Hello and welcome!
I’m Kim Wojtczak, a private practice Recreation Therapist in Toronto, Ontario, passionate about improving quality of life for individuals through meaningful leisure.
I have a deep passion for helping people and empowering others to live a full life despite any barriers or obstacles. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else – that’s because I used to, and I left it behind. After university, I worked in marketing and communications for over four years! Quite the departure from Recreation Therapy and healthcare in general, I know. But once I discovered this field, I knew it was for me.
Recreation Therapy was a no-brainer: I get to help people get well by doing things they enjoy? Sign me up! I’ve always been heavily involved in leisure pursuits throughout my life (including hiking and the outdoors, Latin and ballroom dance, fitness, and DIY) and was inspired to empower others to do the same. My mum is also a healthcare worker in the community, and the life satisfaction that comes from her career helping others has always made a strong impression on me.
To date, I’ve worked in long-term care as well as hospital and rehabilitation settings, and – of course – am now pleased to meet my clients in the community, their homes, and various living facilities. I have experience providing Recreation Therapy to adults and seniors across a wide range of physical and cognitive challenges, including: various dementias and Alzheimer’s disease, developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury, MS, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, and varied mental health diagnoses. It was also important for me to become a registered professional, and I have been registered with Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO) since 2017.
I currently serve Toronto and surrounding area in Ontario, including the Downtown Core/Central, Old Toronto, Etobicoke, East York, the East End, the North End/Midtown, and the West End.
One-to-one, personalized Recreation Therapy is at the core of what I do and how I’m able to provide my highest level of my care and service.
My approach to Recreation Therapy is grounded in the individual. I assess my client in-depth on their leisure preferences, patterns, past and future interests, strengths, barriers, attitudes, diagnoses, support systems, functional abilities…you get the picture, I do my research! Together we then establish achievable, measurable goals, an evidence-based treatment plan, and schedule of sessions. Treatment plans follow industry best practices, published research, and proven methods.
My absolute favourite part about working one-on-one with a client has to be finding what “lights their fire.” Everyone has something that they love, that brings a sparkle to their eye or gets them chatting endlessly. I feel my job is to discover what that is and help them achieve it. (Read more about the services I provide to reach those client goals here!)
I feel privileged to be helping individuals overcome barriers, engage in meaningful leisure, realize a more fulsome quality of life, and most importantly, regain a sense of choice and joy in their treatment journey to live their life in full.
If you would like to connect with me to learn more or book a consultation for yourself or a loved one, I’m happy to hear from you! You can email me directly here.
Wishing you happiness and health,