Occupational Therapy for Gender Dysphoria

Our occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with gender dysphoria. 

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 gender dysphoria?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with gender dysphoria in several ways:

1. Support in identifying and expressing gender identity: Occupational therapists can provide a safe and accepting environment for individuals to explore and express their gender identity. They can facilitate discussions, provide resources, and help individuals understand their feelings and experiences related to gender dysphoria.

2. Coping strategies and emotional support: Gender dysphoria can cause significant emotional distress and occupational therapists can assist individuals in developing coping strategies to manage anxiety, depression, and other emotional challenges. They can also provide emotional support during the process of transitioning and adapting to a new gender identity.

3. Social skills and community engagement: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in developing social skills and self-confidence related to their affirmed gender identity. This may include practicing assertiveness, teaching effective communication skills, and providing opportunities to engage with supportive communities.

4. Physical and sensory support: Some individuals with gender dysphoria may experience physical discomfort related to their body or sensory issues that can impact their daily activities. Occupational therapists can provide guidance on managing physical discomfort, improving body satisfaction, adapting daily tasks, and addressing sensory sensitivities.

5. Support with transition-related activities: Occupational therapists can help individuals navigate the practical aspects of transitioning, such as legal and workplace accommodations, accessing healthcare, and coordinating support networks. They can also provide guidance on self-care routines, grooming, clothing selection, and other activities that support an individual’s desired gender expression.

6. Addressing occupational imbalance: Gender dysphoria can sometimes disrupt an individual’s ability to participate in activities that are meaningful to them, leading to occupational imbalance. Occupational therapists can work with individuals to identify meaningful activities and develop strategies to reintegrate them into their daily lives, fostering overall well-being and fulfillment.

It’s important to note that the goals and interventions in occupational therapy are highly individualized, and the specific benefits for individuals with gender dysphoria can vary based on their unique experiences, needs, and goals.

Occupational therapy assessments for gender dysphoria

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.

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with gender dysphoria 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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