Ebonee Ozkan


Hello, my name is Ebonee, and I am an Occupational Therapist (OT)

I studied BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy at St George’s, University of London and graduated in July 2023. My clinical placements covered a range of specialist areas, including older people’s community mental health; adult orthopaedic surgery; paediatric neurodevelopment and neuroscience (cerebral palsy); Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). I remained in my final placement with the chronic fatigue service as an occupational therapy assistant before starting my first qualified occupational therapist role in adult social services. In addition, I have a master’s degree in MSc Special Educational Needs (Inclusive Perspectives) and completed my first undergraduate degree BSc (Hons) Sociology with Psychology in 2011. I also have qualifications in British Sign language (level 2) and Award in Education and Training – teaching in the lifelong learning sector (level 3). My interest in occupational therapy developed from the various roles I have had working with a range of children and young people in mainstream, special schools, and a specialist unit for D/deaf children. These roles highlighted the importance of engagement and participation in meaningful daily activities to promote wellbeing, independence, and empowerment. This forms the heart of my approach to practice and ensures I provide holistic person-centred therapy. I have a particular interest in Autism, for personal and professional reasons, Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) and the D/deaf community.

I am a seasoned yogi and qualified yoga teacher, having trained with the British School of Yoga (BSY) in the areas of hatha, pre, and post-natal yoga. I have created and delivered mother and baby yoga courses in community centres, hatha yoga courses for adults and older people in adult education college and yoga intervention groups for children with a range of social, emotional and communication needs. I find yoga and meditative practice to be a crucial way for maintaining my wellbeing. I plan to further research the benefits of using yoga and meditation as a tool for managing sensory and dysregulation needs. My son is autistic and has been the main driving force for this passion as I can see first-hand the positive impact of our wholesome sessions. I hope to share this knowledge through means of delivering professional and parental training, writing articles, and creating accessible resources.

On a personal note, I am from Caribbean Jamaican heritage, born here in the UK. I have an eclectic music taste from afro beats and neo-soul to house and rock. I love to read. One of my favourite quotes from the late Maya Angelou, “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be”. This quote really resonates with me and my mindset of loving yourself unapologetically, flaws and all. I also love to travel, dance, eat (big foodie) and spend quality time with my awesome family and friends. I am blessed to have two beautiful children, who motivate and uplift me daily. If you had to call my best friends and ask them to describe me, I think they’d describe me as, fun-loving, resilient, and empathetic.