mOTivate minds

mOTivate minds mOTivate minds provides Occupational Therapy services for mental health or chronic conditions


For those living with EDS and Dysautonomia or POTS ๐Ÿ‘‰ check this website out - it has a lot of recommendations on different tools to help with managing symptoms.


mOTivate minds had a blast at Fargo-Moorhead Pride -pride in the park today! ๐ŸŒปseed bombs โœ‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿซฐ๐Ÿปpaper clip fidgets๐Ÿซง balloon...

mOTivate minds had a blast at Fargo-Moorhead Pride -pride in the park today!

๐ŸŒปseed bombs
โœ‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿซฐ๐Ÿปpaper clip fidgets
๐Ÿซง balloon orbeeze fidgets
๐ŸŽจ spray painting

Until next year ๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿป

mOTivate minds will be at Fargo-Moorhead Pride tomorrow! Come stop and say hi ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

mOTivate minds will be at Fargo-Moorhead Pride tomorrow!

Come stop and say hi ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

A full weekend of music, food and more fun in store.


Youโ€™re invited to participate in the Itโ€™s a Part ofโ€ฆ art contest! A little perk as well if you win! Please โ€œlikeโ€ and โ€œshareโ€!



As CEO,  I can't express enough how much mOTivate Minds means to me. In 2020, our journey began as a blog to spread awar...

As CEO, I can't express enough how much mOTivate Minds means to me. In 2020, our journey began as a blog to spread awareness about Occupational Therapists working in mental health. Now, I am doing two DREAM entrepreneurial passions by mentoring/coaching other OTs to get involved in mental health or to BE THE CHANGE by starting their own business.

Secondly, every day in our outpatient practice we get to assist individuals of the community to LIVE their daily lives to the fullest and to NOT BE DEFINED BY A DIAGNOSIS which brings me & my amazing team- immeasurable joy. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’™

DID YOU KNOW ๐Ÿ‘‰ that occupational therapy can help us maintain a positive mindset and cope with the daily stresses of life? It's true! By engaging in meaningful activities, we create a sense of purpose, boost self-esteem, and improve overall well-being. ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒฑ

At mOTivate Minds, we believe in tailoring our therapy sessions to each individual's unique needs and goals. Whether it's developing coping strategies, improving focus and concentration, or enhancing social skills, our dedicated team is here to make a difference. ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’ผ

Remember, taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. So let's break the stigma and prioritize our well-being together! ๐Ÿ’ชโค๏ธ

If you or someone you know could benefit from occupational therapy, reach out to us at mOTivate Minds. Let's embark on a journey of growth, empowerment, and renewed vitality! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒˆ

Thank you Studio Freshly for these stunning photos! You did the DANG THANG!!! We appreciate you๐Ÿ“ธ!


Sometimes everything just feels likeโ€ฆ too much.

Itโ€™s ok to feel like this, I feel like this too sometimes ๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿป. Life can feel overwhelming normally, let alone when extra things happen. I thought it was the perfect time to start sharing some of my tips which help me as a multiply neurodivergent adult whenever I feel like this. Everyone is different so feel free to comment what helps you!

๐ŸชซDo the minimum:
Use wipes instead of a shower, stay in your pj's, have big snacks instead of meals, cancel nonessential plans
๐Ÿ˜Be kind to yourself & putyourself first
๐ŸœLessen the other demands on you e.G delegate cooking to your partner
๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปSay 'no' or cancel plans if you need to preserve your 'battery'
๐Ÿ‘‚Spend time alone or 'sensory bubble' *see pinned post, stim, use fidget tools and sensory strategies
๐Ÿง–๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธTake extra rest breaks & prioritise self care
โš–๏ธTake your time to make any decisions &use decision making strategies
๐Ÿ“ฑAsk for help. Contact your support network: family, friends, your therapist, dr, crisis team

If youโ€™re looking for specialist one-to-one support for neurodivergent adults and teens 16+ with a professional who is neurodivergent, drop me a DM or visit my website in my bio ๐Ÿ’Œ

Another reason why interoception is so important! Have you heard of alexithymia?

Another reason why interoception is so important!

Have you heard of alexithymia?

Recently i wrote about alexithymia and it's ramifications for our mental health. Since publishing that post, it has come to my attention that many people feel this is an underdiscussed area and weren't sure exactly what it means. So, what is it? Simply put, it means that you can't match up the inter...


