About

Hello and a warm welcome to my website. My name is Rianda du Preez and I am here to help you.

For the last 32 years I have worked with many clients, each with their own unique trials and tribulations, to provide them with a host of occupational therapy and coaching solutions, designed especially for them. I have worked for many organisations, including NHS Borders and I am the region’s first private occupational therapist.

My aim for my clients, and often their families, carers and friends too, is to improve the quality of life. Working together, taking a holistic approach, to ensure that together we are Enriching Lives by Enabling Life.

What is  Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy provides practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities (or occupations) that matter to them. This support increases people’s independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.

“Occupation” as a term refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This includes essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care, work or leisure.

Occupational therapists play a critical role in helping people of all ages overcome the effects of disability caused by illness, ageing or accident so that they can carry out everyday tasks.

We consider all the patient’s needs – physical, psychological, social and environmental. 

This support can make a real difference giving people a renewed sense of purpose, opening new horizons, and changing the way they feel about the future.


I was born in Durban, South Africa and grew up in the beautiful Eastern Cape in a village called Alexandria. It was best known as a big chicory producing area and for dairy farming. This is where I started and completed my school career.

I studied at the University of the Orange Free State and spent most of my working career in the beautiful city of Cape Town. My family and I lived and worked at Jwaneng hospital in Botswana for 2 years.

We moved to Scotland in 2006 where we have lived and worked since.

I am based in Earlston in the Scottish Borders and will provide work at my home-based office. The Dementia care/work will be delivered in the client’s house and environment.

Coaching can be provided through face to face contact or via Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp or by telephone.

Qualifications

  • Occupational Therapist (1986 at the University of the Orange Free State Bloemfontein, SA).
  • HND in Human Resource Management (Cape Town University of Technology, 1993)
  • Certificate in Supervision (Edinburgh College, 2015)
  • Animas accredited coach (ANIMAS Centre of Coaching, London, 2019)

Experience

I have vast experience in adult and child and adolescent mental health. I have worked in various big organisations/hospitals in South Africa, Botswana and Scotland. I ran a private clinic from 1997-2000.

Clinical experience

  • Inpatient unit/acute mental health
  • Severe and enduring mental health
  • Children and adult learning disabilities
  • Community mental health teams (rural and urban areas)
  • Dementia care (home based and in nursing homes)
  • Mental health for older adults
  • Place of detention and safety (children from 3 months-18 years)
  • Oncology and Cardiology
  • Paediatrics (autism, ADHD, development delays) delivered within nurseries and primary schools

Management

  • I managed several services throughout my working career and started up new OT services. 
  • My first job in 1987 was at Valkenberg Psychiatric hospital in Cape Town. During the time of apartheid, I had to establish an OT service for approximately 800 “non-white” patients.  
  • In my second year of working I was responsible for establishing the role of the OT in a Cardiac Unit at Tygerberg Hospital in Parow, Cape Town. This ground-breaking piece of work led to me presenting a paper at the national OT conference in Johannesburg in 1989. This paper was also accepted and delivered at the 3rd European OT conference in Portugal (1990).
  • As the OT lead for community Occupational Therapy in Cape Town, I lead the OT team through a major political transformation and redesign in 1992. 
  • As the head of the OT department at Jwaneng Mining hospital, I established an OT service in the primary school and worked during school hours alongside the teachers and learning support. 
  • I have managed various Mental health services in NHS Borders.

Professional association membership

  • Royal College of Occupational Therapy
  • British Association of Occupational Therapy
  • International Coach Federation

I regard myself as a very positive person with a passion for life and people. I embrace life and always strive to be the best I can be. I enjoy my own company, but also enjoy the company of a few good friends and my amazing husband and children. I treasure time with my family and enjoy sharing lovely holidays with them.

I relax by taking art lessons and love expressing myself through my art. I also enjoy sewing, embroidery, baking and a good laugh.

We bought a little vineyard in Catalonia with loads of olive trees. We are planning to develop a little retreat there in future where we can enjoy peace, quiet and many a lovely bottle of wine.