Occupational Therapy for Mood Disorders

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with mood 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 mood disorders?

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 mood disorders in several ways:

1. Structured Routine: Occupational therapists often work with individuals to establish a structured routine. A consistent schedule can help stabilize mood and provide a sense of purpose and control.

2. Activity Engagement: Engaging in meaningful and purposeful activities can help distract individuals from negative thoughts and emotions. Occupational therapists assist in identifying and participating in activities that promote positive emotions and improve overall well-being.

3. Social Interaction: Occupational therapy encourages social engagement, which can help individuals with mood disorders combat feelings of isolation and loneliness. Participating in group activities, joining support groups, or volunteering can provide opportunities for social connection and support.

4. Stress Management: Occupational therapists teach strategies to manage stress, such as relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and time management skills. Learning to effectively cope with stress can positively impact mood and reduce the risk of relapse.

5. Improved Self-Esteem and Confidence: Occupational therapists work on improving self-esteem and confidence by setting goals and achieving them through meaningful activities. Success in these activities can boost self-worth and foster a more positive outlook.

6. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Occupational therapists may incorporate cognitive-behavioral techniques into their sessions. This approach helps individuals recognize and challenge negative thoughts and replace them with more positive and realistic ones.

7. Sleep Management: Occupational therapists can assist in establishing good sleep hygiene practices, which are essential for managing mood disorders. Adequate sleep promotes better mental health and emotional well-being.

8. Coping Skills Training: Occupational therapists help individuals develop effective coping strategies to manage symptoms of mood disorders. These strategies may include problem-solving skills, emotion regulation techniques, and stress reduction techniques.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to improve the quality of life for people with mood disorders by focusing on daily functioning, emotional well-being, and social participation. With proper intervention and support, occupational therapy can play a vital role in managing and recovering from mood disorders.

Occupational therapy assessments for mood 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 mood 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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