Paris Purcell

Occupational Therapist
Lives on Darkinjung land (she/her)

Paris has been working as an occupational therapist since she graduated university in 2016. Paris has specialised working with families and their children from babies to youth.

Paris works within a family-centred holistic approach when working with her clients, as well as focusing on developing independence when working with adolescents and young people. She has worked with families through NDIS, Medicare, and privately, offering both face-to-face and online services in a variety of settings. Some include schools, outpatient services, in the community, pre schools, home environments and adolescent mental health. Paris has worked in a variety of workplaces such as the private sector, Non Government Organisation (NGO), public sector and self-employment. 

Paris has volunteered overseas in Honduras with children when she traveled the world in 2018, as well as spent 3 months in a special needs school in Fiji in her last year of uni. These experiences confirmed her desire to work with vulnerable children and famliies and changed her perspective of healthcare around the world and Australia. Paris prides herself on her ability to be empathetic and approachable, walking alongside the families, children and young people she works with to assist them to achieve their goals.

Paris is calm, compassionate, enthusiastic and caring and has a passion for working toward a team approach to care. She is committed to working with appropriate multidisciplinary team members and the wider network to promote and facilitate positive outcomes for her clients. She has a strength based approach and works closely with parents and carers and young people combining an occupational performance coaching method and her expertise to tailor interventions that are feasible to their individual needs. 

Paris graduated in 2016 from the University of Newcastle completing a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Class 1 Honours. She has completed professional development training in the areas of sensory interventions, toileting independence, sleep training, feeding therapy through Feeding Therapy Australia using a responsive feeding method, coaching, infancy and puberty and adolescent specific training. Paris has completed training in trauma and trauma informed practice as well as Neurosequentual Model of Therapeutics (NMT). NMT is a trauma specific training which has a holistic and ecological approach to interventions, targeting not only the child or young person but their caregiver relationships, broader family networks, school and community. The approach builds resilience through safe, ensuring relationships and daily experiences of success. 

Paris lives with her young family on the Central Coast. She loves spending her time at the beach, with her friends, family and fur babies and family living an active lifestyle.

AREAS OF PRACTICE:

  • Children and youth
  • Family support and coaching
  • Self Care (toileting, mealtimes, dressing) and routine independence 
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Emotional development and sensory regulation