About Us

The Mindful OT will give you the skills you weren't taught at university.

Through our unique courses and coaching you'll learn how to successfully self-manage, so you excel at work and at home.

The Mindful OT is passionate about facilitating the growth and development of clinicians – but we do it differently! 

Our online courses are practical, evidenced based, and delivered to you via an OT framework – which WE know, is simply THE best approach!

The Mindful OT is more than just a chance to grab some professional development points – it’s transformational support provided to OTs, by an OT. 

How to work with us

For online training:

  • Click on the Courses tab;
  • Select your course; 
  • Complete the modules to receive your certificate and PD points.

For private coaching:

  • Hit the button below to Book A Cost & Obligation Free Call 
And if you’re unsure as to what service would be best for you, simply shoot me an email themindfulotau@gmail

Our Mission

The Mindful OT recognises an individual’s ability to thrive when exposed to the right conditions, and as such, is committed to:

  • Providing evidence-based training and coaching, to support the health and wellness of clinicians. 
  • Delivering quality services with wisdom, integrity and kindness.
  • Showing compassion to every OT and providing them with the resources they need to live their best lives.  
  • Offering OTs the gift of transformational change through improved self-awareness. 
The Mindful OT

Our Quality Guarantee

  • Our services are evidenced based so you can rest assured that all offerings are scientifically supported to enhance your critical thinking.
  • Courses have been designed with the busy OT in mind – training is bite sized and easily incorporated into even the most hectic of schedules.
  • Content is comprehensive and goes well beyond what is typically taught at a tertiary level. 
  • Services have been designed around OT professional frameworks – which is what sets us apart from the rest!

Our Vision:
For every OT to have the tools they need to realize their OT dreams.

Leesa Tuffnell

Leesa received a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy through the University of QLD in 2003, and is certified in Training & Assessment and Mental Health First Aid.  Leesa is an accredited NLP Practitioner, Somatic Coach and Yoga Teacher. 

Leesa has been employed as a Senior Clinician, Supervisor and Operations Manager. She has also worked in Quality Assurance, Clinical Excellence, Product Management, Research, Learning and Development and Risk Management. 

For over 20 years, Leesa has practiced across a range of contexts, which have included but are not limited to: 

  • NDIS
  • Occupational rehabilitation 
  • Mining
  • Hospital
  • Community
  • Major and minor home modifications
  • Assistive Technology prescription and education 
  • Splinting & hand therapy
  • Oedema management 
  • Residential aged care
  • Medicolegal
  • Clinical private practice
  • Paediatrics 
  • Palliative care 
  • Ergonomics 
  • Soft tissue treatment 
  • Health promotion and prevention programs

During her career, Leesa has been mentored by some of OTs finest people, but has also studied under private coaches, specialist doctors, neuroscientists, NLP practitioners and psychotherapists.

We’re all about helping OTs live a life ON purpose!

So now you have my resume, here’s the backstory.

From the outside, my life looked kinda perfect. I was a highly respected and experienced OT and worked in the field of my choosing. I had an amazing husband, beautiful children and fabulous friends.  But… all was not as it seemed.

I’d been hospitalised for burnout. I’d struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), clinical depression and anxiety. I was tormented by repressed emotions. I suffered with an eating disorder for over 30 years. I was highly self-critical and experienced low self-esteem.

I felt chained to my desk – often working after hours and on days off just to meet my own unrelenting expectations, before slipping into a pool of guilt for neglecting my family.

I was becoming disenchanted with my profession and starting to question whether a career change was in order. Day after day, I felt like I was simply “going through the motions’’. I was emotionally vacant and approaching a point of professional and personal exhaustion. I was essentially sleepwalking through my life. I desperately wanted to be happy but couldn’t shake the unnerving sense of disconnection that I felt from all the things that were most important to me. I realised I wanted more.

In discovering how to apply mindfulness through an OT framework, I’ve learnt a new way to live. To work.  To BE. I’ve gained the ability to process my emotions and self-regulate. I’ve successfully overcome burnout, mental illness and a lifetime eating disorder. The holistic approach to life that I now follow, aligns beautifully with my occupational roles and affords me a sense of ease, joy and intention.  And this is precisely what I want to share with you!

As OTs, we’re well positioned to help others. It’s our jam. Problem is, we don’t typically offer this same level of compassion to ourselves – not because we don’t want to, but because we’re unsure of how to.  And that my friend, is where I come in!

Leesa x

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