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Low motivation (strategies)

Now and then we all experience periods when we lack motivation, whether or not we know the reasons why. But persistently low motivation can cause us to under-perform at work, as well as cause problems at home and in our relationships.

We speak to many clients, family members and professionals concerned about lack of motivation and the impact this has on a person's daily life. Our understanding, non-judgemental assessments can help identify an individual's barriers to motivation, and allow us to plan to overcome these with practical strategies in an achievable time-frame.

How OT's help

We regularly help clients overcome temporary or long-term episodes of low motivation. Some of the most common triggers for approaching us include:

  • Loss, or the threat of loss, of employment due to persistent lateness or under-performance
  • Persistently low mood or self-esteem, leading to strained relationships with family and friends
  • Anxiety and reduced appetite
  • Difficulties in maintaining concentration beyond very short periods
  • Inability to maintain a routine or structure in everyday life

Our sensitive assessment process can allow a specialist occupational therapist to identify such problems along with the reasons for them, informing our recommendations and allowing us to plan a pathway to improved mood and motivation.

Our approach

Our aim is to provide practical, non-obtrusive support to help improve motivation, so our assessment may involve looking at:

  • A client's medical history and any current diagnosis
  • Their social circumstances and support networks
  • Changes to daily routines
  • The roles and responsibilities they feel obliged to meet
  • Longer-term wishes and goals for the future

Common recommendations

Some practical solutions that we may advise to help stimulate motivation include:

  • Identifying realistic goals that can be broken down into small, achieveable steps
  • Management of anxiety or fatigue
  • Routine planning

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Why The OT Practice

We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands. That is why, when you first make contact with us, you will straightaway be able to explain your concerns to a member of our client management team who will be able to provide relevant information about our services, answer any questions you may have and provide guidance on next steps. This dedicated team will then remain in charge of your case through any subsequent assessment and treatment we provide.

Other reasons to rely on The OT Practice include:

  • We visit you in your own home and at a time convenient to you and your family, and are happy to offer evening and weekend appointments
  • We do not have waiting lists and so can offer appointments within 7 working days of referral or sooner
  • Our extensive nationwide network of registered occupational therapists allows us to find you the right local therapist
  • We can provide ongoing support for as long as you need it
  • Our clear, fixed pricing system will be provided to you in writing for you to consider in your own time
  • Your occupational therapist will be a specialist in their field, with over 5 years' clinical experience including time in social services or NHS practice
  • Our team are well connected to networks of local and national equipment providers, stair lift and building companies

Services for businesses, organisations and the public sector

Case managers

We help your client's achieve optimum independence through assessment, treatment & advice.

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Solicitors

We provide solicitors with professional reports for educational tribunals or rehabilitation needs.

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Healthcare concierge

Assessment and treatment services for clients in their own homes both in the UK and internationally.

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Next steps

Initial enquiry

During your initial call to us you can discuss your concerns with a member of our client management team, who will be able to understand what your difficulties are, provide information and advice on our services and identify the right OT from our team.

Quote

If therapist input is recommended, we will send you a detailed quote via email or in writing explaining what, after a full assessment, we would propose and how much it would cost, as well as rates for further work that might be recommended in the future.

Referral

Once you have had time to consider the options and costs, and if you would like to go ahead, the next step would be to fill in our online referral form. In the meantime, if you have further concerns or questions then our client manager will be happy to discuss them with you.

Assessment

Our therapist will then contact you within 24 hours to arrange a visit at your home. Normally this first visit will comprise a full assessment, after which you will receive a comprehensive written report.

Advice

The report will include a clear record of our findings and recommendations. These may include useful items you can buy or activities you can do independently, but they may also include more complex recommendations such as home adaptations or additional treatment by the occupational therapist. Where additional involvement is required, we will follow up the report with a detailed quotation so that you have all the information needed to make an informed decision.

As Private Occupational Therapists our aim is to provide choices and guidance to help you decide what the best options are for you

Catherina

Essex, East Anglia

Catherina is an Occupational Therapist specialising in Functional Rehabilitation. She is based in Essex, visiting clients across the county.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Essex, Kent, London - East

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Self care, Wheelchair accreditation

Sarah

Swindon, Wiltshire

Based in Swindon, Sarah is a Paediatric OT visiting children in a home or school setting across the South-West.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Berkshire, Bristol, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Swindon

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Self care, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support, Makaton, Learning disability

Sorrel

Cumbria, North West England

Based in Lancaster, Sorrel is an experienced OT offering specialist Functional Rehabilitation for adults across the North-West of England.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Daily living skills, Self care, Anxiety management & relaxation

Karen

Hertfordshire, East Anglia

Karen is an Occupational Therapist based in London, delivering specialist rehabilitation and Housing & Equipment assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South of England, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, London - Central, London - North, London - West

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Self care, Postural management

Sarah

Devon, West and South West of England

Specialising in neuro-rehabilitation, Sarah is an OT based in Devon, working with clients following neurological trauma or diagnosis.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Behaviour management, Postural management

Suzanna

Denbighshire, Wales

Suzanna is an expert Occupational Therapist based in Wales, specialising in Housing & Equipment, and Moving & Handling.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Wales, Cheshire, Merseyside, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Self care, Postural management, Wheelchair accreditation, Learning disability

Stephanie

London - West, London

Based in London, Stephanie is an experienced OT offering Functional Rehabilitation and Housing & Equipment assessments and recommendations.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex, London - Central, London - West

