About

Occupational Therapy Essex is an independent occupational therapy practice specialising in working with children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia, Hypermobility, Autism, Developmental Delay and those with handwriting difficulties.

We work directly with families, with schools and through Local Authorities. Assessment and intervention is usually provided at schools in Essex, Havering and Thurrock or at our premises in Great Warley, Brentwood.

Every family or school can expect a personalised service and individual attention.  Goals are set to meet each individual’s priorities and are worked towards within agreed timescales.  If it is felt that a child’s needs can be better met elsewhere information will be provided and alternatives will be suggested.

Fees are set according to the time, expertise and resources required to provide a professional service.  This includes face-to-face time as well as report writing, liaison with others, planning and travel.  Discounts are available for regular contracts.

For more information or a no obligation quotation please contact Lead Occupational Therapist Abi Johnson


Abi Johnson

Abi Johnson

Lead Occupational Therapist

Abi graduated in 1999 with a BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy from Brunel University, London.  Post-graduate NHS work experience includes working with adults in a variety of Mental Health settings and Orthopaedics.  She started working with children in the NHS in 2001 and a second maternity break in 2009 led to a change in direction to embark on private practice.

Areas of particular interest include working with children with coordination disorders, hypermobility, handwriting difficulties and anxiety.

Natasha Blood

Occupational Therapist

Natasha graduated in 2013 with a BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy from the University of East Anglia. After graduation she started working part-time with Occupational Therapy Essex alongside jobs in the NHS children’s services in Kent and then at a local special school for children with communication difficulties.  She now works solely with Occupational Therapy Essex. Natasha enjoys working with children who have coordination and handwriting difficulties and has Level 3 Sensory Integration Training.

Machel Kriel

Occupational Therapist

Machel graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.  She qualified as an Ayres Sensory Integration Therapist in South Africa in 2002. Machel has worked in The NHS as well as in a variety of independent occupational therapy roles in the UK and in South Africa.  She has a special interest in Ayres Sensory Integration Therapy and how sensory processing difficulties impact on occupation in every day life.

All occupational therapists in the team are DBS Checked, Health and Care Professions Council registered, insured and members of the British Association of Occupational Therapists/Royal College of Occupational Therapists.