Ms. Chantel Lagimodiere
Ms. Chantel Lagimodiere, Occupational Therapist
I have had the privilege of working with people in their hardest moments for over a decade. In that time, I have found that compassion and understanding go a long way in establishing connection and a successful working relationship. I aim to collaborate with clients to identify meaningful goals and provide support, guidance and encouragement to meet those goals.
My bachelor’s degree led me to a career working primarily with children and youth, helping them to problem solve, develop coping skills and advocate for themselves. While working for a school division I was exposed to the world of Occupational Therapy (OT) and chose to pursue this as the next step in my career. I believe OT is uniquely positioned to help people, as OT recognizes that engagement in meaningful, every-day activities is vital to mental and physical health and utilizes a holistic approach to help in these areas. OT treatment isn’t limited to an in-office setting and I have worked with clients in their home, at their workplace, and in the community to assist them in returning to meaningful activities that they have been missing. I have been able to teach and coach people, helping them to build skills and overcome challenges they are facing in every-day life.
For the past 6 years I have worked primarily with individuals who have experienced trauma which has had an impact on their function. I have worked with military members, veterans, first responders and healthcare professionals using Prolonged Exposure Therapy to assist them in managing symptoms of PTSD and re-engaging in daily life. I have a true appreciation and understanding of the unique experiences of these professions, and what it takes to make a career in these fields.
In addition to exposure therapy, I also utilize education and coaching, as well as cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing to assist clients with varying needs. I can help you to address various issues, including depression, anxiety, sleep issues, burnout, phobia, motor vehicle accidents, and pain management.
OTs can assist with modifying routines, environments and tasks to ensure you can re-engage in activities, including work, while you are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health challenges. OTs can be a support you in real-time when completing difficult activities, to provide support and coaching around emotional regulation and coping strategies. OTs can help you find ways to participate in daily life, even when symptoms of anxiety or depression are present, while you are working on the causes of these symptoms with your psychologist. Adding an OT to your treatment team means that you can have additional support outside of your sessions with your psychologist, tailored to meeting your individual goals.
“Slow down. Calm down. Don’t worry. Don’t hurry. Trust the process.”
~ Alexandra Stoddard
- Master of Occupational Therapy (University of Alberta)
- Bachelor of Health Science (University of Lethbridge)
Areas of Experience:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Pain Management
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Time Management
- Traumatic Psychological Injuries
- Workplace Reintegration