Occupational Therapy Services

Book an appointment on the Student Health Portal,
call (626) 395-8331, or come in to 1239 Arden Rd. to make an appointment
Occupations are all the things you occupy your time with (not just your job)! Occupational Therapy Services works to provide students with concrete and practical strategies they can put into practice toward achieving their desired goals. If you're looking to make a healthier lifestyle change, then we're your resource! Services are available to all eligible enrolled Caltech students and are NOT dependent on enrollment in any insurance plan.

  • Individual occupational therapy sessions
  • Consultations via office hours
  • Workshops
  • Custom workshops and outreach by request

Common Topics Include:

  • Time management and productivity
  • Planning and organization
  • Procrastination
  • Getting better sleep
  • Low motivation

Occupational therapy is NOT counseling. Read about the difference!

Student Wellness Services North
1245 Arden Rd.
Pasadena, CA 91125
(626) 395-8331

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

News and Announcements


Meeting ID: 861 3604 0213

Occupational therapy office hours are open to all students, regardless of whether you've been to OT before. Drop in and ask your questions about your to-do list, sleep, routines, and habits, and get resources.

Please note: Office hours are not meant to serve as an individual, private session and there may be others present to learn from as well!

Office Hour Dates Fall 2022

  • Nov 1, 2022 04:00 PM
  • Nov 8, 2022 04:00 PM
  • Nov 15, 2022 04:00 PM
  • Nov 22, 2022 04:00 PM
  • Nov 29, 2022 04:00 PM
  • Dec 6, 2022 04:00 PM
  • Dec 13, 2022 04:00 PM
  • Dec 20, 2022 04:00 PM

Occupational therapy will be offering workshops at the Catalinas on a rolling sign-up basis. When 3 or more people have signed up for a given topic, you will receive an email to coordinate the workshop date and time. Workshops will take place at the Central Cats Rec Room (350 S Catalina). Use the Google Form below to indicate your interest.

Sign up for a workshop

Financial Literacy: Budgeting (~45 minutes)

Budgeting isn't just about cutting back and skipping your favorite latte! In this workshop, we'll cover what it means to use your budget to build the life you want to have. Bring your laptops and get started on building your own budget in session.

Financial Literacy: Investing (~60 minutes)

When it comes to personal finance, the sheer amount of information available can be overwhelming and it can be easy to get stuck in decision paralysis. In this workshop, we will cover the basics of investing for retirement. Walk away with concrete steps and resources to start on right after the workshop!

Getting Organized: Deep Dive & how to retain what you're learning (~60 minutes)

Bring your laptops so you can get a jump start on these strategies! In this workshop, we'll explore more thorough ways of collecting and organizing your tasks and knowledge. We'll cover an introduction to David Allen's Getting Things Done and explore some useful programs for organizing information. We'll also talk about how to get the most out of learning and retaining what you read.

Getting Better Sleep (~60 minutes)

Learn about how sleep works and how to best craft your routines to feel well-rested and focused during the day. Bring your questions and get a handle on your sleep schedule!

What are occupations?

Occupations are all the ways you "occupy" your time - this includes your academic work, sleep, leisure, taking care of yourself, and more! Occupational therapy examines your habits, routines, and values in order to meet your individualized needs.

Some of the most common topics students work on in occupational therapy include:

  • Time management and productivity
  • Planning and organization
  • Procrastination
  • Getting better sleep
  • Low motivation

Occupational therapy focuses on:

  • Implementing practical strategies
  • Finding routines that work for you
  • Feeling capable about what you do

Occupational therapy isn't the same as counseling! How do I know which one is right for me?

An occupational therapist offers guidance by:

  • Making good habits and routines, and setting realistic goals
  • Making data-driven strategies to meet your goals

A counselor, on the other hand, can help you:

  • Learn how to cope with stressful situations and difficult emotions
  • Become more flexible and responsive in how you see yourself and others
  • Understand yourself better

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. We encourage students to take advantage of all the resources Caltech has to offer!

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Mon - Fri
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
1239 Arden Rd.
Mail Code 1-8
Pasadena, California 91125
Health (626) 395-6393 | Counseling (626) 395-8331
(626) 585-1522