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Welcome back to Therapy Chat! In today’s episode, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C welcomes back Susan L. Roberts, M. Div, OTR-L to continue her conversation from episode 174 about her work as an occupational therapist and how she incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine and other ancient methods into her practice.  

Susan L. Roberts, author, lecturer, nutritionist, and occupational therapist combines four decades of practice working with people of all ages using manual therapies, sensory integration, nutrition, and healing rituals. Her latest book, Sustainable Health: Simple Habits to Transform Your Life, integrates all of these areas to help people take charge of their health and happiness using the five occupations of eating, playing, sleeping, working, and loving to radically transform health. 

Susan studied occupational therapy at Boston University, theology at Harvard, nutrition at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and Five Element Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Tao of Healing Center in New York City. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals, physical rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, schools, and home care. Her pediatric clinic, Changes Occupational Therapy, in Tucson, AZ, used play as the focus for healing. 

Susan has taught occupational therapy theory and practice at Eastern Kentucky University and New York Institute of Technology. She has written: Biomechanics: Problem Solving for Occupational Therapy; Kinesiology: Movement in the Context of Activity; My Kid Eats Everything: A Journey from Picky to Adventurous Eating; and The Food Explorers Passport. 


Susan is giving away a free audiobook of her newest book, Sustainable Health. To enter for a chance to win, e-mail Laura at [email protected] or use Speakpipe via to contribute a question for Laura to ask Susan in part 2 of this conversation by March 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Laura will randomly select one winner to receive a free audiobook, courtesy of Susan Roberts! 

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April 4, 2019

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Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C is an integrative trauma therapist and owner of a group practice, the Baltimore Annapolis Center for Integrative Healing. She is also the host of Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts and the founder of the Trauma Therapist Network, a website for learning information about trauma and finding resources and help for trauma.

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