Occupational Therapy for Psychosis

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with psychosis. 

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 psychosis?

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 psychosis in various ways:

1. Daily Life Skills: Occupational therapists work to improve daily living skills such as self-care activities, meal planning and preparation, personal hygiene, dressing, and grooming. These skills enhance independence and help individuals with psychosis regain control over their lives.

2. Social Skills: Psychosis often affects an individual’s ability to engage in social interactions. Occupational therapists can provide strategies and support to improve social skills, communication, and interpersonal relationships. By practicing social skills in a safe environment, individuals can gradually reintegrate into the community and experience a sense of belonging and connection.

3. Routine and Structure: Establishing a structured routine is essential to individuals with psychosis. Occupational therapists work with clients to develop daily schedules, including leisure activities, work, and study tasks. This structured approach provides predictability and stability, reducing anxiety and stress.

4. Vocational Rehabilitation: Occupational therapists assist individuals with psychosis in identifying their vocational goals and exploring suitable employment opportunities based on their abilities and interests. They provide support in resume writing, job interviews, and work-related skills to enhance employability and build confidence.

5. Cognitive Skills: Psychosis can affect cognitive functions such as attention, memory, problem-solving, and decision-making. Occupational therapists employ cognitive rehabilitation techniques to help individuals improve these abilities, enhancing their overall functioning and quality of life.

6. Coping Strategies: Occupational therapists teach individuals with psychosis coping strategies to manage stress, anxiety, and positive symptomatology. These may include relaxation techniques, stress management, mindfulness exercises, and learning effective ways to manage and redirect psychotic symptoms.

7. Environmental Adaptations: Occupational therapists assess and modify home and work environments to suit the specific needs of individuals with psychosis. They can provide recommendations such as organizing living spaces, adapting furniture, or suggesting assistive devices to promote safety, comfort, and independent living.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to empower individuals with psychosis to regain functionality, improve their overall well-being, and develop skills necessary to engage in meaningful occupations.

Occupational therapy assessments for psychosis

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. 

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with psychosis 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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