Occupational Therapy for Dysthymia

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

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 dysthymia?

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 dysthymia in several ways:

1. Activity engagement: Occupational therapists can help individuals with dysthymia engage in meaningful activities that they enjoy and find purposeful. This can include encouraging participation in hobbies, social activities, volunteering, and work-related tasks. Engaging in activities can enhance a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, and well-being.

2. Routine and structure: Occupational therapists can assist individuals with dysthymia in establishing daily routines and structures. By organizing their day with activities, such as self-care, exercise, work, leisure, and relaxation, individuals can experience a sense of predictability, stability, and control over their lives.

3. Stress management: Occupational therapists can teach stress management techniques to individuals with dysthymia. These techniques may include deep breathing exercises, mindfulness practices, and relaxation techniques. By managing stress effectively, individuals can improve their mood, reduce anxiety, and enhance overall well-being.

4. Goal setting: Occupational therapists can help individuals with dysthymia set realistic and achievable goals related to their daily activities. Setting and working towards these goals can provide individuals with a sense of purpose, motivation, and accomplishment, ultimately improving their overall mood and self-esteem.

5. Social support: Occupational therapists can facilitate social interaction and provide support for individuals with dysthymia. This can involve participation in group therapy sessions, support groups, or connecting individuals with available community resources and supports. Social support can help individuals feel understood, reduce feelings of isolation, and promote positive relationships.

6. Adaptive techniques: Occupational therapists can teach individuals with dysthymia adaptive techniques and strategies to overcome challenges in their daily life. This might include developing coping mechanisms, problem-solving skills, time management techniques, and stress reduction strategies. By learning and implementing these techniques, individuals can improve their ability to manage their dysthymia symptoms effectively.

It is important to note that occupational therapy should be part of a comprehensive treatment plan for dysthymia, which may also include therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. Working collaboratively with a healthcare team can provide individuals with the most effective and holistic treatment approach for their dysthymia.

Occupational therapy assessments for dysthymia

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 dysthymia 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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