Occupational Therapy for Acute Stress Disorder

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with acute stress disorder. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with acute stress disorder?

A mental health occupational therapist is different from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Mental health occupational therapists look at how your condition affects the functional aspects of your life and work with you on ways to improve this.

Occupational therapy can benefit people with acute stress disorder in several ways:

1. Coping strategies: Occupational therapists can teach individuals coping strategies to manage stress and anxiety. These may include deep breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, and relaxation exercises.

2. Activity analysis: Occupational therapists can analyse an individual’s daily activities and identify any tasks that may be causing stress or triggering symptoms of acute stress disorder. They can then suggest modifications or alternative approaches to help the individual engage in these activities more comfortably.

3. Time management and organization: Acute stress disorder can often lead to difficulties in managing time and staying organized. Occupational therapists can guide individuals in developing effective strategies for managing their time, setting priorities, and organizing their daily routines.

4. Social support and engagement: Occupational therapists can help individuals build and maintain social connections, which are important for emotional support and reducing stress. They may facilitate group therapy sessions, assist in developing communication and social skills, and encourage participation in meaningful social activities.

5. Sensory integration techniques: Acute stress disorder can affect an individual’s sensory processing, leading to heightened sensitivity or avoidance of certain sensory stimuli. Occupational therapists can help individuals develop sensory integration techniques, such as graded exposure, to gradually increase their tolerance for sensory input and reduce anxiety or avoidance behaviours.

6. Work-related interventions: For individuals experiencing stress related to their work, occupational therapists can provide support in managing work-related stressors. This may involve assessing the work environment, suggesting modifications, and providing education on stress management techniques specifically tailored to the individual’s work demands.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to empower individuals with acute stress disorder to regain control over their daily lives, develop effective coping strategies, and increase their overall well-being.

Occupational therapy assessments for acute stress disorder

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients.


If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with acute stress disorder in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician.

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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