What is Active Therapy?
Active Therapy is for pre-teens and teenagers who would benefit from therapy in a more active, sporty environment rather than a formal office setting. Active Therapy combines movement-based activities such as shooting hoops, playing ping-pong, and working on art projects with talk therapy. Traditional talk therapy can sometimes feel awkward and intimidating for t(w)eens. By shifting the focus from a more structured, face-to-face environment to a fun and energetic activity, kids have more success in therapy.
Research has consistently shown that physical movement can significantly decrease anxiety and depression while improving overall mood. Physical movement spurs creative, deeper ways of thinking and helps children and teens to confront difficult issues in a far less threatening environment. At True Mind + Body, we have found that incorporating fun movement activities into our sessions enriches the counseling experience. When children and teens are active and engaged, they are more open to new ideas and their brains work in a different, more effective manner.
Who could benefit from Active Therapy?
Boys and girls who...
- Experience a variety of issues ranging from self regulation challenges, ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions such as moving to middle school or high school, family divorce, low self-esteem, and/or social skill deficiencies.
- Are intimidated by the traditional talk therapy environment and face-to-face interactions.
- Are sporty, active or artistic and would benefit from movement-based therapy
- Would benefit from a jump-start into a more active lifestyle
Benefits of Active Therapy:
- Increases energy and allows children and teens to feel less inhibited and more in touch with their feelings
- Promotes clearer thought processes and open-minded brainstorming abilities
- Increases confidence and feelings of empowerment and mastery
- Increases physical and cardiovascular health
- Decreases depression and anxiety symptoms
- Reinforces the use of movement as a healthy coping mechanism