Mental Health & Cognitive Rehabilitation

Occupational therapy in mental health is used to help people to reach a level of functionality in all aspect of their life. The occupational therapist uses energy conservation and time management techniques to impact self-esteem, confidence, initiative, autonomy and concentration.

The program is for people having a perception of incapacity associated with residual symptoms (fatigue, concentration, problem solving and sleeping issues, loss in interests, stress, anxiety and sadness). The client in the mental health program also has a decrease in functional abilities surrounding activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living and work. The client needs a stimulating supervised environment to allow the development of different required skills to improve function at work and in personal life.

This individualized program is aimed at identifying and acting on the problem that caused the client to leave work. It facilitates returning to a more active lifestyle, satisfying and more balanced from an occupational standpoint. The occupational therapist specialized in mental health uses a cognitive behavioral therapeutic approach and also motivational interviewing techniques. This allows the program to aim for progressive behavioral activation adapted to each individual.


The program begins with an initial assessment in occupational therapy which allows the assessor to target the problems, beliefs, emotions and behavior of the client. The occupational therapist can then identify the areas that have been transformed by the disease or trauma (ex: depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.) and are affecting the client’s function in different aspects of life, including work. A personalized rehabilitation plan is then prepared for the client.