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I'm Hassi. I am a HCPC registered Occupational Therapist. I am committed to the provision of professional and person-centred therapy that helps a person or group engage and participate in activities of self-care, productivity or leisure. I really like to see others feel good about themselves and grow ways that matters to them.  I have a physical, psychological and/or environmental/contextual therapeutic toolbox, as needed.  I am strength based in my approach and let people be who they want to be

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Hassi's Story

About me

I'm a multipotentialist so I have a range of skills, ideas and visions. I grew up in both rural and urban settings in Devon, North London, and Cornwall in a unconventional family with my mum and dad, three siblings, a dog (Minka) and two horses (Hickory and Schweppa). I had a childhood crafted of traditional values and creative expression, learning who I was and what mattered to me in life.  I was not really sure what I wanted to do with my life until I was in my late 20s. I started my current career when I enrolled on a Psychology undergraduate degree and I have not stopped growing yet.  I currently live in Devon and I’m very happily married with one daughter, a dog (Sunny-the-Bunny) and cat (Luthie-woothie).  I enjoy cooking and eating, nature-bathing, horse riding, yoga and walking, all of The Arts which includes everything between Netflix and Bach. I am a lifelong learner and I never get bored.


Abbreviated qualifications and Experience

Hassina Carder-Gilbert, PhD, PG Dip, PG Cert, FHEA, HCPC registered.

My approaches; I work with the here and now, and use action on valued tasks and activities as a vehicle to wellbeing

Person Centred 

Positive Psychology

Humanistic Counselling

Compassionate Mind

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia

Third wave-behavioural approaches including Behavioural Activation, habit formation and reversal, and Recovery through Activity

Psychoeducation and guide for self help

Motivational Interviewing

Accountability and goal setting

Formal Qualifications

  • Accredited with the HCPC as an Occupational Therapist

  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

  • PhD (Psychology) with published peer reviewed research paper authorship in youth mentoring, executive functioning and memory, and children’s play, and grey literature related to service evaluation, social prescribing, children’s eating, and co-occupation)

  • BSc x 2 (Occupational Therapy; Psychology)

  • PG Dip (Psychological Research Methods)

  • PG Cert (Learning and Teaching)

  • BTec HND (Business Studies with Publicity and Promotion)


Clinical Experience includes

Settings include; Acute hospital care, community and rehabilitation hospital settings (in both mental health and physical health and complex conditions), in community services and in individual’s homes, and in hospital discharge teams (inpatient and community settings). Community-based wellbeing events.


Compassionate and empowering care is important to me, so one of my proudest written testimonials was when someone I worked with wrote “Thank you for your support and kindness on your visits… whilst I had lost my way and had mental health issues... It has been a very difficult journey but I feel blessed to have been given your support along the way”.


Another written testimonial that makes me so glad I do what I do is, “[You] helped me get my life back again”.


Teaching/training/coaching and mentoring experience includes

I have worked as a facilitator/teacher/ trainer/coach/mentor/supervisor since 2000.  I have worked in Universities, work places, and with individuals and groups, online, over the telephone and face to face.


I have many proudest moments since I love to see those I work with grow and succeed, but one piece of feedback I feel good about is that I am “ warm and friendly, encouraging a warm environment to grow between us [as a group] where we can speak and share ideas without the fear of being judged”

Relevant Continued Professional Development includes

I have an enhanced Criminal Record Disclosure Certificate.  Patient moving and handling; equipment prescription; Accredited wheelchair prescriber; Lifestyle Redesign (self study); Compassionate Focussed Therapy training; Counselling Skills; wellbeing listening training; Health Behaviour Change: from Evidence to Action; Health Coaching Conversations (in progress); CBT for Insomina Masterclass; Child nutrition and cooking; Unconscious Bias; Jogging Memories; PHE contact tracer training package; Improving Health in Mental Health; Suicide Prevention; Dementia Awareness; Mental Health Awareness; Domestic Abuse Stalking and Harassment awareness; PREVENT; Awareness of The Mental Health Act; The Mental Capacity Act; The Health and Social Care Act and The Care Act; Conflict resolution and Breakaway training; Safeguarding Adults Level 2 and Children Level 3; Basic Life Saving and Resuscitation of Adult and Paediatric patients (Level 2); Infection Prevention and Control; Fire Safety; Equality, Diversity and Human Rights; Health Safety and Welfare; Information Governance; GDPR.

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I'm always looking for new opportunities. Let's connect.

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