Occupational Therapy for Chronic Stress

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

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 chronic stress?

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 chronic stress in several ways:

1. Stress management techniques: Occupational therapists can teach individuals coping mechanisms and stress reduction techniques specific to their needs. These may include deep breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, relaxation exercises, and time management strategies.

2. Activity analysis and modification: Occupational therapists assess an individual’s daily activities and routines and identify aspects that contribute to stress. They can recommend modifications or adaptations to these activities to reduce stress levels. For example, they may suggest breaking tasks into smaller, manageable parts or altering the environment to create a calm and organized space.

3. Productivity and time management: Chronic stress often leads to difficulty in managing time and completing tasks. Occupational therapists can provide strategies and tools to improve productivity, such as using planners and creating schedules. They may also help individuals prioritize tasks and set realistic goals, reducing stress related to feeling overwhelmed or disorganized.

4. Healthy coping mechanisms: Occupational therapists can encourage individuals to engage in activities that promote relaxation, self-care, and self-expression. These may include hobbies, creative arts therapy, exercise, or developing social support networks. By engaging in enjoyable and fulfilling activities, individuals can better manage and reduce their stress levels.

5. Mind-body connection: Occupational therapy focuses on the connection between the mind and body. Therapists may incorporate techniques like yoga, tai chi, or meditation to help individuals regulate their stress responses. These practices can lead to improved overall well-being and stress management.

6. Building resilience: Occupational therapists can help individuals develop resilience to stress by identifying their strengths and building upon them. Through various therapeutic approaches, they can assist individuals in developing problem-solving skills, positive thinking patterns, and effective coping mechanisms. By enhancing resilience, individuals can better withstand and manage stress over the long term.

It is important to note that occupational therapy is most effective as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for chronic stress. Collaborating with other healthcare professionals, such as psychologists or psychiatrists, can provide a holistic approach to managing chronic stress and its underlying causes.

Occupational therapy assessments for chronic stress

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 chronic stress 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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