Occupational Therapy for Psychosocial Disabilities

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

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 psychosocial disabilities?

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 psychosocial disabilities in several ways:

1. Promoting daily living skills: Occupational therapists work with individuals to improve their ability to perform daily activities such as self-care, meal preparation, and household tasks. These skills can enhance independence and confidence, leading to improved overall well-being.

2. Enhancing social skills: Occupational therapists help individuals develop and improve social skills, such as effective communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and teamwork. These skills can help individuals engage more effectively in social relationships and interactions.

3. Addressing emotional regulation: Occupational therapists assist individuals in managing and regulating their emotions effectively. They may teach coping strategies, stress management techniques, and relaxation exercises to help individuals deal with emotional challenges and improve overall emotional well-being.

4. Building vocational skills: Occupational therapists help individuals with psychosocial disabilities in developing vocational skills and employment readiness. They provide support and guidance in areas such as job searching, resume building, interview preparation, and workplace accommodation. This can facilitate successful employment and integration into the workforce.

5. Facilitating community reintegration: Occupational therapists assist individuals with psychosocial disabilities in reintegrating into their communities and participating in meaningful activities. This can involve engaging in hobbies, joining community groups or clubs, volunteering, and accessing recreational facilities and resources.

6. Providing individualized support: Occupational therapy is a client-centered approach and focuses on the unique needs and goals of each individual. Occupational therapists work collaboratively with individuals, families, and other healthcare professionals to develop personalized treatment plans that address specific psychosocial challenges.

Overall, occupational therapy can play a crucial role in supporting individuals with psychosocial disabilities by enhancing their skills, promoting social engagement, improving emotional well-being, facilitating employment, and promoting community integration.

Occupational therapy assessments for psychosocial disabilities

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 psychosocial disabilities 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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