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care

Matt

Lancashire, North West England

Providing specialist Housing and Equipment assessments, Matt is an experienced OT covering the North West region.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Liverpool, Manchester, Salford

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments

Richelle

Surrey, South East of England

Specialising in Neurological Rehabilitation and Paediatrics, Richelle is an OT based in Epsom, Surrey, visiting clients across the South East.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Surrey

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Lorna

Shropshire, West Midlands

Lorna is a Paediatric OT located in Shropshire, supporting with sensory and motor needs for clients across the West Midlands.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, Wales, Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Powys, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, CO-OP Practitioner

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Counselling, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation

Clare

Buckinghamshire, South East of England

Specialising in Housing & Equipment, Clare is an OT based in Buckinghamshire delivering assessments for clients across the South East.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

BIA, Train the trainer

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Postural management

Laura

Edinburgh, Edinburgh (City of)

Laura is an OT based in Edinburgh, delivering expert Housing & Equipment assessments across Scotland and the North of England.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, North East England, Scotland

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability

Jenna

Liverpool, Merseyside

Located in Liverpool, Jenna is a highly skilled Neuro OT helping clients with brain and spinal cord injuries.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Merseyside, Liverpool

Specialisms

Hand Therapy, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Self care, Postural management, Splinting, Wheelchair accreditation

Jennifer

Wrexham, Wales

Jennifer is an experienced OT based in Wrexham, providing clients across Wales and the North East with Functional Rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Wales, Cheshire, Merseyside, Shropshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Balance

Lucy

Birmingham, West Midlands

Covering a client base across the West Midlands, Lucy is an expert OT specialising in Functional Rehabilitation and elderly care.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Birmingham

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care

Stacey

Kent, South East of England

Based in Canterbury, Stacey is an expert OT providing assessments and interventions for adults with physical and neurological conditions.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Kent

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Self care, Postural management

Katie

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Katie is an expert OT specialising in Functional Rehabilitation. She provides holistic interventions for clients across Yorkshire & Lincolnshire.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation

Maria

London - South, London

Maria is an expert OT providing specialist interventions for clients across London, Kent, Surrey, and Essex.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, London - South

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Postural management

Rebecca

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Rebecca is an OT based in Leeds. She specialises in Functional Rehabilitation, supporting clients across the North West of England.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Wakefield

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation

Erica

Berkshire, South East of England

Specialising in Neurological Rehabilitation, Erica is an expert OT with over 20 years’ experience.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Self care, Postural management, Splinting, Wheelchair accreditation

Naomi

Cambridgeshire, East Anglia

Visiting clients across Cambridgeshire, Naomi is an expert OT with vast experience in Neurological Rehabilitation and home adaptations.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, Cambridgeshire

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Daily living skills

Gillian

Glasgow, North Lanarkshire

Located in Glasgow, Gillian provides expert Neurological Rehabilitation for clients with spinal cord injuries and brain injuries.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Falkirk, Glasgow (City of), North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, West Lothian, Glasgow

Specialisms

Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Self care, Splinting

Rebecca

Cambridgeshire, East Anglia

Located in Cambridge, Rebecca is an experienced OT supporting clients with home adaptations, specialist equipment provisions, and rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Self care

Dawn

Cornwall, West and South West of England

Dawn is an OT based in Cornwall, providing expert assessments and therapy for both adult and paediatric clients.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Cornwall

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Self care, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support

Claire

Moray, Scotland

Supporting clients across Aberdeenshire and Moray, Claire is an experienced OT with expertise in Mental Health.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Highland, Moray

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation

Lynn

Fife, Scotland

Utilising over 15 years’ experience, Lynn is a highly skilled OT providing expert care to clients across Scotland.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Borders, Clackmannan, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee (City of), East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh (City of), Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow (City of), Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perthshire and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Western Isles

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS, Postgraduate cert. Vocational Rehab

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Self care, Anxiety management & relaxation

Michelle

Northamptonshire, East Midlands

Michelle is an expert OT specialising in Mental Health. She delivers assessments and rehabilitation for clients across Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Community access, Anxiety management & relaxation

Lorraine

Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland

Based in Northumberland, Lorraine is an expert Paediatric OT supporting children of all ages with physical and sensory needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Cleveland, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Borders

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, Chailey Postural Management

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, DMO (Lycra) Splinting, School Based Therapy/Support, Learning disability

Jessie

Berkshire, South East of England

Specialising in Rehabilitation and Elderly Care, Jessie is an experienced OT based in Reading.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Berkshire, Hampshire, London - West

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Felice

Buckinghamshire, South East of England

Based in Milton Keynes, Felice supports clients with rehabilitation and home adaptations following an injury or diagnosis.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, London - Central, London - North

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Self care

Client feedback

Further reading

Our Experts' Blog

Self-Care and Mental Well-Being: Do we practice what we preach?

OT Claire specialises in enduring and complex mental health conditions. In this Expert Blog she shares her reflections, insights and advice on mental well-being, stress and resilience as a health professional.

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Our Experts' Blog

Managing Long COVID: The Important Role of Occupational Therapy

Alison is one of The OT Practice’s expert Occupational Therapists who specialises in Fatigue Management. Here, Alison discusses how Long COVID is affecting our clients and shares some practical guidance for recovery and long-term fatigue management.

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