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Mental Health Occupational Therapy Service in Naarm

ATOT is a well respected provider of Mental Health Occupational Therapy services in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. 

ATOT offers a range of services to support individuals with working towards their goals, capacity building and increasing meaning in one's life. 

We are a Trauma aware, Neuroaffirming and evidenced based service. ATOT is focused on providing a trusting space for you to explore what's meaningful and develop skills to nurture your mind, body and spirit. 

Providing capacity building, psychological and sensory focused services face to face or Telehealth in the Melbourne area. Or Telehealth for those living in rural regions via NDIS. 

ATOT acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the Traditional custodians of the lands and water of the Kulin Nation; on whose country we live and work. We pay respect to their culture and elders past, present and emerging. We are committed to cultivating inclusive environments and relationships. ATOT respects, values and includes people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities. 

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Alissa Terlich is our Founder and Occupational Therapist working in Mental Health based in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne.

She has 20 years experience working in public and private Mental Health services in both Australia and the UK. 

Alissa enjoys working collaboratively with adults (20 - 65 years) to empower individuals with making sense of their own experience and exploring recovery focused skill building. Alissa has extensive experience with Sensory Modulation and believes in the strength of the mind/body/spirit connection and using our bodies to build resilience. 

Alissa is an accredited Occupational Therapist with the regulation body, AHPRA. 

She has Medicare Better Access to Mental Health outcomes (BAMH) endorsement.  

Outside of work, Alissa enjoys sunshine, beach swims and travelling with her young family. 

Alissa works with individuals residing in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. 

Marieke Kersten, Occupational Therapist servicing the Western suburbs of Melbourne. 

Bio to come!

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ATOT offers an individualised and practical approach towards understanding a person's challenges and the impact of these on their ability to do what's important in their daily life.

Occupational Therapy is skills focused, using meaningful activities and environmental adaptations to enhance participation in life. 

The initial consultation is an opportunity to begin to develop a trusting working relationship and when ready, set goals and collaborate on a plan moving forward. 

Transparency with recommendations for evidence based interventions is offered in addition to regular evaluation of a person's progress in a collaborative, respectful and recovery focused way.

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'In order to change, people need to become aware of their sensations and the way that their bodies interact with the world around them. Physical self awareness is the first step in releasing the tyranny of the past'

Bessel van der Kolk

Author of The Body Keeps the Score

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Services offered include: 

Functional Capacity Assessment

Sensory Assessment

Skill building with taking care of oneself (Self Care), meaningful contribution (Productivity) and participating in enjoyable activities (Leisure)

Supporting community connection and community access

Routine development

Building healthy relationships 

Sensory Diet individualised plans

Emotional regulation

Vocational and pre-vocational support

Stress management and Distress tolerance training 

Recommendation of Assistive Technology to support pursuit of goals

NDIS Plan review reports

Therapy modalities used:

Sensory Modulation

MOHO (Model of Human Occupation)

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

DBT informed (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)


Self Compassion


Therapy is underpinned by Trauma Informed care, Polyvagal Theory & the Recovery framework.

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Sensory Modulation is using the senses and the sensory environment to change your emotions. Often Sensory Modulation is used to provide calming. Changes can be made in a person's environment to improve attention and one's ability to be calm and engaged.


Sensory Assessments can provide information on how sensations are processed. This is very individual and can vary between the senses. Having a greater understanding of your own patterns can support improved focus, productivity and participation in activities such as work, study, relationships, parenting and hobbies.

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Contact ATOT today to learn more and book a session.

PO Box 4024
Gilberton VIC 3072

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