Occupational Therapy for Emotional Dysregulation

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

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 dysregulation?

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 emotional dysregulation in several ways:

1. Developing coping strategies: Occupational therapists can help individuals identify and develop appropriate coping strategies to manage their emotions. This may involve teaching relaxation techniques, deep breathing exercises, mindfulness, or other self-regulation strategies.

2. Sensory integration therapy: Emotion dysregulation often co-occurs with sensory processing difficulties. Occupational therapists can provide sensory integration therapy, which helps individuals regulate their responses to sensory stimuli, resulting in improved emotional regulation.

3. Daily routine and structure: Establishing a structured daily routine can provide predictability and stability, leading to improved emotional regulation. Occupational therapists can work with individuals to develop a structured schedule that includes self-care activities, work or school tasks, leisure activities, and social interaction.

4. Social skills training: Occupational therapists can help individuals with emotional dysregulation improve their social skills and enhance their ability to interact and communicate effectively with others. This can contribute to better emotional regulation in social situations.

5. Emotional expression and regulation: Occupational therapists can provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore and express their emotions. Through counseling sessions or creative activities like art or music therapy, individuals can develop better emotional regulation skills.

6. Goal setting and problem-solving: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in setting meaningful goals and developing problem-solving skills. These skills can help individuals enhance their emotional regulation abilities by breaking down overwhelming situations into manageable steps.

7. Self-care and stress management: Occupational therapists can teach individuals strategies for self-care and stress management, which are crucial for emotional regulation. This may include activities such as exercise, healthy eating, sleep hygiene, and engaging in enjoyable hobbies.

Overall, occupational therapy can help individuals with emotional dysregulation gain independence, improve their overall quality of life, and develop effective strategies for managing and regulating their emotions.

Occupational therapy assessments for emotional dysregulation

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 dysregulation 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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