Lorrie Louws

Lorrie Louws

Mental Health Occupational Therapist
Therapeutic Group Facilitator

Lorrie is a Mental Health Occupational Therapist with 15 years’ experience.  She has worked extensively with clients, teams and organisations across NSW health and the Non-governmental organization sector.

Group Facilitation

Lorrie is pleased to be able to offer a weekly workshop:

Key Resilience

Adverse experiences can be isolating and hard to move on from for many people. This 7-week series assists participants to understand how to stay connected while learning the skill sets of resilience. Sessions are interactive, psycho-educational and result in a personalised set of strategies for each participant.
More information on this group can be found under ‘Services’

Mondays 6.30-8pm Penrith office – please contact reception for enquiries.


Face to Face Therapy

Lorrie’s therapeutic beliefs:

  • Connection and strengths are fostered by safety, trust and choice inside relationships.
  • People can be understood by exploring their experiences, beliefs and personal values.

As an Occupational Therapist, Lorrie assists people to understand how their day to day functioning is impacted by their environment, thoughts, feelings, motivations and actions. Our life roles and levels of personal satisfaction are connected to the choices, patterns and habits we form across these domains.

By building skills in targeted areas and using our existing strengths, we can repair and support a sense of meaning, purpose and well-being when things go wrong. Experiencing challenges is a normal part of the human experience. With a focus on self-awareness and self-reflection, we can use these experiences to provide us with some of our best learning and growth. Processing and problem solving can happen in an office, but sometimes it can be difficult to implement this in real life. Hence, as an OT Lorrie has scope to include assessments and targeted sessions in home and community environments to assist the change process.

Lorrie has a strong evidence base behind her work.
Areas of Interest :

  • Coping with change across the lifespan: parenting, relationships, productivity roles – work & education, retirement, loss and grief.
  • Overcoming adversity – distress tolerance, emotional regulation, mindfulness, fostering a growth mindset, communication strategies, boundary setting and personal value orientations (goal setting).
  • Connection to self and others – attachment styles
  • Behaviour as a communication of needs/unmet needs – a parenting essential!
  • Thriving, personal values and strengths – understanding what matters and getting the most out of life.
  • Working with Voice Hearers’ and psychosis – Maastricht Interview & personal recovery.
  • Trauma-informed care & meaning-making.