Occupational therapy and trauma: what is it and how does it help?


October is Occupational Therapy Month in Canada, and it’s a time to recognize and celebrate the amazing work Occupational Therapists (OTs) do for so many people, including those who have suffered some form of trauma.

Kim Barthel is one such … Read the rest

Use summer as an excuse to connect with yourself

Summer has arrived, and with warmer temperatures comes more excuses to spend time outside. You may have heard the notion that sunshine and fresh air are great for our overall health and wellbeing, but there is actually some science to … Read the rest

What Trauma Victims Can Learn From This Autism Therapy


April 2 is World Autism Day, and if you didn’t already know, Kim Barthel has had an expansive career that began in occupational therapy and she has worked all over the world with people with Autism.

One of the successful methods … Read the rest

What does it really mean to have compassion?



Compassion—it’s a word we hear a lot of, and many of us think we have a real hold of what it means to be compassionate. But at ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’ events or when Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury speak … Read the rest

Dealing with trauma after a natural disaster


A violent earthquake recently ripped through Nepal, sending shockwaves to thousands and affecting millions worldwide as we all watch in horror the events that unfold. The trauma of this event is affecting countless people, both physically and mentally, and it … Read the rest