Occupational Therapy for Cyclothymic Disorder

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with cyclothymic 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 cyclothymic 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 cyclothymic disorder in several ways. Some of the potential benefits include:

1. Daily Routine: Occupational therapists can help individuals with cyclothymic disorder establish and maintain a structured daily routine. This can create a sense of stability and reduce the impact of mood swings on their daily functioning.

2. Skill Development: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in developing skills to manage their symptoms effectively. This may include teaching coping strategies, stress management techniques, and problem-solving skills to navigate challenging situations.

3. Goal Setting: Occupational therapists can help individuals set realistic goals that align with their interests and abilities. Working towards and achieving these goals can boost self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment, which can be particularly valuable during depressive episodes.

4. Energy Conservation: Occupational therapists can suggest and teach techniques for energy conservation. Individuals with cyclothymic disorder often experience variations in their energy levels. Learning how to manage and conserve energy can help them better navigate their daily activities and prevent exhaustion.

5. Social Engagement: Occupational therapy can involve social activities and group therapy sessions, allowing individuals with cyclothymic disorder to connect with others who have similar experiences. This can reduce feelings of isolation and provide a supportive environment for sharing challenges and successes.

6. Self-Regulation: Occupational therapists can teach individuals with cyclothymic disorder techniques to regulate their emotions and manage their mood swings. These may include mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques, and sensory integration activities to promote self-awareness and emotional control.

7. Adaptive Strategies: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in identifying and implementing adaptive strategies to manage their symptoms during different mood states. This may involve modifying the environment, developing routines, or finding alternative approaches to tasks to accommodate their changing needs.

It is important to note that occupational therapy should be integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan that may include medication management, psychotherapy, and other supports tailored to the individual’s needs. Additionally, the effectiveness of occupational therapy will vary depending on the individual, their motivation, and their willingness to actively participate in the therapeutic process.

Occupational therapy assessments for cyclothymic 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. 

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with cyclothymic 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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