Occupational Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with generalized anxiety 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 generalized anxiety 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 generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in several ways:

1. Identifying triggers and coping mechanisms: Occupational therapists can help individuals with GAD identify the specific triggers that lead to their anxiety symptoms. They work with them to develop effective coping mechanisms to manage these triggers and reduce anxiety levels.

2. Behavioral modification: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in recognizing and modifying negative thought patterns and behaviors associated with their anxiety. They may provide cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques to help individuals reframe their thoughts and adopt healthier coping strategies.

3. Daily routine and structure: Creating a structured daily routine can help individuals with GAD manage their anxiety. Occupational therapists can work with individuals to develop a balanced routine that includes self-care activities, work or school responsibilities, leisure activities, and relaxation techniques. Following a consistent routine can provide a sense of control and reduce anxiety.

4. Stress management techniques: Occupational therapists can teach relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness, to help individuals manage stress and anxiety symptoms. These techniques can be practiced in everyday situations to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety during stressful moments.

5. Exposure therapy: Occupational therapists may utilize exposure techniques to gradually expose individuals with GAD to situations that trigger anxiety in a controlled and supportive environment. By gradually confronting their fears, individuals can develop resilience and reduce avoidance behaviors associated with anxiety.

6. Occupational engagement: Engaging in meaningful and purposeful activities can be beneficial for individuals with GAD. Occupational therapists can help individuals identify and participate in activities that provide a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, and distraction from anxious thoughts. This can include hobbies, volunteer work, artistic endeavors, or participation in social activities.

7. Support systems and social skills: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in building and maintaining supportive relationships. They may provide guidance and practice social skills, assertiveness, communication techniques, and problem-solving strategies to enhance interpersonal interactions and reduce social anxiety.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to empower individuals with GAD to manage their anxiety symptoms, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. It focuses on improving everyday functioning, reducing stress, and increasing overall well-being.

Occupational therapy assessments for generalized anxiety 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 generalized anxiety 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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