Collaborative goal setting and Physiotherapy

This week I was talking to my physio about how I needed to follow up on some health care appointments.

I told her that because all my mental health appointments had taken priority I hadn’t been able to have my regular blood tests for a blood condition I have.

After providing validation and empathy she said “I struggle to see the Optometrist, although that’s not the same as a blood tests which are not fun. It’s hard to find time”

She then responded by saying “If you go to have a blood test. I will go to the Optometrist you”

I thought. Wow. How collaborative are you. True collaborative goal setting lol.
She’s most likely to follow up. So I do feel accountable but in a good way.

Instead of educating our patients what to do. Maybe we should partner with them on a journey of wellbeing together.

Have you ever tried to use this goal setting approach with a client?


Published by OT Trauma Tools

Founder Mental health Advocate; Phd Candidate; Occupational Therapy Teacher and Researcher Australia “As an occupational therapist diagnosed with BPD I will use this page to share about the various interventions and strategies that are helpful to those with BPD. I will also share about the positive and sometimes challenging approaches that health professionals have used in my treatment in emergency, inpatient, outpatient and community settings. I hope that by sharing my lived experience I can help improve the experience of those struggling to understand Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD) and also support those living with BPD and other mental health challenges Most importantly we will share how occupation can powerfully help change lives!" Laura

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