Occupational Therapy for Depression

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

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 depression?

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 depression in several ways. Here are some of the ways in which occupational therapy can help:

1. Daily Routine and Structure: Depression often leads to a lack of motivation and difficulty performing everyday activities. Occupational therapists can help individuals establish regular routines and structure their days, which can help provide a sense of stability and purpose.

2. Goal Setting and Achievement: Setting small, achievable goals is an important component of occupational therapy. By working with an occupational therapist, individuals with depression can set goals and gradually work towards achieving them. This process can help increase self-esteem, boost motivation, and provide a sense of accomplishment.

3. Engagement in Meaningful Activities: Occupational therapists focus on identifying meaningful activities for each individual. By engaging in activities that bring joy, satisfaction, or a sense of purpose, individuals with depression can experience enhanced mood and overall well-being.

4. Socialization and Peer Support: Depression often results in social isolation and withdrawal from activities and relationships. Occupational therapists can encourage participation in social activities, provide strategies for building social skills, and facilitate opportunities for individuals to connect with peers, which can help combat feelings of loneliness and improve mood.

5. Stress Reduction: Occupational therapists can teach individuals coping strategies and stress management techniques to help them better manage and reduce the symptoms of depression. This may include mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques, and time management skills.

6. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Techniques: Occupational therapists trained in cognitive behavioral therapy can incorporate CBT techniques into their interventions. CBT helps individuals identify negative thoughts and behaviors and replace them with more positive and adaptive ones. This can be particularly useful in challenging the negative thinking patterns commonly associated with depression.

Overall, occupational therapy can provide individuals with depression the skills, support, and strategies they need to regain control over their lives, manage their symptoms, and improve their overall well-being.

Occupational therapy assessments for depression

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 depression 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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