Occupational Therapy for Schizophrenia

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

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 schizophrenia?

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 schizophrenia in multiple ways:

1. Daily living skills training: Occupational therapists can help individuals develop or improve skills needed for daily activities such as dressing, hygiene, cooking, and managing finances. Enhancing these skills can enhance independence and improve functioning in everyday life.

2. Social skills training: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in developing social skills and improving their ability to build and maintain relationships. This can include interpersonal communication, assertiveness training, and teaching appropriate social behaviors.

3. Work and vocational training: Occupational therapists can help individuals with schizophrenia explore their strengths, interests, and abilities related to vocational pursuits. They can assist with job seeking, resume building, interview skills, and on-the-job accommodations.

4. Cognitive skills development: Cognitive impairments are common in schizophrenia, and occupational therapists can provide interventions to address these deficits. They may use cognitive remediation techniques to improve attention, memory, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities.

5. Stress and anxiety management: Occupational therapists can teach relaxation techniques, coping strategies, and stress management skills to individuals with schizophrenia. These techniques help manage anxiety and promote emotional well-being.

6. Leisure and recreational activities: Occupational therapists can introduce individuals to hobbies and recreational activities that support relaxation, creativity, and social engagement. Engagement in meaningful activities can enhance self-esteem and overall quality of life.

7. Environmental modifications: Occupational therapists can assess the individual’s living and working environments and recommend modifications as needed. These modifications may include creating structure, organizing tasks, or making adaptations to support independent functioning.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to improve the individual’s overall functioning, independence, and quality of life by enabling them to engage in meaningful activities, enhance social interactions, manage symptoms, and develop essential skills.

Occupational therapy assessments for schizophrenia

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 schizophrenia 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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