Karen Walker – Co-Founder / Specialist Occupational Therapist
Karen is a registered specialist occupational therapist (OT). She has worked with adults, young people, children and babies for many years. Along with her private work, she continues to work within the NHS as a Specialist Occupational Therapist. Since establishing this service, Karen has worked extensively within primary schools and the community, teaching therapy led yoga and mindfulness to children of varying ages. She also works with adults, teaching coping strategies to improve their overall health and wellbeing, including Mindfulness and Adapted Tai Chi.
Karen has extensive experience assessing and treating people in various environments including clients’ homes, schools, hospitals, GP surgeries, nurseries, hospices, Work environments, working within areas including Paediatrics and Physical Health Psychology.
Karen has extensive knowledge of occupational therapy, and is constantly striving to increase her knowledge and skills to ensure up to date evidence and interventions are used with her clients. She has completed various post graduate courses including: First Aider Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), sleep hygiene, stress management, Persistent Pain, Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and overlapping conditions (Including ADHD and Autism), Understanding and treating Dyspraxia, Sensory Integration (first module), Reading plans for major housing adaptations, Adapted Tai Chi for adults, Yoga for children and teenagers, Mindfulness.
Karen is passionate about the benefits of learning and has worked closely with the local University of Cumbria, delivering lectures to students and assessing students within their final year of studying. Karen has promoted OT over the years through various presentations and teaching sessions to professional groups including GPs paediatricians, teachers and work employers, promoting the value of occupying ourselves through self-care, education, work and hobbies.
Karen is registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC), Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and is DBS checked. When she is not working and studying, Karen enjoys spending time with her family and friends and continuing her study and practice in Yoga.