๐ŸŽ†Have you started lighting those fireworks yet?๐ŸŽ†
For some, all the excitement and noise can be very overwhelming to their sensory system.

Here's a few tips to help those kids through this holiday! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ


It's in your heart.


Another area of shift for me is ensuring that I have fair self-regulation expectations!!! Bringing back this post to remind us how interoception provides that bridge between self-regulation and co-regulation, so if someone has an unclear inner experience, then expecting self-regulation is neurobiologically unfair.

We always need to consider if a person has the underlying interoceptive awareness that is needed for self-regulation success.

We are all born needing co-regulation; where we depend on caregivers to identify and manage our bodily needs. Co-regulation is not coddling! As we grow and interact with our caregivers and the world around us, we might begin to learn about our interoceptive experiencesโ€“what our inner sensations mean for us and how we can change the way our body feels.

In other words, we develop Interoceptive Awarenessโ€”which is the bridge between co-regulation and self-regulation.

Therefore IA becomes a crucial consideration that needs to come before any expectations of self-regulation. Build IA and build the bridge needed to move between co-regulation and self-regulation.

Image Description: An outdoor scene depicting two boulders on either side of a river with a bridge in between. There is grass around the boulders and a blue sky with clouds above them. At the top of the graphic, over the sky, there is a title that reads: Build the IA Bridge from Co-Regulation to self-regulation. On the left boulder, the definition of coregulation is written. On the right boulder, the definition of self-regulation is written. There is a purple bridge between the boulders and over the river representing interoceptive awareness. The definition of interoceptive awareness is written on the bridge.


mOTivate minds is closed until July 5th!


My issue with compliance-based methods.

You have assumed that my kid has made an intentional choice to not do the thing. You have assumed that they are entirely capable of doing the thing in this moment, but they have chosen not to. Based on this reasoning, all my kid needs is more rewards offered and more consequences given. Then they will learn to make the โ€˜right choiceโ€™, and just do the thing.

This is so incorrect.
As Dr Ross Greene says, kids do well if they can.

My kid WILL do the thing WHEN HE CAN.

When he doesnโ€™t, itโ€™s probably because heโ€™s too dysregulated.
Itโ€™s probably because he has absolutely no mental energy left.
It could be because heโ€™s had to mask hard all day and heโ€™s got nothing left to give.
It could be because he canโ€™t access his executive function skills in this moment.
It could be because heโ€™s not ok inside.
It could be because he is too sad.
It could be because he is a perfectionist and doesnโ€™t think he can do the thing perfectly right this minute.
It could be because his head is pounding from massive sensory overload.
It could be anxiety.
It could be because he has learnt that mistakes are punished here.
It could be that he is minutes away from shutting down.

It could be all these things.
When my kid doesnโ€™t do the thing, it is because he canโ€™t- not because he wonโ€™t.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that my kid just isnโ€™t trying hard enough.

He tries so much harder than you will ever know.

Em ๐ŸŒˆ

What does it mean for a provider or a practice to be neurodiverse affirming?๐Ÿ‘‡A neurodiversity-affirming provider approac...

What does it mean for a provider or a practice to be neurodiverse affirming?


A neurodiversity-affirming provider approaches therapeutic work with the understanding that

- individuals have differences in their abilities and how they interact with the world around them โ€“ differences that are not considered to be deficits that need to be โ€œfixedโ€.

The neurodiversity movement shifts away from the idea that brains falling outside of โ€œtypicalโ€ are โ€œdisordered.โ€

Rather, those who view individuals in this light consider neurodiversity to be natural. The world should be accepting of peopleโ€™s differences in how they think, learn, process, and perceive information.

The term neurodiverse generally refers to a group of people and includes 2 subgroups:

Neurotypical individuals who think, feel, behave, and relate within a typical or expected range of function for their age.

Neurodivergent individuals who think, feel, behave and relate in a way that is considered outside of the typical range of function for their age.

A person may be considered to be neurodivergent if they are diagnosed with or identify as having one or more of the following conditions:

Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pathological Demand Avoidance or Sensory Processing Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) โ€“ all types
Dyslexia, Hyperlexia
Learning Disability โ€“ all types
Touretteโ€™s Syndrome
Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Personality disorders
Dissociative disorder
Bipolar disorder

Neurodiversity-affirming therapy is not a specific set of interventions or things the therapist says or does in their sessions. Rather, it is an approach to treatment and overarching philosophy.

