Occupational Therapy for Adjustment Disorder

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with adjustment 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 adjustment 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 adjustment disorder in several ways:

1. Enhancing coping skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals develop healthy coping strategies to manage stress, emotions, and changes related to their adjustment disorder. By providing practical techniques and promoting self-awareness, occupational therapy can empower individuals to better navigate their daily lives.

2. Promoting routine and structure: Adjusting to major life changes can disrupt a person’s routine and sense of stability. Occupational therapists can help create a structured daily routine that includes meaningful activities, which can provide a sense of purpose and stability. Following a routine can also reduce anxiety and promote overall well-being.

3. Addressing social and interpersonal difficulties: People with adjustment disorder may experience challenges in their relationships, social interactions, or managing emotions. Occupational therapists can provide guidance and interventions to enhance social skills, improve communication, and develop healthy boundaries, ultimately fostering better interpersonal connections.

4. Developing self-care strategies: Adjusting to significant life changes can often disrupt self-care routines. Occupational therapists can assess an individual’s self-care abilities and provide recommendations to develop and maintain healthy self-care practices. This may include activities such as personal hygiene, grooming, sleep hygiene, nutrition, and exercise.

5. Improving problem-solving skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals develop effective problem-solving strategies to overcome challenges related to adjustment disorder. By assisting in identifying problems, exploring possible solutions, and implementing adaptive strategies, occupational therapists empower individuals to proactively cope with stressors and changes.

6. Promoting overall well-being and mental health: Occupational therapy focuses on individuals’ holistic well-being by addressing their physical, emotional, and mental health needs. Utilizing various therapeutic techniques and interventions, occupational therapists can assist individuals in managing their adjustment disorder symptoms, improving their overall mental health, and enhancing their quality of life.

Remember, occupational therapy should be part of a comprehensive treatment plan for adjustment disorder, which may also include psychotherapy, support from family and friends, and, if necessary, medication.

Occupational therapy assessments for adjustment 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 adjustment 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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