Occupational Therapy for Paranoid Personality Disorder

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

1. Building trust and therapeutic relationship: Occupational therapists can establish a trusting alliance with individuals with paranoid personality disorder, which is crucial for effective therapy. By creating a safe and non-judgmental environment, therapists can help individuals feel comfortable discussing their concerns and fears.

2. Enhancing social skills: Occupational therapy can focus on enhancing social skills and helping individuals develop healthy relationships with others. Therapists can provide guidance on reading social cues, building empathy, practicing effective communication, and navigating social situations appropriately.

3. Addressing cognitive distortions: Occupational therapists can help individuals identify and challenge paranoid thoughts and cognitive distortions. By using cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, therapists can assist individuals in reframing their thoughts and developing healthier thinking patterns.

4. Stress and anxiety management: Occupational therapy can provide tools and techniques for managing stress and anxiety, which are common symptoms in paranoid personality disorder. Therapists may use relaxation techniques, mindfulness exercises, and stress reduction activities to help individuals cope with and reduce their levels of anxiety.

5. Daily routine and structure: Occupational therapists can help individuals create and maintain a structured daily routine. A predictable schedule and organized activities can provide a sense of stability and security, which might help reduce paranoia and anxiety.

6. Occupational engagement and purposeful activities: Occupational therapists can encourage individuals to engage in meaningful activities that enhance a sense of purpose and accomplishment. By participating in activities they enjoy or find purposeful, individuals with paranoid personality disorder can reduce their preoccupation with paranoid thoughts and focus on positive experiences.

7. Coping skills development: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in developing effective coping skills to manage their symptoms. This may involve teaching problem-solving techniques, emotion regulation strategies, and healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stressful situations.

It’s important to note that each person’s journey and needs may differ, and occupational therapy interventions should be tailored to the individual’s specific challenges and goals. Additionally, occupational therapy should be delivered as part of an interdisciplinary approach, involving collaboration with other mental health professionals, such as psychologists or psychiatrists, to provide comprehensive care.

Occupational therapy assessments for paranoid 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 paranoid 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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