Occupational Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with seasonal affective 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 seasonal affective 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 seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in the following ways:

1. Daily routine: Occupational therapists can assist individuals with creating and maintaining a structured daily routine. SAD can disrupt regular sleeping and eating patterns, so establishing a consistent routine can help regulate these activities and improve overall well-being.

2. Light therapy: Occupational therapists may recommend the use of light therapy for people with SAD. This involves using specialized lightboxes that emit bright, natural light to mimic sunlight. Therapists can educate individuals on the appropriate duration and timing of light therapy sessions to maximize the therapeutic benefits.

3. Activity and engagement: Occupational therapists can help individuals identify and engage in meaningful activities, hobbies, and routines that promote feelings of fulfillment and pleasure. This can include activities like exercise, socializing, pursuing creative outlets, or engaging in self-care practices. By incorporating enjoyable activities into daily life, individuals with SAD can experience increased motivation and improved mood.

4. Stress management: Occupational therapists can teach stress management techniques to help individuals cope with SAD symptoms and reduce stress levels. These techniques may include deep breathing exercises, mindfulness practices, relaxation techniques, and cognitive-behavioral strategies. By learning effective stress management strategies, individuals with SAD can better regulate their emotions and minimize the impact of depression symptoms.

5. Environmental adaptations: Occupational therapists can suggest environmental modifications to optimize the home or workplace environment for individuals with SAD. This may involve enhancing natural lighting, removing barriers to light, rearranging furniture for better access to light, or incorporating calming elements like plants or natural scenery. These adaptations can contribute to a more positive and supportive environment, which can positively impact mood and wellbeing.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to enhance the quality of life and functional abilities of individuals with SAD, providing them with tools, strategies, and support to manage their symptoms effectively.

Occupational therapy assessments for seasonal affective 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 seasonal affective 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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