Occupational Therapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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

1. Enhancing self-awareness: Occupational therapists help individuals with body dysmorphic disorder become more aware of their distorted body image perceptions. Through various therapeutic techniques, individuals can learn to recognize and challenge their negative thoughts and beliefs about their appearance.

2. Developing coping strategies: Occupational therapists can teach individuals with body dysmorphic disorder helpful coping strategies to manage the distress caused by their body image concerns. These may include relaxation techniques, mindfulness exercises, and stress reduction strategies.

3. Improving self-esteem and body image: Occupational therapy focuses on building self-esteem by identifying and developing individuals’ strengths and positive qualities. Therapeutic activities may involve engagement in meaningful and purposeful occupations that promote a positive body image, such as participating in fulfilling hobbies or engaging in social activities.

4. Addressing daily functioning difficulties: Individuals with body dysmorphic disorder often face challenges in their daily lives due to their preoccupation with appearance. Occupational therapists can help them identify specific difficulties, such as diminished social interactions or reduced occupational engagement, and develop strategies to overcome them.

5. Providing support and empathy: Occupational therapists provide a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals with body dysmorphic disorder to express their concerns and fears about their body image. They offer support and empathy, which can alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness often associated with the disorder.

6. Collaborating with other professionals: Occupational therapists can work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as psychologists or psychiatrists, to create a comprehensive treatment plan. This collaboration ensures that all aspects of an individual’s condition are addressed, and interventions are coordinated effectively.

Overall, occupational therapy can have a positive impact on individuals with body dysmorphic disorder by helping them manage their symptoms, improve their quality of life, and develop healthier perspectives about their bodies.

Occupational therapy assessments for body dysmorphic 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 body dysmorphic 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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