Occupational Therapy for Bulimia

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with bulimia nervosa. 

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 bulimia?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with bulimia nervosa in several ways:

1. Establishing a Structured Routine:

Occupational therapists can help individuals establish a structured routine which includes regular eating patterns and healthier habits. By creating a consistent daily schedule, individuals can better manage their eating behaviours and reduce the likelihood of binging and purging.

2. Developing Coping Strategies:

Occupational therapists can assist individuals in developing alternative coping strategies to replace the unhealthy behaviours associated with bulimia nervosa. This may include introducing relaxation techniques, stress management strategies, and exploring new hobbies or activities that distract from negative thoughts or triggers.

3. Improving Body Image and Self-Esteem:

Occupational therapists can work with individuals to address body image issues and enhance self-esteem. This may involve engaging in activities that boost confidence, setting realistic goals, and implementing strategies to challenge negative self-perceptions.

4. Promoting Healthy Relationships:

Occupational therapists can assist individuals in establishing healthier social connections and improving relationships. This may involve developing communication skills, assertiveness training, and educating individuals on setting boundaries and seeking support from others.

5. Encouraging Self-Care and Healthy Lifestyle:

Occupational therapists can help individuals prioritize self-care practices and adopt a healthier lifestyle. This may include developing meal planning and preparation skills, teaching individuals to listen to their body’s hunger cues, promoting regular exercise, and assisting with sleep hygiene.

6. Supporting Emotional Regulation:

Occupational therapists can provide strategies to support emotional regulation, such as mindfulness techniques, grounding exercises, and other sensory-based interventions. They may also help individuals identify and address underlying emotional issues that contribute to bulimic behaviours.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to enhance an individual’s overall well-being and facilitate the development of healthier habits and coping mechanisms, which can be beneficial for individuals with bulimia nervosa. It is important to note that occupational therapy is typically part of a comprehensive treatment approach, and individuals with bulimia nervosa should also seek professional mental health services, medical care, and nutritional counseling.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with bulimia nervosa. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for bulimia nervosa

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 bulimia nervosa 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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