I went to an occupational therapist for anxiety. I went twice a week for 8 weeks, then went down to once every two weeks. I don’t think many people associate OT and anxiety, but it works. I’m going to explain my experiences with occupational therapy.
The first thing I did was go through an assessment process. My OT read me a “quiz” that helped her get a better understanding of how I lived, my cognitive and motor skills, how I handle social situations, etc. She then read it over and wrote out her understanding of me.
From there, I had sessions of being in the sensory gym and using the equipment. In the gym there were many things to do. My favourite was the hammock, it gave me a break from all the anxiety producing activities. My OT and I would go through different scents that I liked, fidgets that helped me focus on something other than my anxiety, and use the equipment to help me relax. One of the most helpful things in the sensory gym was when my OT turned off the lights, put a star projector on, and let me relax and “turn off” from the world. These little breaks from everything really helped me with self regulation.
My OT and I would work through strategies and figure out what helped. Such as exercises, breathing, and distractions. These strategies were aimed at going out into social situations and how to handle anxiety popping up.
Overall, going to an OT for anxiety was a very good decision, and I wish more people thought go that as an option.
Thanks for listening!