Occupational Therapy for Hoarding

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

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 hoarding?

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 hoarding disorder in several ways:

1. Developing organization skills: Occupational therapists can work with individuals to develop strategies to organize their living spaces. They teach concepts such as categorization, labeling, and sorting, helping individuals to declutter and establish a systematic approach to managing their belongings.

2. Enhancing decision-making skills: People with hoarding disorder often struggle with indecisiveness, making it difficult for them to discard items. Occupational therapists can provide guidance and support to help individuals develop decision-making skills, enabling them to determine which items are necessary and which can be let go of.

3. Building problem-solving abilities: Occupational therapists assist individuals in hoarding disorder to develop problem-solving skills. They help them identify the underlying reasons behind their hoarding behavior and find alternative strategies to address those concerns, such as developing coping mechanisms or seeking emotional support.

4. Addressing occupational performance: Occupational therapists evaluate the impact of hoarding on an individual’s daily functioning and work with them to improve their occupational performance. This can include activities such as personal care, household management, and social participation, all of which may be hindered by hoarding behaviors.

5. Providing emotional support: Occupational therapists provide a compassionate and non-judgmental environment for individuals with hoarding disorder to express their emotions and concerns. They help them recognize and manage anxiety or distress associated with parting with possessions, and collaborate to develop healthy emotional coping strategies.

6. Collaborating with other professionals: Occupational therapists often work in conjunction with mental health professionals, including psychologists and social workers, as part of a multidisciplinary approach to hoarding disorder. This collaboration ensures a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the various factors contributing to hoarding behavior.

Overall, occupational therapy helps individuals with hoarding disorder to develop skills and strategies to manage their belongings, improve their daily functioning, and enhance their overall well-being.

Occupational therapy assessments for hoarding

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 hoarding 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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