Occupational Therapy for Bipolar

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

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 bipolar?

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 bipolar disorder in several ways:

1. Lifestyle Management: Occupational therapists can help individuals develop healthy and balanced routines, such as maintaining a regular sleep schedule, engaging in physical activity, and managing stress. They can assist in setting realistic goals and structuring daily activities, which can help stabilize mood fluctuations.

2. Enhancing Coping Skills: Occupational therapists can teach individuals with bipolar disorder various coping strategies to manage stress, anxiety, and mood swings. They can provide techniques for relaxation, stress reduction, and emotional regulation, empowering individuals to better manage their symptoms.

3. Medication Management: Occupational therapists can work collaboratively with psychiatrists to ensure that individuals are adhering to their medication regimen and monitoring any potential side effects. They can also assist in developing strategies to remember to take medication regularly.

4. Social Skills Development: Occupational therapy can help people with bipolar disorder develop and improve their social skills. This can include enhancing communication skills, building relationships, and increasing their social support network. These skills are vital for maintaining healthy relationships and improving overall well-being.

5. Vocational Support: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in exploring vocational interests, identifying suitable job opportunities, and developing strategies to maintain employment. They can also provide support in dealing with workplace stress and fostering workplace accommodations if needed.

6. Daily Living Skills Training: Occupational therapists can offer training and support in managing activities of daily living, such as personal hygiene, meal planning and preparation, and household management. This can help individuals regain and maintain their independence and improve their overall quality of life.

Overall, occupational therapy focuses on helping individuals with bipolar disorder to lead meaningful and productive lives by addressing their unique needs and challenges within daily life activities.

Occupational therapy assessments for bipolar

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 bipolar 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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