Occupational Therapy for Anxiety

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

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 anxiety?

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 anxiety in several ways:

1. Establishing Routine: By helping individuals with anxiety establish and maintain a structured daily routine, occupational therapists can reduce feelings of uncertainty and create a sense of stability.

2. Stress Management: Occupational therapists assist individuals in learning and implementing effective stress management techniques. This may include deep breathing exercises, mindfulness activities, or other relaxation techniques to alleviate anxious thoughts and promote calmness.

3. Activity Analysis: Occupational therapists analyze the activities individuals engage in and identify how certain activities may be contributing to their anxiety. They help develop strategies to modify or avoid triggers, cultivate adaptive coping mechanisms, and promote engagement in positive activities that can reduce anxiety.

4. Occupational Balance: Occupational therapists focus on achieving a healthy balance between work, leisure, and self-care activities, which can alleviate anxiety symptoms. They provide guidance on identifying activities that bring joy, fulfillment, and relaxation, while reducing excessive demands or pressures that may exacerbate anxiety.

5. Adaptive Strategies: Occupational therapists teach individuals with anxiety adaptive strategies to manage their daily activities. This may include time management techniques, task simplification, breaking activities into smaller, manageable steps, and the use of assistive devices or adaptive equipment to compensate for any physical or cognitive limitations that contribute to anxiety.

6. Social Skills Training: Many individuals with anxiety struggle with interpersonal interactions. Occupational therapists can teach effective communication skills, problem-solving techniques, and coping mechanisms for social situations. By improving social skills, individuals can experience reduced anxiety and increased confidence in various social contexts.

7. Sensory Integration: Occupational therapists use sensory integration techniques to help individuals regulate their sensory responses, which can contribute to anxiety. This may involve activities that provide deep pressure touch, balance activities, or sensory diet protocols to help individuals manage their anxiety symptoms more effectively.

8. Psychoeducation: Occupational therapists provide educational resources and information about anxiety disorders, its impact on daily functioning, and strategies to manage and cope with anxiety. They also educate individuals on self-care practices, healthy lifestyle habits, and community resources to maintain emotional well-being.

Ultimately, occupational therapy aims to enable individuals with anxiety to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives by addressing their specific challenges, assisting them in developing effective coping strategies, and promoting overall well-being.

Occupational therapy assessments for anxiety

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 anxiety 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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