Occupational Therapy for Emotional Disorders

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with emotional 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 emotional disorders?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with emotional disorders in several ways:

1. Enhancing self-awareness: Occupational therapists help individuals with emotional disorders understand their emotions, triggers, and coping mechanisms. They assist them in recognizing and expressing their emotions appropriately.

2. Developing coping skills: Occupational therapists teach individuals with emotional disorders effective coping strategies to manage stress, anxiety, or depression. These skills may include relaxation techniques, deep breathing exercises, mindfulness practices, or journaling.

3. Improving problem-solving abilities: Occupational therapists help individuals with emotional disorders develop problem-solving skills to overcome challenges and deal with conflicts in their daily lives. This can empower them to find effective solutions and reduce emotional distress.

4. Promoting social skills: Occupational therapists focus on enhancing social skills and providing social support to individuals with emotional disorders. They may facilitate group therapy sessions or engage them in activities to improve communication, assertiveness, empathy, and social integration.

5. Increasing self-esteem and confidence: Occupational therapists work on improving self-esteem and self-confidence through participation in meaningful activities. By setting achievable goals and providing positive reinforcement, they help individuals with emotional disorders gain a sense of accomplishment and self-worth.

6. Addressing emotional regulation: Occupational therapists assist individuals in developing healthy emotional regulation strategies. They may use techniques like sensory integration therapy, art therapy, or music therapy to help regulate emotions and promote emotional stability.

7. Enhancing daily functioning: Occupational therapists support individuals with emotional disorders in maintaining or improving their ability to participate in their daily activities. By addressing functional limitations, they help individuals lead independent and fulfilling lives.

8. Collaborating with caregivers: Occupational therapists also collaborate with caregivers and family members to provide education, support, and guidance on how to understand and address the emotional needs of the individual with emotional disorders. This collaborative approach helps create a supportive environment that promotes emotional well-being.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to enhance the overall quality of life for individuals with emotional disorders by improving their emotional, cognitive, social, and functional abilities. It provides an individualized approach to address specific needs and goals, helping individuals manage their emotions effectively and lead meaningful lives.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with emotional disorders. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for emotional 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 emotional 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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