We know life changes are difficult. OTs guide veterans by providing practical strategies for civilian living through trauma-informed care. Occupational therapy gained traction as a healthcare profession with the return of soldiers during and after World War I. OTs continue to collaborate with veterans today as they re-engage with meaningful daily routines. We call these routines "activities of daily living" (ADLs).

What is an OT?

  • University educated
  • Regulated health care professional
  • Provides objective, medically supported assessments and treatments

What does an OT do?

  • Uses a variety of approaches to adapt to civilian life
  • Focuses on activities of daily living (ADLs) including personal care, productivity (at work or school) and leisure
  • Treat clients with physical injuries (soft tissue, orthopedic, brain injuries), as well as chronic pain and trauma-induced or aggravated mental health conditions such as PTSD, depression and anxiety.

About OT Works!

  • Serving customers since 2001
  • Approach customized for clients’ individual needs and goals
  • Treatment in the Community (workplace, school, gym, home or community)
  • Extensive clinical experience with chronic pain, mental health, and operational stress injuries
  • Work collaboratively with all multidisciplinary teams

Practical Strategies.

Focus on Function.

Building Resilience.


OT Works! therapists use evidence-based strategies to ensure a successful transition after release from service. We have successfully helped hundreds of people reconnect with what is important to them. OT addresses a client’s specific needs by developing structured treatment plans in the following areas:

Career Supports

Job Demands Analysis (physical, cognitive, emotional)

Ergonomic Assessment

Return-to-work or school planning

Vocational Assessment

Worksite accommodations

Cognitive strategies for work and school

Community Supports

Transit assessments and training

Life skills for depression and anxiety

Driving desensitization

Return to sport and leisure


Exposure Therapy

Social skills (communication, assertiveness

Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)

Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS)

Homemaking needs assessment

Case Management

Hospital discharge planning

Home & Safety Supports

Home Safety Assessment

Falls Prevention


Home modifications

Adaptive equipment

Homemaking needs assessment

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Areas Served

Our therapists come to you. We see clients in their homes, workplaces and communities. We serve:

Greater Vancouver & Fraser Valley

  • Greater Vancouver (Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, North & West Vancouver, Richmond, Delta, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam)
  • Fraser Valley (Langley, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Mission, Abbotsford)
  • Sea-to-Sky (Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton)

Vancouver Island

  • Victoria (Victoria, Esquimalt, Sooke, East Sooke, Saanich, Sydney, Langford, Colwood, Metchosin)

  • Central Island (Campbell River, Courtney, Comox, Cumberland, Fanny Bay, Nanoose Bay, Union Bay)

The OT Works! Difference

We understand that you may require supports during or after your service. We are happy to meet you where you are at to provide personalized and effective treatment. We are proud to help veterans be the people they want to be.

Pamela Russell, clinical director at OT Works!, grew up in a military family. Her father was a service member, serving 2 overseas postings while her mother supported veterans through Veterans Affairs Canada. We recognize the differences between military and civilian life. Our client-centered services celebrate your strengths and competencies first and foremost. We can help you how to manage everyday tasks efficiently, safely, and as independently as possible.

Our experience in assessing the impact of operational stress injuries, as well as our familiarity with life transitions, has enabled OT Works! to become a effective in helping clients with emotional, behavioural and pain management challenges. We place high value on rigorous Quality Assurance processes and training in order to be better problem-solvers. We have strong clinical leadership, and we invest in qualified and experienced therapists. At OT Works!, we celebrate what you can do and look forward to helping you add to your skill-set.

Active. Goal-driven. Individualized.

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