Occupational Therapy for Avoidant Personality Disorder

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

1. Social skills development: Occupational therapists can help individuals with avoidant personality disorder develop and practice social skills through role-playing and other therapeutic techniques. They can work on improving communication, assertiveness, and self-expression, enabling individuals to feel more comfortable and confident in social situations.

2. Anxiety management: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in developing strategies to manage anxiety and reduce avoidance behavior. This can involve teaching relaxation techniques, stress management techniques, and coping mechanisms to help individuals better navigate and cope with anxiety-provoking situations.

3. Building self-esteem and self-confidence: Occupational therapists can help individuals with avoidant personality disorder identify and challenge negative self-beliefs and work towards building self-esteem and self-confidence. They can provide support and guidance to individuals as they set and achieve goals that foster a sense of competence and self-worth.

4. Daily living skills enhancement: Occupational therapists can help individuals develop and improve their daily living skills, such as organization, time management, and self-care skills. By enhancing these skills, individuals can feel more confident and capable in managing their daily lives, which can positively impact their overall well-being.

5. Support in vocational pursuits: Occupational therapists can assist individuals with avoidant personality disorder in exploring and pursuing vocational options. They can help individuals identify their strengths, interests, and abilities, and provide guidance and support in seeking and maintaining employment. This can promote independence, increase self-confidence, and provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Overall, occupational therapy provides a holistic and individualized approach to address the specific challenges faced by individuals with avoidant personality disorder, helping them improve their overall functioning and quality of life.

Occupational therapy assessments for avoidant personality 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 avoidant personality 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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