Occupational Therapist

Shelaigh is a senior Occupational Therapist with over 18 years’ experience working in mental health settings, latterly with children with special needs and learning difficulties. She has held senior positions in a medium secure unit for women offenders with psychiatric conditions and learning disabilities and as Deputy Head of Therapies at a special needs school within a large, multi-disciplinary therapies team.

Short Intervention Programmes

Shelaigh offers short programmes for either adults or children, in small groups ( where appropriate) or individually to address difficult issues such as anger, anxiety and self esteem.

She draws on the principles of CBT and DBT in this psychosocial area of work.

Anger Management Programme


Anger is a natural response to feeling attacked, deceived, frustrated or treated unfairly. Everyone gets angry sometimes – it’s part of being human. It isn’t always a ‘bad’ emotion; in fact it can sometimes be useful. For example, feeling angry about something can:

  • help us identify problems or things that are hurting us
  • motivate us to create change
  • help us defend ourselves in dangerous situations by giving us a burst of energy

When is Anger a Problem?

Anger only becomes a problem when it harms you or people around you. This can happen when:

  • you regularly express your anger through unhelpful or destructive behaviour
  • your anger is having a negative impact on your overall mental and physical health

If the way you behave when you feel angry is causing you problems in your life or relationships, it’s worth thinking about ways you can choose to manage anger, and learning about your options for treatment and support

Controlling Anger

If you think about how to manage your anger when you’re feeling calmer, you can avoid feeling overwhelmed by it in the heat of the moment. You can:

  • learn your triggers
  • examine your thought patterns
  • develop your communication skills
  • look at your lifestyle

Anger Management Programme

Six Weekly Sessions Addressing:

– what is stress?

– cycle of anger

– the consequences of stress

– the angry brain

– what resistance do you have to giving up your stress?

– what triggers your anger?

– stress reduction techniques

– primary and secondary emotions

– meeting your primary needs

– unmet needs

– shadow projections – identify your shadow projections

– conflict resolution 

– managing your anger

– dos and don’ts

– relaxation techniques – guided imagery, breathing etc. at the end of each session

Costs are £480 for the course of 6 individual sessions.

You can select a day and time that works for you using the “Request an Appointment” button, below Shelaigh’s photograph on this webpage.

Just select a 60 minute initial OT session – adult or child, as appropriate.

Anxiety Management Programme

Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

It’s hard to know why some people experience anxiety as a mental health problem and others don’t, but some possible factors include:

  • past or childhood experiences
  • your everyday life and habits
  • your diet
  • your physical and mental health
  • any drugs or medication you might be taking
  • genetics

If you worry more than others, it could also just feel like part of your personality – or it could be a mixture of these things. Sometimes you might not know why you feel anxious at all, and it might not seem to have any obvious cause.

What does Anxiety Feel Like?

Physical elements:

  • nausea (feeling sick)
  • tense muscles and headaches
  • pins and needles
  • feeling light headed or dizzy
  • faster breathing
  • sweating or hot flushes
  • a fast, thumping or irregular heart beat
  • raised blood pressure
  • difficulty sleeping
  • needing the toilet more frequently, or less frequently
  • churning in the pit of your stomach
  • experiencing panic attacks

Psychological elements:

  • feeling tense, nervous and on edge
  • having a sense of dread, or fearing the worst
  • feeling like the world is speeding up or slowing down
  • feeling like other people can see you’re anxious and are looking at you
  • feeling your mind is really busy with thoughts
  • dwelling on negative experiences, or thinking over a situation again and again (this is called rumination)
  • feeling restless and not being able to concentrate
  • feeling numb

Anxiety Management Programme

Six Weekly Sessions Addressing:

– signs and symptoms

– cycle of anxiety – physical, behaviour, emotions, thoughts

– flight, fight, flight response

– identifying own responses

– thought distortions, (unhelpful thinking) ABC & D – Activating event, Belief, Consequence and Dispute

– healthy v unhealthy behaviours

– setting goals

– aggression – assertion – passive aggressive –  what do these behaviours look like?

–  the long term effects of behaviours on self and others

– saying no

– self soothing behaviours

– clear picture thinking

– problem solving technique

– opposite emotion thinking

– relaxation techniques – guided imagery, breathing etc. at the end of each session

Costs are £480 for the course of 6 sessions, one on one.

You can select a day and time that works for you using the “Request an Appointment” button, below Shelaigh’s photograph on this webpage.

Just select a 60 minute initial OT session – adult or child, as appropriate.


Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

What I Treat

    • Children with sensory processing difficulties which includes: –
    • helping children to regulate arousal levels
    • increase ability and focus at school
    • decrease anxiety
    • improve performance of a range of functional skills and independence, such as dressing, toileting, feeding, grooming, seating, scissor use and handwriting
    • solutions and understanding of behaviours which have a sensory basis
    • some physical environment accommodations
    • programmes and strategies
    • difficulty with co-ordination and dyspraxia
    • anxiety and anger management for children and adults

Professional Accreditation and Affiliation

  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council

Useful Information

On requesting an appointment via our online booking system, the practitioner may well call you to confirm details before you  meet. This initial telephone discussion of up to 10 minutes is free of charge, and is designed to  confirm that it is indeed appropriate to proceed to a full consultation and is not designed to replace a consultation.


Child sensory difficulties – initial assessment £360 which includes: –

  • Pre-assessment information gathering form sent out, to be returned minimum of 3 days prior to appointment, to allow therapist to prepare and gather resources for the assessment session
  • 5 hours assessment session. This would be structured to consult with parent/s/carer/s for an hour and then to meet with the child for half an hour with parent/s, carer/s present
  • A Sensory Profile assessment will be given to parent/s/carer/s to be taken away to complete and returned to the therapist (via post) with payment please
  • The above is then analysed, scored, interpreted and a detailed report written (often 10-12 pages) with recommendations and strategies
  • Treatment is a possible outcome and option following report, as required

On-going treatment £80 per 1 hour session

Anxiety and anger management for children and adults – £80 per 1 hour session


Email: sspreadbury-troy@HealthcareOnDemand.org.uk

Telephone: 01483 33 88 50