Occupational Therapy for Anorexia

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with anorexia nervosa. 

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 anorexia?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with anorexia in several ways:

1. Establishing a Routine:

Occupational therapists can help individuals with anorexia nervosa establish and maintain a daily routine. This routine can include structured meal and snack times, self-care activities, physical exercise, and engaging in meaningful occupations. Having a routine helps individuals regulate their eating patterns and overall wellbeing.

2. Addressing Body Image Distortions:

Occupational therapists can help individuals with anorexia nervosa address body image distortions by using therapeutic activities. These activities may focus on promoting a positive body image, challenging negative thoughts, and developing self-acceptance and self-compassion. Engaging in creative and expressive activities can support individuals in exploring and expressing their emotions related to body image.

3. Meal Preparation and Planning:

Occupational therapists can support individuals with anorexia nervosa in meal preparation and planning. They can help individuals develop healthy eating habits, meal plans, and grocery shopping skills. This intervention can provide individuals with a sense of control and autonomy over their food choices while ensuring balanced nutrition.

4. Engaging in Meaningful Occupations:

Occupational therapists can assist individuals with anorexia nervosa in identifying and engaging in meaningful occupations. This can include activities that foster self-esteem, build confidence, and promote social connections. Occupational therapists may facilitate participation in exercise groups, art therapy, leisure activities, or vocational pursuits, depending on the individual’s interests and goals.

5. Emotion Regulation:

Occupational therapists can teach individuals with anorexia nervosa effective strategies for managing emotions and stress. Through various techniques like deep breathing exercises, mindfulness, and sensory integration, individuals can learn to regulate their emotions and decrease anxiety or depression, which are commonly associated with eating disorders.

6. Environmental Modifications:

Occupational therapists can help create a supportive and therapeutic environment that promotes recovery from anorexia nervosa. This may involve modifications to the physical space, such as ensuring a comfortable and inviting eating area. Occupational therapists can also collaborate with other healthcare professionals to create a safe and supportive environment in residential treatment facilities or outpatient settings.

Overall, occupational therapy can contribute to the comprehensive treatment of individuals with anorexia nervosa by addressing their physical, emotional, and psychosocial needs, supporting their recovery.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with anorexia nervosa. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for anorexia

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 anorexia nervosa 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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