There is a growing body of professionals offering group therapy that uses Dungeons and Dragons as a tool to facilitate growth in participants. These groups have included psychotherapeutic groups for people who experience social anxiety, social isolation, and even trauma; skills groups for individuals with social skills deficits and those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Learning Disabilities; and even executive coaching and organizational development groups to facilitate team building and leadership skills.
This is not necessarily revolutionary. The field of counseling has used other forms of role playing since the earliest days of therapy. Practicing skills and experiences in a controlled environment with non-threatening participants is a common way to build what we therapists call self-efficacy or confidence in ones ability to do something in the real world.
I bring over a decade of experience with Dungeons and Dragons and almost a decade of experience in mental health together in two groups – one for adolescents and one for adults.
Dungeons and Dragons and Daring to Socialize – This adolescent group provides young people who struggle with social skills together to practice new skills in a safe and fun environment through the use of imagination and play. The group takes place on Tuesday Evenings from 6:30 to 8:30. View the flier here.
Wellness and Dragons – This adult group provides those who feel isolated and those who fear being in social settings with an opportunity to face their challenges in a fun way and to develop skills to help them find outside recreational options with others. The group takes place on Thursday Evenings from 6:30 to 8:30. View the flier here.
As is standard practice with all group therapies, an individual consultation is required prior to admission into the groups. To schedule your consultation today, contact me today.