Occupational Therapy for Delusional Disorder

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

1. Establishing a structured routine: Occupational therapists can help individuals with delusional disorder establish a consistent daily routine. This routine can provide a sense of stability and reduce anxiety or distress associated with their delusions.

2. Enhancing reality testing: Occupational therapists can work with individuals to develop skills that improve their ability to differentiate between reality and their delusions. This can involve engaging in reality-based activities and exercises that help challenge and question their false beliefs.

3. Developing coping strategies: Occupational therapists can help individuals develop effective coping strategies to manage their delusions and associated symptoms. This may include teaching techniques for managing stress, anxiety, or paranoia, and providing tools to manage potential triggers.

4. Improving social skills and relationships: Delusional disorder can often lead to isolation, withdrawal, or strained relationships. Occupational therapists can help individuals build social skills and improve their ability to communicate effectively. This can help individuals maintain or rebuild relationships and enhance their overall quality of life.

5. Facilitating self-care and independent living: Delusional disorder can sometimes impact an individual’s ability to take care of themselves or manage everyday activities. Occupational therapists can provide guidance and support to develop strategies for personal hygiene, managing medications, and maintaining a safe and functional living environment. They can also help individuals regain independence in activities of daily living.

6. Providing a safe therapeutic environment: Occupational therapy can offer a non-judgmental and safe environment for individuals to express their experiences and emotions. Therapists can provide support, validate their feelings, and assist in developing strategies to manage any distress associated with the delusions.

It’s important to note that occupational therapy should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, which may also include medication, psychotherapy, and support from other healthcare professionals. Each individual’s needs and goals should be considered in tailoring the approach to their specific situation.

Occupational therapy assessments for delusional 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 delusional 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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