Occupational Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with obsessive compulsive 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 obsessive compulsive 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 obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in several ways:

1. Developing daily routine and structure: Occupational therapists help individuals with OCD establish and maintain a structured daily routine, which can provide a sense of predictability and reduce anxiety.

2. Stress and anxiety management: Therapists teach relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing exercises and mindfulness, to help manage stress and anxiety associated with OCD symptoms.

3. Activity scheduling: Occupational therapists help individuals identify meaningful activities that they enjoy and can engage in regularly. Participation in activities that bring a sense of joy and accomplishment can distract individuals from their obsessions and compulsions.

4. Exposure and response prevention (ERP): Occupational therapists can guide individuals with OCD through exposure exercises, gradually exposing them to their feared situations or triggers while preventing specific compulsive behaviors. This helps individuals face their fears and slowly build tolerance and resilience.

5. Time management and organization: People with OCD often struggle with time management and organizing their surroundings. Occupational therapists teach strategies and techniques to help individuals prioritize tasks, manage time effectively, and maintain a clutter-free environment.

6. Adaptive strategies: Occupational therapists assist individuals in finding adaptive strategies and modifications to their daily routines, environments, and tasks to accommodate their OCD symptoms. This may include organizing systems, labeling, and simplifying tasks for better manageability.

7. Cognitive restructuring: Therapists help individuals challenge and reframe their negative or distorted thoughts about their obsessions and compulsions. This process can gradually reduce the anxiety and control associated with the OCD symptoms.

8. Social skills development: Occupational therapists can facilitate social skills training to help individuals with OCD effectively communicate their needs, manage interpersonal relationships, and address any social difficulties resulting from their condition.

Overall, occupational therapy focuses on assisting individuals with OCD in maximizing their functional independence, reducing anxiety, and achieving a better quality of life by actively engaging in meaningful activities.

Occupational therapy assessments for obsessive compulsive 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 obsessive compulsive 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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