Occupational Therapy for Agoraphobia

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with agoraphobia. 

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 agoraphobia?

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 agoraphobia in the following ways:

1. Developing coping strategies: Occupational therapists can help individuals with agoraphobia develop coping strategies to manage their anxiety and fear of leaving home. They can provide techniques such as deep breathing exercises, visualization, and grounding techniques to help individuals stay calm in challenging situations.

2. Gradual exposure therapy: Occupational therapists can assist individuals with agoraphobia in gradually exposing themselves to their feared situations and environments. They can design customized treatment plans that gradually increase the level of exposure, helping individuals build confidence and reduce anxiety over time.

3. Activity analysis and modification: Occupational therapists can assess an individual’s daily routines and activities to identify areas that may trigger anxiety or avoidance behaviors. They can then work with the individual to modify those activities or develop alternative methods to allow participation in a meaningful way while managing anxiety levels.

4. Setting goals and increasing independence: Occupational therapists can work with individuals with agoraphobia to set specific goals related to increasing their ability to leave home and engage in desired activities. They can help individuals develop problem-solving skills, time management strategies, and social skills to foster independence and enable greater community engagement.

5. Support and education: Occupational therapists can provide emotional support and education to individuals with agoraphobia and their families. They can educate them about the nature of agoraphobia, its effects, and the available resources. Additionally, they can offer support and guidance in navigating the challenges associated with agoraphobia.

Overall, occupational therapy can play a significant role in helping individuals with agoraphobia overcome their fears, develop effective coping mechanisms, and regain the ability to engage in daily activities and participate in the community.

Occupational therapy assessments for agoraphobia

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. 

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with agoraphobia 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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