Occupational Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with borderline 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 borderline 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 borderline personality disorder in a number of ways:

1. Skill development: Occupational therapists can help individuals with borderline personality disorder develop various skills needed for everyday life, such as time management, problem-solving, decision-making, and emotion regulation.

2. Daily routine and structure: Establishing a structured daily routine can be challenging for individuals with borderline personality disorder. Occupational therapists can help create a schedule that promotes stability and consistency, which can improve overall functioning and reduce emotional distress.

3. Coping strategies: Occupational therapists can teach coping strategies to individuals with borderline personality disorder to effectively manage stress, regulate emotions, and cope with difficult situations. These strategies may include deep breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, and relaxation techniques.

4. Social skills training: Borderline personality disorder often involves difficulties in social interactions. Occupational therapists can provide social skills training to improve communication skills, empathy, and relationship-building abilities.

5. Occupational engagement: Engaging in meaningful activities is important for mental health and overall well-being. Occupational therapists can help individuals with borderline personality disorder identify and participate in activities that bring them joy and fulfillment. This can boost self-esteem, improve mood, and reduce self-destructive behaviors.

6. Group therapy: Many occupational therapists run group therapy sessions that provide a supportive and therapeutic environment for individuals with borderline personality disorder. Group therapy allows individuals to practice social skills, develop self-awareness, and learn from others who are going through similar experiences.

Overall, occupational therapy can play a crucial role in helping individuals with borderline personality disorder improve their quality of life, enhance their functional abilities, and manage their emotions more effectively.

Occupational therapy assessments for borderline 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 borderline 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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