Occupational Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with post-traumatic stress 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 post-traumatic stress 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 post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in several ways:

1. Emotional Regulation: Occupational therapists help individuals with PTSD learn effective strategies to manage their emotions. This includes techniques such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness, and progressive muscle relaxation, which can help reduce anxiety and stress levels.

2. Skill Development: PTSD can negatively affect a person’s ability to perform daily activities and engage in social interactions. Occupational therapists work on developing and enhancing functional skills necessary for independent living, such as self-care, time management, organization, and problem-solving abilities. This promotes a sense of empowerment and self-confidence, as individuals are able to regain control over their lives.

3. Sensory Processing: Many individuals with PTSD experience sensory sensitivities or difficulties in processing sensory information. Occupational therapists help identify triggers that may worsen symptoms and develop strategies to manage sensory overload. These strategies may include sensory integration techniques, environmental modifications, and adaptive equipment to help individuals engage in meaningful activities without discomfort.

4. Occupational Engagement: Engaging in meaningful activities can promote a sense of purpose and joy, helping individuals with PTSD in their recovery. Occupational therapists assess an individual’s interests, strengths, and values and help them identify and participate in activities that provide a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. This may involve hobbies, work, volunteering, or engaging in new activities.

5. Trauma-Informed Care: Occupational therapists receive training in trauma-informed care, which helps them create a safe and supportive environment for individuals with PTSD. They employ techniques such as establishing rapport, active listening, empathy, and fostering a collaborative therapeutic relationship. This approach helps individuals feel understood, validated, and increases their willingness to participate in therapy.

6. Social Support: Occupational therapists may facilitate or provide access to support groups or therapeutic programs where individuals with PTSD can connect with others who have experienced similar challenges. This can provide a valuable support network, reduce isolation, and foster a sense of belonging and understanding.

Overall, occupational therapy can play a significant role in helping individuals with PTSD manage their symptoms, regain autonomy, and improve their overall quality of life.

Occupational therapy assessments for post-traumatic stress 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 post-traumatic stress 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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