Occupational Therapy for Dependent Personality Disorder

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with dependent 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 dependent 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 dependent personality disorder (DPD) by helping them develop skills, independence, and a sense of self-worth. Here are a few ways occupational therapy can be beneficial:

1. Assessing and enhancing independence: Occupational therapists can assess an individual’s strengths and deficits to determine specific areas where they need support and intervention. They can help individuals with DPD learn skills to manage daily tasks, such as personal hygiene, meal planning, and managing finances. By focusing on independence, occupational therapy can empower individuals to become more self-reliant and reduce their reliance on others.

2. Building self-esteem and confidence: Occupational therapists can work on improving self-esteem and confidence in individuals with DPD. They can help individuals set goals and achieve them, thus boosting their self-worth and sense of accomplishment. By engaging in meaningful activities and experiencing success, individuals with DPD can develop a more positive self-image.

3. Promoting boundary-setting and assertiveness: Individuals with DPD often struggle with setting boundaries and expressing their needs. Occupational therapists can help them develop assertiveness skills, teaching techniques to communicate their wants and needs effectively without relying excessively on others. Learning to set and enforce boundaries can increase their sense of control and reduce dependency.

4. Engaging in therapeutic activities: Occupational therapists use various therapeutic activities tailored to the individual’s needs to facilitate personal growth and development. These activities may include arts and crafts, gardening, cooking, or participating in recreational activities that promote mindfulness and self-expression. Engaging in meaningful and purposeful activities can help individuals with DPD explore their abilities and interests, leading to a stronger sense of identity.

5. Enhancing social skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals with DPD improve their social skills and develop healthy relationships. Through group therapy sessions, simulated social interactions, role-playing, and other techniques, individuals can learn effective communication, problem-solving, and socializing skills. Building and maintaining healthy relationships can reduce their reliance on others and foster independence.

It’s important to note that occupational therapy should be tailored to the specific needs of each individual with DPD. Collaborative work between the therapist, the individual, and their support system is crucial for the success of occupational therapy interventions.

Occupational therapy assessments for dependent 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 dependent 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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