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Mental Health Occupational Therapy

Helping you with your journey towards better mental health

Experience a fulfilling, healthy life with Lifeworks Occupational Therapy’s personalised mental health recovery services. Our compassionate and experienced team is dedicated to empowering you with the knowledge, skills, and support to overcome challenges and achieve lasting wellness.

What is Mental Health Occupational Therapy?

Mental health conditions can include high levels of stress, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress or alcohol and drug dependence. Mental health occupational therapy focuses on helping individuals with mental health conditions to engage in meaningful activities and improve their daily functioning.

Occupational Therapists (OT) specialise in assessing how an individual’s mental health condition impacts on their ability to function in their everyday life. They work with clients to address the impact of mental health challenges on their ability to participate in daily life activities, such as self-care, work, leisure, and social interactions. Through evidence-based interventions and strategies, OTs empower clients to overcome barriers and achieve their personal goals, enhancing overall well-being and quality of life.

Occupational Therapists can help you better understand your mental health condition and to take an active part in your own wellness. They can also help you to develop skills to live more independently in the community – including assistance with caring for yourself and others, developing hobbies and interests, returning to work and linking in with community groups and agencies.

Our Approach

We adopt a client-centered approach to mental health recovery, focusing on each individual’s strengths and goals. Our therapists work collaboratively with clients, their families, and other healthcare professionals to develop personalized treatment plans that address the unique challenges faced by each client. We strive to create a safe, nurturing, and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore their thoughts and feelings, develop coping strategies, and build resilience.

Steps to Your Recovery


Initial Assessment

Evaluating the your needs and mental health status


Develop Care Plan

Developing a personalised plan for recovery


Implement Plan

Carry out therapy sessions and interventions


Evaluate Progress

Monitoring and adjusting the treatment plan as needed


Build Skills for Transition

Empowering you with tools and strategies for long-term success. Preparing you for life after therapy.


Ongoing Support

Providing continued assistance as needed

Specific Interventions

Our mental health recovery services encompass a range of evidence-based interventions, including:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on helping clients identify and modify negative thought patterns and behaviours, improving emotional regulation and promoting healthier ways of coping with stress and challenges.

Mindfulness-Based Techniques

We incorporate mindfulness practices to help clients develop a greater awareness of their thoughts and feelings, fostering self-compassion and resilience in the face of adversity.


We provide clients and their families with information and resources about mental health conditions and coping strategies, empowering them to make informed decisions about their care.

Motivational Interviewing

A collaborative conversation technique that helps clients identify their personal values, explore their motivation for change, and build their confidence to overcome obstacles and achieve their mental health goals.

Lifestyle and Routine Management

Our therapists help clients establish healthy routines, improve time management, and develop self-care strategies to promote overall well-being and prevent relapse.

Social Skills Training

We assist clients in developing and maintaining healthy relationships, improving communication skills, and building a supportive network.

Virtual Reality Therapy

Engage in lifelike, immersive simulations tailored to address your specific mental health challenges. Under the guidance of our skilled therapists, you’ll safely confront and manage difficult situations or emotions, develop coping strategies, and build confidence for real-life scenarios, all within a controlled and supportive virtual environment.


By participating in our mental health recovery services, you can expect to experience:

Enhanced Emotional Well-being

Improved emotional well-being and self-confidence

Strengthened Relationships

Strengthened relationships and social connections

Enhanced Coping Strategies

Enhanced ability to cope with stress and daily challenges

Increased Confidence

Greater understanding of your mental health condition and treatment options to move forward

Greater Independence

A personalised roadmap to achieve and maintain lasting mental health recovery

Our Therapeutic Environments & Activities

Frequently Asked Questions

What mental health/psychiatric conditions does this service support?

Lifeworks OT provides occupational therapy services for a wide range of common mental health and psychiatric conditions, including:

  • Anxiety disorders: such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Depressive disorders: such as Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, and Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Bipolar disorder: characterized by episodes of mania and depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): a condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): characterized by a pattern of unstable relationships, self-image, and emotions
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Eating disorders: such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Schizophrenia and psychosis

Our occupational therapists use evidence-based techniques and interventions tailored to the specific needs of each individual, working closely with other mental health professionals to provide comprehensive and effective care. Our goal is to empower individuals to live their best life possible, despite the challenges of mental health conditions, by supporting them in their daily living activities, building their self-esteem and confidence, improving their social skills and relationships, increasing their participation in meaningful activities, and helping them return to work or school.

If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health condition and would like to learn more about how occupational therapy can help, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We are here to support you in your journey towards recovery and improved well-being.

Who is suitable for this service?

A person may be suitable for LifeWorks Occupational Therapy’s Mental Health Recovery service if they experience any of the following:

  • Difficulty functioning within their work, home, social or recreational environments
  • Lack of motivation in managing their self-care, or doing their usual daily activities
  • Difficulty coping at work or home
  • Poor sleep
  • Withdrawal from friends and family or preferring to be alone
  • Disorganisation
  • Loss of role (e.g. worker, partner, caregiver)
  • Feelings of failure, inadequacy or loneliness
  • Increased use of substances to cope (e.g. alcohol)
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Lack of meaning or purpose in life
  • Lack of self-confidence or poor self esteem
  • Struggling with relationships
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Unemployment or difficulty finding work
  • Struggling to negotiate the health care or welfare systems

I am already seeing a psychologist. Will I still benefit from mental health occupational therapy?


Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and other health professionals often work together to assist people to achieve their goals. These therapies complement each other to ensure that you achieve the best recovery outcomes.

Psychologists provide therapies designed to change the way someone is thinking – or how they respond to their own thoughts.

Occupational Therapists provide therapies designed to change the way someone is functioning. We are concerned with how a person’s mental health condition is affecting what they can do, and we help them develop skills or change their environment to improve function.

Do I need a referral?

You don’t need a referral from a health professional to access our services. You can simply call and make an appointment, or book online.

If you wish to claim a medicare rebate under Better Access to Mental Health or under Chronic Disease Management you will need a referral. We can often help you to identify your eligibility for Medicare rebates or even contact your GP to help you arrange for a referral

When a referral is received from another health professional, like your GP, we will contact you by phone. This provides an opportunity to answer any questions you might have and to schedule an initial appointment. This initial appointment can be held at our clinics or an occupational therapist conducting a home visit (see “Tell me more about home visiting”). The initial appointment involves an interview and any other assessments needed to give us an understanding of your current circumstances and concerns. At the second appointment we will work with you to set treatment goals and create a treatment plan and then begin treatment. This may include regular appointments and homework tasks.

Your progress is regularly reviewed in consultation with you, and treatment continues until your goals are achieved or treatment is ended by either you or your therapist.

LifeWorks Occupational Therapy services are delivered in a professional, confidential and collaborative way. Clients are involved in every aspect of the treatment process, including identifying goals and formulating their individual treatment plans.

Tell me more about home visiting

Occupational Therapists understand that your environment has a significant impact on your ability to perform tasks. Life skills can’t always be fully developed away from the places in which we live and the situations we experience in our home, our workplace and our community.

At times, modifying your home or work environment will be a part of the treatment process. With this is mind, it is important to include these environments during all aspects of treatment, including during the initial assessment and during any subsequent interventions and therapies. Home visiting also makes it very easy for you to attend appointments and allows therapies to be delivered in a space where you feel at home.Clinic rooms, work-sites, schools, and other community-based venues may also be used where appropriate.

Still Have Questions?

If you can’t find an answer to your question in the FAQ’s above, you can always contact us and we’ll respond asap.

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