When a personโ€™s differences result in challenges in day to day functioning, the approach is NOT to try to change the individual but rather to understand and educate about their differences and to find ways to change the environment and social expectations while building individual skills.

Neurodiversity-affirming therapy does not involve:

Promoting masking, loss of autonomy, or loss of personal agency.
Eliminating stimming behaviors.
Developing goals that seek to โ€œcureโ€ neurodivergent behaviors.

โ€œWhen a flower doesnโ€™t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.โ€ โ€“ Alexander Den Heijer


mOTivate minds is excited to WELCOME Chelsea Kimmes! Chelsea is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant starting with...

mOTivate minds is excited to WELCOME Chelsea Kimmes! Chelsea is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant starting with us on a part-time basis beginning July 5th!

Chelsea graduated in 2019 with AAS in occupational therapy, and then in 2021 graduated with a Bachelorโ€™s in human development and family science. Since graduating from college, Chelsea has mainly worked in geriatrics including skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, inpatient rehab, and transitional care facilities. Chelsea has always had a passion for mental health and neurodiverse-affirming approaches. Chelsea grew up with two neurodivergent brothers which inspired her passion for OT. Chelsea has a 2-year-old daughter and a 6-month-old son, who both bring her so much joy. Chelsea enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling and drinking iced coffee!


Digital delivery options offer immediate access without the limitation of transportation, cost, location or stigma.


Interoception, our ability to perceive internal bodily states, is a fundamental part of our conscious experiences and has been a focal point in neuroscience research in recent years.




This article on OT practice with complex trauma is worth reading and has a paragraph on sensory approaches, as it was the most common approach.

'Sensory-based practices were most common among the theoretical approaches, assessments, and interventions used with children experiencing complex trauma. Among the sensory-based interventions that the participants used, sensory modulation interventions were the most common. This finding concurs with a scoping review of 16 articles about sensory-based practices with children and young people experiencing complex trauma, in which six occupational therapy articles described sensory modulation interventions (Fraseret al.,2017). The sensory modulation interventions used in the scoping study included sensory rooms, Sensory Diets, sensory modulation programmes, and sensory modulation strategies for crisis prevention (Fraseret al.,2017). The review concluded that the evidence for using sensory-based interventions with children and young people experiencing complex traum is promisingg, but that empirical evidence is limited".

from: Mason, J., & Stagnitti, K. (2023). Occupational therapists' practice with complex trauma: A profile. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 70( 2), 190โ€“ 201

mOTivate minds is looking to hire a part time Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant!

mOTivate minds is looking to hire a part time Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant!

Posted 10:13:28 PM. mOTivate minds is seeking a part-time Occupational Therapy Assistant to join our small privateโ€ฆSee this and similar jobs on LinkedIn.


Happy PRIDE Month ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ!

In honor of Memorial Day, mOTivate minds will be closed Monday May 29th. To those in uniform serving today and to those ...

In honor of Memorial Day, mOTivate minds will be closed Monday May 29th.

To those in uniform serving today and to those that have served in the past, we honor you today and every day.




Letโ€™s talk about boundaries!

In active addiction, boundaries are non existent. We walk all other those around us, and those around us walk all all over us.

We often times learn how to put ourselves and our comfort last to keep other people happy.

In recovery this is one of the most difficult tasks to achieve but it is also the most essential.

First you vocalize the the boundary, โ€œI can not be around you when you do _______.โ€ Then you tell them what will happen if said behavior continues.

Thatโ€™s difficult to do, but holding to that boundary is even harder. However, itโ€™s like a muscle. You do it a few times and it begins to get easier over time.

If you donโ€™t tell people what is bothering you and learn how to create a safe space for yourself, you will begin building resentments for everyone around you and maybe even you yourself.

Love yourself and teach others how to love you the way you need to be loved.

Also keep in mind, no is a complete sentence.

GIVEAWAY  #1 has not been claimed in the last 24 to 48 hours. So it is back with GIVEAWAY  #2!! Make sure to like and sh...

GIVEAWAY #1 has not been claimed in the last 24 to 48 hours. So it is back with GIVEAWAY #2!! Make sure to like and share to enter!! The 5th and 10th shares will win!! ADDED bonus to include mental health content

Here is to ONE YEAR being open serving the community! We appreciate all of your support for mOTivate minds!

We have some big things coming this year!!

mOTivate minds is celebrating ONE YEAR open ๐ŸŽ‰โ€ฆ& we are in a giving mood for   STAY TUNED this weekend for more announcem...

mOTivate minds is celebrating ONE YEAR open ๐ŸŽ‰โ€ฆ& we are in a giving mood for

STAY TUNED this weekend for more announcements!


