Occupational Therapy for Dissociative Disorders

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

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 dissociative disorders?

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 dissociative disorders by addressing specific challenges and promoting overall well-being. Some ways in which it can be beneficial include:

1. Daily living skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals improve their ability to perform daily tasks such as personal hygiene, self-care, cooking, cleaning, and managing finances. By learning and practicing these skills, individuals can regain a sense of control over their lives and promote independence.

2. Sensory integration: Many individuals with dissociative disorders experience challenges in processing sensory information. Occupational therapists can provide sensory integration techniques to help individuals regulate their sensory experiences, reduce hyper or hypo-sensitivity, and improve their ability to engage in daily activities.

3. Cognitive rehabilitation: Dissociative disorders can affect cognitive processes such as attention, concentration, memory, and problem-solving. Occupational therapists can use various techniques, exercises, and strategies to promote cognitive rehabilitation and improve these cognitive functions.

4. Stress management and coping skills: Occupational therapists can teach individuals with dissociative disorders various stress management techniques and coping strategies to manage their symptoms. This may include mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques, and grounding techniques to help individuals stay present and manage anxiety or dissociative episodes.

5. Social skills development: For individuals with dissociative disorders who struggle with social interaction, occupational therapists can provide social skills training and support. This may include practicing social cues, communication skills, and problem-solving techniques to improve social interactions and build relationships.

6. Trauma-informed care: Occupational therapists who are knowledgeable about trauma and dissociation can provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals with dissociative disorders. They can employ trauma-informed approaches to therapy, including fostering trust, validating experiences, and offering a structured and predictable therapeutic setting.

Overall, occupational therapy can contribute to a multidisciplinary treatment plan for individuals with dissociative disorders by addressing their specific needs, promoting functional abilities, and improving overall quality of life.

Occupational therapy assessments for dissociative disorders

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 dissociative disorders 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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