Occupational Therapy for Trauma

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with trauma. 

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 trauma?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with trauma in several ways:

1. Promotes emotional regulation: Occupational therapists work with individuals to help them develop and enhance emotional regulation skills. Trauma can often lead to difficulties in managing and expressing emotions. Occupational therapy interventions such as deep pressure techniques, sensory integration therapy, and mindfulness activities can help individuals with trauma learn effective ways to regulate their emotions.

2. Restores functional abilities: Traumatic events can impact an individual’s ability to perform everyday activities and tasks. Occupational therapists focus on restoring and improving the person’s functional abilities, such as self-care tasks (dressing, grooming, feeding), home management skills, and work-related tasks. By addressing these areas, occupational therapy helps individuals regain independence and improve their overall quality of life.

3. Addresses sensory processing difficulties: Trauma can disrupt an individual’s sensory processing, leading to hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to certain sensations. Occupational therapists can provide sensory integration therapy to address these sensory processing difficulties. Using gentle, structured activities, therapists help individuals regulate their responses to sensory input, which can reduce anxiety, improve attention, and promote overall relaxation.

4. Enhances coping skills: Occupational therapy focuses on developing coping strategies to manage emotional and physical responses related to trauma. Therapists work with individuals to identify triggers, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and practice stress reduction techniques. These strategies can empower individuals to better manage their reactions to trauma-related triggers.

5. Engages in meaningful activities and routines: Engaging in meaningful activities and routines plays a crucial role in healing from trauma. Occupational therapists assist individuals in identifying meaningful activities that promote self-expression, purpose, relaxation, and a sense of accomplishment. By gradually reintegrating these activities into their lives, individuals with trauma can regain a sense of control, joy, and purpose.

6. Provides a supportive therapeutic relationship: Occupational therapists provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals can explore their experiences, emotions, and challenges related to trauma. Therapists use various therapeutic techniques, including active listening, empathy, and validation, to establish a therapeutic relationship based on trust. This relationship aids the individual in the healing process and facilitates their ability to work through trauma-related issues.

Overall, occupational therapy for individuals with trauma addresses emotional regulation, restoration of function, sensory processing difficulties, coping skills development, engagement in meaningful activities, and the establishment of a therapeutic relationship – all of which contribute to improved well-being and quality of life.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with trauma. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for trauma

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 trauma 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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