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If all you did was wake up today, you are still


Teaching people about how their brains and nervous system work together can be such an amazing shame-breaker for distressing experiences like anxiety, PTSD, overwhelm, and all the physical manifestations of these.

It's not easy to find an image of the brain that is appropriate for young people. Something that captures the complexity beyond downstairs/upstairs metaphors but doesn't look like it was taken from a medical book aimed at grad students. Even more difficult to find an image that includes not just 'brain stem' but also how this connects to our nervous system and senses.

PDF Link:

Many know about fight flight & freeze but what about fawning??

Many know about fight flight & freeze but what about fawning??


One step at a time!


just a lil reminder x

Check out our NEW BLOG POST โœจGet FREE access to a detailed OT Practitioner Guide on How to Address Trauma & PTSD in Clin...

Check out our NEW BLOG POST โœจ

Get FREE access to a detailed OT Practitioner Guide on How to Address Trauma & PTSD in Clinical Practice.

Developed By: Maddy Ertelt, OTDS

๐ŸŽ‰ Congratulations Maddy! We appreciate all your hard work in developing this guide over the past 14 weeks. Best of luck on your presentation and board exam.

An Occupational Therapy Practitioner Guide for Addressing Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Practice By: Maddy Ertelt, OTDS


mOTivate minds was grateful to have Maddy for the past 14 weeks. Maddy will be finishing up this next week with her last...

mOTivate minds was grateful to have Maddy for the past 14 weeks. Maddy will be finishing up this next week with her last day being April 12th! Maddy will then be presenting next Friday on all of her hard work! We wish her the best on her feature endeavors.

Stay tuned for more details on her finalized project on ๐Ÿ‘‡


โœจ and......we will be providing free access to this practitioner guide through mOTivate minds blog!


mOTivate minds will be closed today due to weather. Virtual sessions only! Stay tuned for Thursday updates! Stay warm and build a snowman โ˜ƒ๏ธ


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This adventure began really 5 or 6 years ago as a OT student. I remember not being able to find many resources, blog, podcasts, pages, instagram pages to inform me about Mental Health OT. I was nervous for my level II fieldwork in a mental health setting and all I wanted to do was prepare. Now fast forward, as a Mental Health OT now have worked in both an Inpatient Psychiatric setting and an Outpatient setting. I am more connected, but still.... not a lot of blogs, not a lot of resources, but why? OT started off in Mental Health and I as well as many other OTs realize our specialty contains the least amount of OTs in our profession. I decided I wanted to make a change to spread awareness that Mental Health OTs still exist and are still strong as ever. Join me!

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๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„ A GIFT GUIDE ~ from your mental health Occupational Therapist
โœจ Tools to reduce noise sensitivity
โœจ Biofeedback tool to use at home
โœจSensory equipment to help with relaxation and coping
โœจ Meditation tool

mOTivate minds wishes you a gentle & warm holiday!

Our open house was rescheduled due to weather โ„๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ

Make sure to save the new date!
Due to weather, themosaicdistrict and Ladyboss Lifestyle have postponed our open house. Our new date is January 26th from 4 to 7pm. We apologize for any inconvenience as we want to prioritize everyone's safety โ˜ƒ๏ธโ„๏ธ

Mark you calendars ๐Ÿ“†
We are closed today! Enjoy the snow day โ˜ƒ๏ธโ„๏ธ
Have you ever heard of person first language? Or why it matters?

Person first language prioritizes the person before the disability. It describes what an individual has and not what an individual is. Your identity is separate from your disability. Your disability is NOT your identity.

Individuals with mental health or chronic conditions often have a sense of shame about their illness. This sense of shame, guilt, and judgment lowers self esteem and starts blending the disability with your own identity.

Did you know that stigma results in poorer patient outcomes and an overall decline in health?

Highly recommend. For teens please be mindful of the language used.
We are almost one week away from our open house! See you December 15th at 4pm. mOTivate minds will be doing a fun craft anyone want to take a guess ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป๐Ÿซข๐ŸŽ…
mOTivate minds is seeking a part time Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant to join our small private practice that addresses mental health and chronic health conditions in both teens/adults. This is a nontraditional OT setting that is rapidly growing and expanding with many opportunities.


Are you an Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) or a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) who is passionate about helping others heal, learn, and improve their quality of life? Are you seeking an opportunity for a flexible, highly engaging and rewarding work experience?

