Occupational Therapy for Panic Disorder

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with panic 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 panic 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 panic disorder by helping them manage daily activities, reduce anxiety, and improve their overall quality of life. Here are some ways occupational therapy can be beneficial:

1. Activity analysis: Occupational therapists can analyze the patient’s daily routine and identify triggers or activities that contribute to panic attacks. By understanding these triggers, therapists can help individuals modify their activities, reduce stressors, and create a routine that promotes relaxation.

2. Stress management: Occupational therapists can teach individuals coping strategies and relaxation techniques to manage stress and anxiety. This may include deep breathing exercises, mindfulness, progressive muscle relaxation, or guided imagery. These techniques can help individuals control their panic symptoms and reduce the frequency and intensity of panic attacks.

3. Sensory integration: Occupational therapists can use sensory integration techniques to help individuals regulate their sensory system. By providing sensory stimulation or reducing sensory input, therapists can assist individuals in achieving a more balanced and calm state, reducing anxiety and preventing panic attacks.

4. Energy conservation: Panic disorder can often leave individuals feeling fatigued and drained. Occupational therapists can teach energy conservation techniques and pacing strategies to manage daily activities effectively without exacerbating anxiety levels. This enables individuals to engage in meaningful activities while conserving energy and preventing exhaustion.

5. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): Occupational therapists may employ CBT techniques, such as identifying and challenging irrational thoughts and beliefs, to help patients restructure their thinking patterns and develop more effective coping strategies. By replacing negative thoughts with positive and realistic ones, individuals can reduce anxiety and prevent panic attacks.

6. Lifestyle modifications: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in making necessary lifestyle modifications to manage panic disorder. This may involve creating a supportive environment, implementing self-care routines, establishing healthy sleep patterns, exercising regularly, and incorporating activities that promote relaxation and stress reduction.

7. Social skills training: Panic disorder can lead to social isolation and avoidance of activities or situations that trigger anxiety. Occupational therapists can provide social skills training to help individuals develop effective communication, assertiveness, and problem-solving skills. This can enhance their ability to engage in social interactions and participate in activities, ultimately reducing anxiety and improving their social well-being.

In summary, occupational therapy can benefit people with panic disorder by addressing their unique needs, providing coping strategies, and helping them manage their daily lives in a way that minimizes anxiety and improves overall functioning.

Occupational therapy assessments for panic 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 panic 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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