Let's Roll Play: D&D in Therapy

Tabletop role-playing games (TTRPGs) are an increasingly popular modality of therapy, especially among adolescents and young adults. One popular TTRPG is Dungeons and Dragons, a fantastical adventuring game that can address themes of connections, confidence, and self-exploration. In this episode, Julia Stamman shares her experiences as a Game Counselor facilitating virtual D&D therapy groups and provides some tips and tools for counselor who may be interested in running their own therapeutic campaigns. 

Let's Roll Play: D&D in Therapy

Episode

Tabletop role-playing games (TTRPGs) are an increasingly popular modality of therapy, especially among adolescents and young adults. One popular TTRPG is Dungeons and Dragons, a fantastical adventuring game that can address themes of connection, confidence, and self-exploration. In this episode, Julia Stamman shares her experiences as a Game Counselor facilitating virtual D&D therapy groups and provides some tips and tools for counselors who may be interested in running their own therapeutic campaigns.

Guest

Julia Stamman (she/her) is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX. She is the owner of Heart of the Realm, a private practice that specializes in working with adults who self-identify as geeks, gamers, and misfits. Julia has been running D&D therapy groups focused on anxiety and depression online since 2020. She has spoken at conventions such as PAX South and SXSW about D&D Therapy and its benefits. Julia is currently running intensive training groups for other mental health professionals who would like to run their own D&D Therapy Groups. 

Resources

https://juliastamman.com/

https://geektherapeutics.com/

https://geektherapy.org/

https://gametogrow.org/

Transcript

https://otter.ai/u/pDm9Z_1re5dcURd9IbMkYJRk8a0?utm_source=copy_url

Citation

White, M. (Producer). (2023 May 19). Let’s Roll Play: Utilizing Dungeons & Dragons in Thearpy [Audio Podcast]. The Thoughtful Counselor. Retrieved from https://concept.paloaltou.edu/resources/the-thoughtful-counselor-podcast/lets-roll-play-dd-in-therapy

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