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  • Lily Trabold

Why I Utilize A Strengths-Based Approach

Central to occupational therapy intervention is analyzing the "doing, being, becoming and belonging" in one's daily life. Our patterned way of existing, consistently, compounds into our unique way of being. Each of us cultivates an expression of showing up in our daily lives through ritualized patterns and this transcribes into our life story. In my practice, I focus on helping individuals view their lifestyle factors through an introspective lens, guiding them to better understand how they feel about their patterns ways of engagement, how these patterns contribute to wellness outcomes and how to uncover areas of improvement through the utilization their strengths and personal interests. Thus, I am proud to implement a strengths-based approach.

Here's why:

The use of a strengths-based approach prioritizes an individual's talents and interests rather than their shortcomings. Individuals remain more actively engaged in their lives when they experience feelings of capability, fulfillment, and curiosity. In turn, this promotes intrinsic motivation, autonomy and most significantly, responsibility over the cultivation of one's story. As I devise strategies that leverage these strengths for my clients, I remain wholly focused on their unique life circumstances. Most significantly, I analyze how the unique parts of their story can be leveraged in their ever-evolving identity formation and aid in the development of a ritualized daily life.

By helping clients adopt an active role in the optimization process, they can reframe their self-narrative and learn to focus on their strengths. Through this self-reflective process, along with identifying the ways of being that bring meaning to their life, they position themselves in the drivers seat of their wellness journey and longevity. This is a powerful strategy because the establishment of self-empowerment and hope offers superior potential for an endless arena of opportunity that aligns with their needs, goals and aspirations.



1. Hitch, D. & Pepin, G. (2019). Doing, being, becoming and belonging at the heart of occupational therapy: An analysis of theoretical ways of knowing. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1, 13-25.

2. Morton, D. P. (2018). Combining lifestyle medicine and positive psychology to improve mental health and emotional well-being. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 12(5).

3. Pelaez, M. J., Coo, C., & Salanova, M. (2019). Facilitating work engagement and performance through strengths-based micro-coaching: A controlled trial study. Journal of Happiness Studies, 21, 1265-1284.

4. Warburton, D. E. R., & Bredin, S. S. D. (2019). Health benefits of physical activity: A strengths-based approach. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 8(12), 2044.

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