Occupational Therapy for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with premenstrual dysphoric 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 premenstrual dysphoric 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 Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) in several ways:

1. Psychoeducation: Occupational therapists can provide education about PMDD, its symptoms, and how to manage them. This knowledge helps individuals better understand their condition and cope with the emotional and physical changes they experience during the menstrual cycle.

2. Emotional support: Occupational therapists can provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals with PMDD can express their emotions, fears, and concerns. This emotional support can aid in reducing anxiety and stress associated with PMDD.

3. Stress management: Occupational therapists can teach stress reduction techniques such as deep breathing, relaxation exercises, and mindfulness meditation. These techniques can help individuals with PMDD to manage stress, reduce tension, and promote feelings of calmness.

4. Activity scheduling: Occupational therapists can assist individuals with PMDD in developing structured activity schedules that are tailored to their energy levels and symptoms during different phases of their menstrual cycle. This helps individuals conserve energy, prioritize self-care activities, and engage in meaningful activities that contribute to their overall well-being.

5. Self-care strategies: Occupational therapists can help individuals develop self-care strategies to alleviate the physical and emotional symptoms of PMDD. This may include teaching techniques for managing pain, improving sleep hygiene, promoting healthy eating habits, and encouraging regular exercise.

6. Coping and problem-solving skills: Occupational therapists can teach individuals with PMDD effective coping and problem-solving skills for managing difficult situations associated with their condition. These skills may include cognitive-behavioral methods, communication strategies, and relaxation techniques.

7. Support groups and community resources: Occupational therapists can help individuals connect with support groups and community resources that provide additional support for managing PMDD. These networks can provide individuals with a sense of community, validation, and additional tools for coping.

Overall, occupational therapy can assist individuals with PMDD in improving their overall quality of life by managing symptoms, enhancing self-care, and developing strategies to effectively cope with this condition.

Occupational therapy assessments for premenstrual dysphoric 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 premenstrual dysphoric 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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