Kendra Neethling, occpational therapist at Nightingale Hospital in London

Kendra Neethling

Occupational Therapist

Professional Qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • Honours in Occupational Therapy (BSc.)
  • Currently completing: Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology And Counselling (PGDip)

Professional Statement:

I trained as an Occupational Therapist at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and have since pursued work in mental health care – specifically in addictions and eating disorders.
I have experience working in a variety of settings including acute psychiatric hospitals, addictions and eating disorder rehabilitation centres, Non-Profit Organisations and within the private sector. During my time in mental healthcare, I have worked with both in and outpatients conducting functional capacity assessments and working one-on one, or within group settings to meet my patients specific intervention needs.
As the Occupational therapist for the Eating Disorder Unit at Nightingale Hospital, I am responsible for the running and development of the Occupational Therapy program, working alongside the team to maximise the scope of care given to our patients.

Personal Statement:

My experience in mental health has taught me the importance of providing compassionate, client-centred care that facilitates individual growth spaces within a contained and safe space. My aim is to support my patients in achieving their functional goals that allow them to actively interact and engage with their daily responsibilities, tasks and roles. Accordingly, I strive to utilise my knowledge and experience to facilitate this in a productive and effective way.

I follow a holistic approach, incorporating the humanistic, psychodynamic, dialectical behavioural and cognitive behavioural models of therapy into my therapy spaces. I place a strong emphasis on the importance of the therapeutic relationship within my sessions, and the subsequent trust necessary to facilitate growth.

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