Join our journey! mOTivate minds is located downtown Fargo, ND. We are seeking a qualified Occupational Therapists or Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants licensed in ND (MN licensure is a bonus!).

Job Type

Part time up to 30 hours a week

Pay Range

$22.00 to $38.00 (based upon experience and licensure)


** Would consider a 50 to 55% commission on each reimbursed claim for OTR/L ONLY after credentialing is completed.


Flexible Schedule

Accrued PTO

No Weekends

Health Insurance Stipend

Work for a Small Outpatient Practice

More Benefits available and will be further discussed upon interview.

Primary Duties

The OTR in this position is responsible to:

Evaluates the functional abilities and occupational participation of clients using a variety of standardized and non-standardized tests.
Documentation of all occupational therapy services provided is completed per policy & procedure.
Plan and implement occupational therapy interventions based on the assessment, evaluation, client goals, current best practice and clinical reasoning.Services will focus on specialized interventions that build skills and motivation for recovery.
Continuously re-evaluates patient's performance and appropriately modifies treatment as indicated by patient status.
Follows policies and procedures for safety
Adapt to individual needs and modify the environment to enhance learning and client engagement in treatment.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimal Required Skills/Abilities

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Flexibility and adaptability to constant change.
Strong interpersonal communication skills.
Must pass background and licensure check.
Must attend annual required compliance trainings.
Perfer an AOTA and NDOTA /MOTA member
Education and Experience

Bachelors degree or higher from an accredited program in occupational therapy required with active licensure in ND & MN
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
1-2 years experience preferred.
Experience working in mental health and/or residential treatment preferred.
Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following: To facilitate proper credentialing, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held. Due to credentialing you will be subject to a minimum of a 6 month contract to cover fee's.

The COTA in this position is primarily responsible to:

Performs assessment according to skill level and state guidelines
Select evidenced based treatment methods appropriate to the individuals diagnosis, age group, physical and emotional status
Facilitates therapeutic interventions in individual or group settings including but not limited to activities of daily living (ADLโ€™s), instrumental ADLโ€™s, education, work, play, leisure, cognition, community integration, work, volunteering, and social participation
Assists with assessment of functional abilities, determining OT goals, determining changes to treatment plans, and assuring that therapy services are properly delivered.
Documents all regulatory and clinically required information in the electronic documentation system and maintains patient records according to company policy Accurately records treatment minutes for services provided per all regulatory and clinical requirements
Provides input to supervisor for discharge summary of services provided per regulatory and clinical requirements Coordinate with the clients multidisciplinary providers to communicate progress or potential programs/resources

Minimum Qualifications

To qualify, applicants must be licensed to practice as an occupational therapy assistant in the state of North Dakota (Bonus if additionally licensed in Minnesota); OR be currently licensed to practice as an occupational therapy assistant in another state and must obtain licensure in North Dakota prior to start date.

In addition, you must satisfy one of the following combinations of education and experience: Have an Associateโ€™s Degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited program; AND At least 6 to 12 months of post-licensure occupational therapy experience The offer will be determined by a number of factors in
So glad to be surrounded by other small businesses owners that support & lift each other up! themosaicdistrict thank you for having me!
mOTivate minds alongside all of the entrepreneurs in the themosaicdistrict and Ladyboss Lifestyle are hosting an OPEN HOUSE! There will be crafts, santa, face painting, drinks, food, & GIVEAWAYS! Please join us on December 15th from 4 to 7pm.

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mOTivate minds is HIRING! We are looking for an Occupational Therapist or an Occupational Therapy Assistant to join our growing outpatient private practice!
mOTivate minds wants to THANK YOU for your continued support! mOTivate minds has only been open for about 8 months now. In that time, the support I have received has been incredible. I wanted to take a minute to recognize so many Mental Health services that are within the Fargo/Moorhead area that continue to need our support. Supporting local business does not damper your own. Consider donating instead of shopping this year, the Mental Health community desperately needs a positive boost. I will list some but NOT ALL options with links below.

1) The Jed Foundation -
2) The Trevor Project-
3) Open Mind ND-
4) First Link - 988 su***de lifeline -
5) F5 Project - F5 Project -
6) YWCA - YWCA Cass Clay
7) Nexus Path- Nexus-PATH Family Healing
8)New Life Center-
9) The Village-
10) Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch- Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
11) Soul Solutions- Soul Solutions Recovery Center