Glass Half Full
Starting a Conversation on Sex and Intimacy

Inside the Episode

Natalie and Jess explore the role of OT in promoting sexuality and intimacy. In this episode, we talk with Danielle Centi on ways to introduce the topic with a variety of patient populations. Danielle is an Occupational Therapist with experience working with a variety of populations in inpatient rehabilitation. She helps us identify the multiple expressions of sexuality and intimacy across the lifespan that can influence quality of life and participation.


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