, cognitive functioning, and psychological well-being. Studies have shown that as an adjunctive treatment, exercise can be an effective and cost-efficient alternative or adjunct treatment for a variety of depression and anxiety-related disorders.

Our physiotherapists and certified exercise physiologists work directly with insurance companies to help employees who are dealing with mental health struggles optimize function, mood and independence, with the goal of helping them re-enter the workplace.

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Functional/Home assessment and equipment provision

A functional assessment from our Occupational Therapist is a service that aims to help individuals with disabilities or health conditions achieve greater independence and improve their ability to carry out daily activities.

Equipment provision is an important component of this service, as it involves identifying and providing the person with the equipment they need to carry out their daily activities more independently. This may include items such as mobility aids, adaptive equipment for self-care and household/workplace tasks, or technology to assist with communication or access to information.

Our Occupational Therapist

Alana Konkin | Occupational Therapist at Pure Lifestyle Winnipeg

Alana Konkin

Occupational Therapist
Alana Konkin | Occupational Therapist at Pure Lifestyle Winnipeg

Alana Konkin

Occupational Therapist

Alana has always had a strong interest in health, wellness, and optimizing function. Over the past 6 years, she has worked in a variety of settings at the Health Sciences Centre such as inpatient sub-acute medicine and women’s hospital, the outpatient renal program, inpatient general psychiatry, inpatient amputee, neuromuscular and spinal cord rehabilitation.

Alana believes in the importance of ongoing learning to continually improve her practice, whether through attending workshops, reading books, or listening to podcasts. She values providing education on the mind-body connection as well as understanding personal, environmental, and lifestyle factors that contribute to overall well-being. Alana has experience with coping skills education, utilizing treatment approaches such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to assist clients in developing strategies and improving their self-awareness to manage symptoms. Additionally, she has a strong interest in trauma-informed care and its implications in mental health practice.

Education

Masters of Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology

Interests

Biking
Hiking
Camping
Art (painting, drawing, etc.)
Yoga
Reading
Gardening (in particular collecting house plants)
Cooking and nutrition
Spending time with her partner, family and cat

As we believe strongly in progressive education, our therapists continually strive to use current trends and research principles in clinic.