Occupational Therapy Services FAQs

Where are you located?

Our main office is located at Center for Student Services on the second floor in Room 248 (near the elevators).

Hours of Service:
Monday - Friday at 8:00am - 5:00pm
Closed on Institute Holidays.

What can I expect from Occupational Therapy Services?

Appointments are scheduled to be 1 hour long. Initial occupational therapy appointments will be spent getting to know you and your primary concerns, while follow-up appointments focus on checking in on your progress and creating a plan toward meeting your identified short-term goals. Occupational therapy consultations focus on providing concrete strategies and formulating a plan to manage a very specific area of focus. Occupational therapy screenings are 10-15 minutes long and focus on identifying the student's concerns and exploring the resources that fit the student's needs. 

How often do I have to come?

That's up to you and your therapist! Some students benefit from a weekly check-in, while others may be seen every two weeks, once a month, or even once a term. Many students start off meeting weekly, and adjust depending on their progress and individual schedules.

Is there anything I should bring?

You are encouraged to bring your phone, laptop, tablet, planner, or anything else that helps you stay organized. Other items such as your syllabi for current coursework may also be helpful.

How do I pick between counseling and occupational therapy?

An occupational therapist would be able to offer guidance by:

  • Optimizing day-to-day habits and routines
  • Creating short-term & long-term goals and maintaining accountability
  • Focusing on solutions by using activity analysis to recognize dysfunctional patterns
  • Developing pragmatic skills to create balance
  • Collecting data — sleep, time use
  • Focusing on individual strengths, untapped potential, and then link to action
  • Evaluating holistically — focusing on many dimensions of wellness
A counselor, on the other hand, focuses their conversation on ways to:
  • Recover from past traumas and cope with distress
  • Explore past relationships to improve self-concept and self-esteem
  • Work through underlying psychological issues that affect ability to function
  • Guiding people towards flexibility and responsiveness
  • Emotional integration and regulation
  • Awareness of past in order to promote insight and healing
  • Diagnose and treat mental disorders
What we have in common:
  • Individualized and client-centered
  • Scientifically driven, evidence-based
  • Defined goals

Remember, you are not limited to one therapy or the other. You may utilize both services to address the same problem as the different frameworks and methodologies of each profession can complement each other.