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Olivia McGrath - Occupational Therapist

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Olivia McGrath, Occupational Therapist

My name is Olivia McGrath, and I am delighted to introduce myself as an independent private practitioner. Allow me to give you a very brief synopsis of who I am and what has brought me to this point in my professional life.

My core values are Compassion, Optimism, Respect and Kindness. These values drive my commitment to deliver the best quality service to my clients. My raison d'être is to make a meaningful difference in peoples lives.

Public Sector

Qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 1998, I was fortunate to spend 17 years in the Public Sector with the HSE Cavan/ Monaghan Mental Health Services where following many accomplished years working alongside inspiring people, I was appointed as ‘Recovery Coordinator’ for Cavan/Monaghan Mental Health Services. As the pinnacle of my career, this position was a heady achievement for me. It defined an iconic cultural shift towards service user and family member involvement in service decision making, improvements, developments, and governance structures. I had significant input on the National ‘Advancing Recovery in Ireland’ team, and under my guidance Cavan/Monaghan Mental Health Service was awarded a substantial ‘Genio’ grant to employ Peer Support Workers further embedding the Recovery approach into the fabric of mental health service provision.

Private Sector

Following this success, and with a need for ‘more’ in my professional life, I was encouraged to take up a new challenge in the Private Sector. In 2017 I accepted a position as Clinical Team Lead for a Therapeutic Residential Care provider, Ashdale Care. I was asked to lead and develop a growing Multi Disciplinary Clinical Team. In this 5 year period I introduced OT and the Sensory Attachment Intervention(SAI) model and its approaches to the service, The positive outcomes achieved through the use of sensory regulating activities was felt by all, the young people and their carers. This success heightened my drive to further enhance my understanding of the impact of developmental and relational trauma on the developing child, and ask the question, ‘What more can be done to improve our services to enhance the lives of young people, their carers and their family members?’

SAI Journey

In 2018 I began my SAI journey with Eadaoin Bhreathnach the internationally renowned Occupational Therapist, creator of the Sensory Attachment Intervention Model, and The Just Right State Programme, and more recently in 2021 with Dr Steve Farnfield creator of The Child Attachment and Play Assessment (CAPA) and founder of the MSc Attachment Studies programme at the University of Roehampton U.K.

The Future

I have extensive professional and personal skills to guide the support system around the young person towards a greater understanding of themselves and the young person in their care. The goal of my work is to encourage a compassion focused, trauma and attachment informed approach to caring for young people in all environments.

I want to join the many voices in society who advocate for a Recovery Oriented, Trauma and Attachment Informed approach in our systems. Our Mental Health Services, Residential Care Homes, Schools, GP’s, Hospitals, Prison and Probationary Services and our places of work.

Imagine a world where we view human nature through a Trauma and Attachment informed lens. Imagine the potential for healing and growth in our society.

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