Lisa's Holistic Rehab - Occupational Therapy & Neurofeedback Inc.

Lisa's Holistic Rehab - Occupational Therapy Services, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Cognitive Rehabilitation in Halifax, NS 

Lisa Dennis provides Occupational Therapy & Neurofeedback in the Halifax and Dartmouth area. She offers an innovative approach to deal with the root cause of learning difficulties to help children and adults suffering from concussion, ADHD, ADD, FASD, PTSD, and Dyslexia.

Get access to great interventions from across the world. Our main focus is on rehabilitating the brain to help our clients restore or improve their original level of function. By using a systematic approach along with expertise in many different interventions, we help our clients to improve neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to change itself) in order to achieve treatment success. 

Reboot. Rewire. Rehabilitate Your Brain.

Have Dyslexia or a Reading Disability?

Tutoring a child with dyslexia is like letting a track and field coach force your child to sprint on a sprained ankle.

Sign up now for our brain based 12 week program that helps rehabilitate and strengthen the auditory and the visual processing skills that cause difficulty for these readers. This treatment is just getting momentum in Canada!
This program gets to the root cause (neuroplasticity) by using visual exercises to stimulate visual attention, visual processing and working memory, as well as acoustically modified sound to assist auditory perception. In doing so, it develops neurological connections and activation of parts of the brain which are involved in reading. (See Our Videos)


Welcome Military Members and First Responders

Lisa's Holistic Rehab is a blue cross provider and welcomes military members and first responders to her facility as she offers non threatening and cutting edge interventions for PTSD symptoms such as sensory issues, hypervigilance and an overextended nervous system.


Individual therapy

An initial occupational therapy assessment will be conducted to get to know your strengths and challenges and then an intervention plan will be discussed. Either a home program can be given for you to do on your own (with follow-up) or a more intensive in clinic program will be required.

Group Treatment

After the individual assessment is done, treatment may be offered to groups of 2 or more people.


  • Social skills group
  • Handwriting program (preprint, printing, cursive)
  • Life skills course
  • Pain Warrior (chronic pain group)
  • Brain Boost (memory and cognitive function group)


Learn about sensory processing disorders or how occupational therapy services can help your organization.

Concussion Care

A concussion is the most common and least serious type of traumatic brain injury that results from a sudden shake or blow to the head. Lisa's Holistic rehab can help you in concussion care management before it gets worse.

Cellfield - A Reading Disability Program

The Cellfield program is a brain-based 12-week intervention reading disability program that helps rehabilitate and strengthen the auditory and the visual processing skills that cause difficulty for these readers.

Fitness Classes

Lisa is a Canfitpro certified fitness instructor specialist and teaches Zumba, PILOXING®, and Urban Poling. She is also trained in first aid and CPR. Stay tuned to find out about upcoming classes.


Neurofeedback (NFB) is a non-invasive type of biofeedback that measures real-time displays of brain wave activity—most commonly electroencephalography (EEG) that can be used as feedback to teach self-regulation of brain function.

Sensors are placed on the scalp to measure activity and uses video or sound, with positive feedback for desired brain activity and negative feedback for brain activity that is undesirable.

Research shows neurofeedback may be a useful intervention for a range of brain-related conditions including ADHD, dyslexia, pain, aggression, anxiety, PTSD, depression, addictions, OCD, headaches, insomnia, sensory processing difficulties, working memory deficit, and brain trauma.


Development of an Intervention Plan

The Occupational Therapist will evaluate and address any flagged behaviours and will only develop an intervention plan if it is deemed necessary.

Consent must be given by the client/guardian for this assessment and intervention plan.

Evaluating Children

Remember that it is only considered as possibly problematic if this behaviour is not commonly seen in the child’s peers (i.e. This behaviour needs to stand out as different from other children in his/her class. ) If the behaviour is culturally appropriate and considered healthy (no risk of harm to the child or others) then it does not need to be addressed. These behaviours may or may not resolve with time. 

Treating a Disability or Injury

When dealing with a disability or injury it is important to follow a logical approach to treatment in the following order:

1) Rehabilitate

2) Find an alternative way

3) Compensate

4) Substitute

When dealing with children or adults with learning disabilities or brain injury a compensatory approach (#3) is helpful in coping day to day. For long lasting change to occur you must focus on interventions that improve neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to change itself).

At Lisa's Holistic Rehab, we are always open and dedicated to finding different solutions to the difficulties that you or your child may face. We are focused on getting to that root cause and to applying a very systematic approach to lay a solid foundation for learning and growth to take place.

Should You See An Occupational therapist?

Do you notice the following with your child:

  • No interest in fine motor activities (using their hands)
  • Unable to roll, hop, skip, jump, run, etc.. or avoidance of these gross motor activities
  • Poor pencil grasp or scissor skills
  • Clumsy grasp and release skills (throwing ball seems uncoordinated)
  • Difficulty holding small objects, manipulating tools, pencils or scissors
  • Unable to complete mazes, dot-to-dot
  • Difficulty copying text from whiteboard or blackboard
  • Dressing: clothes on backwards or shoes on wrong feet
  • Reversal of letters such as b for d or p for q (that seems to linger on)
  • Poor coordination, physical clumsiness or apparent carelessness
  • Easily fatigued and overwhelmed by external stimulation
  • Problems applying what has been learned
  • Over/under sensitive to touch, movement, sights or sounds, pain
  • Impulsive, lacking in self control
  • Inability to unwind or calm self down, easily distracted
  • Social and/or emotional problems
  • Difficulty making transitions from one situation to another
  • Delays in speech, language or motor skills
  • Delays in academic achievement
  • Problems with self-esteem, suspected trauma

Are you an adult experiencing difficulty with:

  • Performing your activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, feeding, mobility)
  • Performing leisure activities or chores
  • Performing well at work
  • Concentration, working memory, paying attention
  • Sleeping
  • Coping with chronic pain
  • Sensitivity to sounds, touch, visual stress (reading problems)

Our Staff

Lisa Dennis

Lisa Dennis has been an occupational therapist since 1999 working with a diverse clientele. She has extensive experience in community home-care in Quebec and Ontario with the adult and geriatric population with physical disabilities. She has spent 4 years working in northern Labrador offering mental health and addictions services as well as school pediatric interventions with aboriginal youth-at-risk aged 6 to 24 years

She has helped people suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, trauma, addictions, and mental health issues to reach their full potential despite their illness or disability using a rehabilitation approach. She has also delivered different life skills courses to aboriginal inmates at a correctional facility, provided front line suicide crisis intervention and created innovative programs for capacity building.

She has most recently worked with active military members suffering from PTSD, mild traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain, and musculoskeletal injuries. She uses a cutting-edge and a systematic approach to help return them to duty.

Lisa is also a fitness instructor and teaches Zumba, Piloxing and Urban Poling. She is dedicated to providing a holistic, culturally-safe, client-centered service. She has taken numerous trainings (in Canada and the USA) to be able to offer cutting- edge interventions to encourage neuroplasticity... the brain's ability to make new connections. She offers a service in both English and French. She is well known for her "out of the box" thinking.


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