This blog offers health care providers thoughtful commentary and resources so they can help people develop their skills for living well, while respecting individual values.
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About me: I trained as an occupational therapist, and graduated in 1984. Since then I’ve continued study at postgraduate level and my papers have included business skills, ergonomics, mental health therapies, and psychology. I completed by Masters in Psychology in 1999, and started my PhD in 2007. I’ve now finished my thesis (yay!) and can call myself Dr, or as my kids call me, Dr Mum.
I have a passion to help people experiencing chronic health problems achieve their potential. I have worked in the field of chronic pain management, helping people develop ‘self management’ skills for 20 years. Many of the skills are directly applicable to people with other health conditions.
My way of working: collaboratively – all people have limitations and vulnerabilities – as well as strengths and potential. I use a cognitive and behavioural approach – therapy isn’t helpful unless there are visible changes! I don’t use this approach exclusively, because it is necessary to ‘borrow’ at times from other approaches, but I encourage ongoing evaluation of everything that is put forward as ‘therapy’. I’m especially drawn to what’s known as third wave CBT, things like mindfulness, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and occupation.
I’m also an educator. I take this role very seriously – it is as important to health care as research and clinical skill. I offer an active knowledge of the latest research, integrated with current clinical practice, and communicated to clinicians working directly with people experiencing chronic ill health. I’m a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedic surgery & Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Otago Christchurch Health Sciences. Remember though: this blog represents my opinion, and not the opinion of my employer.
I also offer courses, training and supervision for therapists working with people experiencing chronic ill health.
If you are a person experiencing health problems, you may find information here that is helpful. I encourage you to make sure any advice you receive anywhere (including here) is based on sound scientific studies. This blog is not designed to give any personal advice on health conditions, and should not replace a consultation with your own health care providers. I cannot be personally held responsible for any decisions you make on the basis of the information in this blog.
Some comments about commenting
I hope you find this blog interesting, thought-provoking and challenging. I look forward to dialogue, debate and differences – but be prepared to support your point of view with evidence. If you hold an opinion, make sure you have some science to back it up! If you comment, I’m bound to consider your opinion to be non-medical or a lay opinion. All commenters must behave at all times with respect and honesty.
If you do decide to comment, please remember that your posts will be visible to everyone – but you may edit or delete your comments if you wish. If you comment, and give recommendations, you must either provide a link to a reputable source to verify it, or make it clear that you have personally experienced it yourself. Your comments must be true and not be misleading, and please remember, that I do not allow comments that are advertisements for products or services. I don’t allow any advertisements on this blog, and any announcements I do make are purely for education (I don’t make money from advertising on this blog).
What you’ll find here over time:
- cognitive behavioural therapy
- ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
- chronic pain management
- values-based therapy
- interdisciplinary teams
- using exposure therapy
- and more!!
Bronwyn Thompson, PhD, MSc (Psych) 1st Class Hons, DipOT, Registered Occupational Therapist
Please note: I do not allow advertising on this site, and receive no advertising revenue from any links that you may follow. This site is personally funded by me, and I receive no funding from any agency or organisation for the production or information contained on this website.
All case reports presented on these pages are typically composites of multiple patients with identifying information changed for the sake of confidentiality. All opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author only, and do not represent the positions of her employers or any medical facility or organization with which she is affiliated.
Last updated: October 2019