Occupational Therapy for Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with narcissistic personality 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 narcissistic personality 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 narcissistic personality disorder in several ways:

1. Enhancing self-awareness: Occupational therapists help individuals with narcissistic personality disorder develop a better understanding of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors through various therapeutic techniques. This increased self-awareness can lead to recognizing the impact of their behavior on others and developing empathy.

2. Developing social skills: Occupational therapy can assist individuals with narcissistic personality disorder in developing appropriate social skills and improving their interpersonal interactions. This may include practicing active listening, perspective-taking, and recognizing social cues.

3. Addressing underlying issues: Occupational therapists work with individuals to explore the underlying causes and triggers of their narcissistic tendencies. This can involve delving into past experiences, exploring self-esteem issues, and working through any unresolved trauma. By addressing these issues, individuals can work towards healthier and more adaptive behaviors.

4. Goal setting and routine development: Occupational therapists help individuals with narcissistic personality disorder set realistic goals and develop routines that promote a balanced lifestyle. This may include structuring daily activities, setting achievable milestones, and balancing work-life priorities.

5. Emphasizing empathy and understanding others: Occupational therapists facilitate empathy development by encouraging individuals with narcissistic personality disorder to explore different perspectives and understand the experiences of others. This helps foster positive relationships and reduce the focus on self-centeredness.

6. Stress and anger management: Occupational therapists provide individuals with coping strategies and techniques to manage stress and anger effectively. This helps individuals better regulate their emotions and respond to challenging situations in a more adaptive manner.

7. Developing healthy coping mechanisms: Occupational therapists assist individuals in finding healthier ways to cope with their emotions and stressors. This may involve exploring various leisure activities, hobbies, or creative outlets that can serve as positive coping mechanisms.

Overall, occupational therapy can help individuals with narcissistic personality disorder develop self-awareness, empathy, social skills, and coping mechanisms. The ultimate goal is to promote healthier patterns of thinking, improved relationships, and adaptive behaviors.

Occupational therapy assessments for narcissistic personality 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 narcissistic personality 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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