What Is Recreational Therapy?
At Origins, we use a wide range of activity-based interventions and techniques to improve our patients’ physical, mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual wellness. This work is key in assisting individuals as they develop life skills, knowledge, and behaviors that support healthy lives in recovery.
Areas of focus during recreational therapy groups include:
- Development of a healthy, active lifestyle
- Stress management
- Emotional processing
- Healthy coping strategies
- Learning positive community interaction and reducing isolation
- Building positive relationships
- Emotional processing
- Increased self-esteem and self-worth
- Deepening the spiritual connection through body-based activity
Through the group adventure experience, patients at Origins can challenge themselves beyond their own personal physical abilities. This experiential form of therapeutic intervention involves the creation of opportunities with peers to explore the unknown. Under the direction of highly trained recreational and wellness counselors, patients can confront their fears and build confidence.
What are the Benefits of Recreational Therapy?
Experiential therapy provides positive health outcomes to people of all ages and backgrounds. Some of the most common disorders and symptoms that can benefit from experiential therapy are anxiety, depression, chronic pain, trauma and PTSD, and attention deficit disorders.
Experiential therapy groups focus on the following areas:
- Managing stress
- Developing a healthy, active lifestyle
- Improving body image
- Processing of emotions
- Strategies for healthy coping
- Creating a positive community
- A greater sense of self-worth and self-esteem
- Relationship building
What makes experiential therapies different from more traditional ones?
In experiential therapy, health is defined as more than the absence of illness and encompasses physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. Our goal is to help each patient live an abundant life filled with meaning, purpose, and wellness. One of the unique features of experiential therapy is that it involves the body in the therapeutic process. By working within the limits of the patient’s physical abilities, we help each patient connect mindfully with themselves, and teamwork can be incorporated into the therapy process in a meaningful and relevant way. Our Wellness Coordinators incorporate active, healthy living into treatment to enhance independence, health, and success at all levels.
Our Recreational Therapy Programs
Our recreational therapists and wellness coordinators use a range of groups and activities, including:
- High-adventure and outdoor pursuits
- Cooperative games
- Trust activities
- Problem-solving initiatives
Recreational therapy activities broaden the range of interventions we offer our patients on the path to wellness. The purpose of recreational therapy is to promote teamwork, trust, cooperation, communication skills, and personal growth. They challenge patients to step outside their comfort zone with support from their peers while working to identify and change behaviors.
If you’re looking for “recreational therapy near me,” fill out our contact form or call us at 561-841-1296.