Occupational Therapist

M. Terry Bowman, OTR/L

Community based occupational therapy (OT) services for individuals (e.g., youth, teenagers, adults, older adults) with mental health and wellness needs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

OT services include:

  • Evaluation
  • Treatment (1:1 and/or groups)
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Investigation
  • Corporate work (e.g., team building, socialization, stress management, relaxation, expressive arts, values clarification)

Billing: private pay only

OT and community mental health (excerpt from the American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA])

The overall goal of occupational therapy in community mental health is to help people develop the skills and obtain the supports necessary for independent, interdependent, productive living. Particular emphasis is given to interventions that result in improved quality of life and decrease hospitalization.

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants provide purposeful, goal-oriented activities that teach and facilitate skills in:

assertiveness; cognition (e.g., problem solving); independent living including using community resources, home management, time management, management of medication, and safety in the home and community; avocational interests and pursuits; self-awareness; interpersonal and social skills; stress management; activities of daily living (e.g., hygiene); role development (e.g., parenting); self-sufficiency and interdependency; and wellness.

Occupational therapy services may include:

  • Adapting the environment at home, work, and school to promote an individual’s optimal functioning.
  • Providing education programs, experiential learning, and treatment groups or classes.
  • Consulting with employers responding to requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Functional evaluation and ongoing monitoring of clients for placement in jobs and housing.
  • Providing assistance or guidance with client-run support groups.
  • Goal-setting and rehabilitation plan development with client.
  • Providing guidance and consultation to persons in all employment settings, including supportive employment.

Occupational therapists work as members of community treatment teams and receive referrals from:

case managers, psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, nurses, clients themselves, families, courts, school guidance counselors, teachers, foster care providers, family physicians, vocational counselors, and other health professionals.

Excerpted from the Occupational Therapy Department, Springfield Hospital Center, Sykesville, Maryland.

Copyright 2000 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Inc. All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.

Mission Statement

M. Terry Bowman provides occupational therapy (OT) services to individuals (e.g., youth, teenagers, adults, older adults) who have mental health and wellness needs. Her services are client-centered, goal-directed, and measureable using meaningful occupations to help improve the client’s quality of life wherever he/she needs assistance or support (e.g., home, work, school, community). She advocates for her clients and works collaboratively with members of the client’s mental health and wellness team that may include family, loved ones, and/or other providers.

Education and Experience

M. Terry Bowman graduated with departmental honors from San José State University in 1995. She has mental health experience both in the U.S. and in the U.K. Her specialties include individuals with acute or chronic mental illness (e.g., thought, mood, and personality disorders), acute inpatient hospitalization, forensics, medium secure setting, low secure setting, suicidality, diversity, spirituality, humor, sexual health, and creative writing. She has worked as a clinician, consultant, clinical investigator, fieldwork educator, guest lecturer, mentor, presenter, publisher, and supervisor. She has written and contributed to numerous professional publications, both peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed on both sides of the Atlantic. She was a member of the Psychiatric Occupational Therapy Action Coalition (POTAC) Steering Committee from 1996-2012.

Assessments Used

The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) and the Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool (MoHOST) are used which allow both a subjective and objective evaluation and ongoing assessment to assist with goal-planning and to measure changes in occupational performance.

Professional Organizations

For a complete history of M. Terry Bowman’s professional work along with several recommendations, please refer to her LinkedIn profile.