Occupational Therapy for Psychosomatic Disorders

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

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 psychosomatic disorders?

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 psychosomatic disorders in the following ways:

1. Promoting self-awareness: Occupational therapists can help individuals with psychosomatic disorders to better understand their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that contribute to their physical symptoms. By promoting self-awareness, therapists assist in breaking the cycle of symptom generation.

2. Stress reduction techniques: Occupational therapists can teach people with psychosomatic disorders various relaxation and stress reduction techniques such as deep breathing, mindfulness, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery. These techniques help individuals manage their stress levels and reduce physical symptoms.

3. Coping skills development: Individuals with psychosomatic disorders often struggle with effective coping strategies. Occupational therapists can assist in identifying and teaching more adaptive coping skills that help manage stress and emotions, reduce physical symptoms, and enhance overall well-being.

4. Activity analysis and modification: Occupational therapists can analyze an individual’s daily activities and identify specific triggers or patterns that worsen physical symptoms. They can then modify these activities or provide alternative strategies to minimize symptom exacerbation.

5. Graded exposure therapy: Occupational therapists can gradually expose individuals to activities or situations that they may have been avoiding due to their psychosomatic symptoms. Through a structured approach, individuals can build resilience and gain confidence in managing their symptoms, leading to increased participation in meaningful activities.

6. Collaborating with healthcare team: Occupational therapists work collaboratively with the individual’s healthcare team, including primary care physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other specialists, to provide holistic care. This interdisciplinary approach ensures a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to the individual’s unique needs.

7. Lifestyle modifications: Occupational therapists can help individuals make necessary lifestyle modifications, such as sleep hygiene improvements, diet changes, and incorporation of physical activity, which can positively impact their overall well-being and reduce psychosomatic symptoms.

8. Facilitating healthy habits and routines: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in establishing healthy habits and routines that promote self-care, stress management, and positive coping mechanisms. This includes structuring daily routines, promoting healthy sleep patterns, and optimizing time management skills.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to empower individuals with psychosomatic disorders by enhancing their ability to manage symptoms, improve functioning, and engage in meaningful activities to lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life.

Occupational therapy assessments for psychosomatic disorders

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 psychosomatic disorders 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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