Occupational Therapy for Dissociative Identity Disorder

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with dissociative identity 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 dissociative identity 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 dissociative identity disorder (DID) by addressing specific needs and challenges related to daily functioning and overall well-being. Here are some ways in which occupational therapy can provide support:

1. Establishing routines and structure: Occupational therapists can help individuals with DID establish daily routines and structure their activities to enhance organization and stability. This can help reduce anxiety and increase a sense of control and predictability in their lives.

2. Developing coping strategies: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in developing coping strategies to manage stress, anxiety, and dissociation symptoms. This may involve teaching relaxation techniques, stress management skills, and grounding exercises.

3. Enhancing self-awareness: Occupational therapy can help individuals with DID increase their self-awareness and understanding of their condition. Therapists can teach techniques to recognize early signs of dissociation or triggers, which can aid in developing effective strategies to prevent or manage dissociative episodes.

4. Improving daily living skills: Occupational therapists can assess and provide intervention to improve everyday functional skills such as personal care, meal preparation, household management, and organization. This can enhance individuals’ independence and their ability to participate in meaningful activities.

5. Addressing trauma-related difficulties: Occupational therapists can help individuals with DID address trauma-related difficulties through various interventions, such as sensory integration techniques, art therapy, and play therapy. These approaches aim to promote emotional regulation and provide a safe and therapeutic outlet for expressing and processing emotions.

6. Enhancing social participation: Occupational therapists can work on improving social skills, interpersonal relationships, and community integration. This may involve practicing social interactions, role-playing, and participation in group activities to increase social confidence and engagement.

7. Collaborating with other professionals: Occupational therapists often work within a multidisciplinary team. They can collaborate with psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other healthcare professionals to ensure comprehensive care planning and coordination.

It is crucial to note that treatment for DID should be provided by a team of professionals specializing in dissociative disorders. Occupational therapy is more effective when integrated with psychotherapy and a tailored treatment plan aimed at addressing the specific needs and goals of the individual with DID.

Occupational therapy assessments for dissociative identity 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 dissociative identity 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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