Few things are more fun than diversional therapy when it comes to alternative mental health treatment options. With a focus on leisurely and recreational experiences, the goal of diversional therapy is to enhance your overall physical health and mental wellness at the same time, according to Diversional Therapy Australia. No talking, no journaling, no exploration of your subconscious or searching for deep meaning in your experience – it’s all about letting loose and having a good time.
Does diversional therapy sound like something that makes sense to you? Are you looking to round out your comprehensive mental health care program with alternative therapies? Contact us today to find a treatment program that can give you access to a wide range of therapeutic treatment options.
*Physical Benefits of Diversional Therapy
Unlike some other therapies, there are direct physical health benefits to be gained from diversional therapy, including:
- Lower heart rate and blood pressure
- Increased muscle strength, lung capacity, and bone mass
- Improved immune system
- Lower chance of developing diabetes or heart disease
What to Expect From Diversional Therapy
When you enroll in diversional therapy, do you just show up and play sports during every session? Not exactly. Specific games are played based upon what they offer to you, the patient, and how those offerings improve your symptoms. Games are also chosen based on what you like or are interested in learning. You may play games that are reminiscent of your childhood or you may learn new ones. As long as you are having a good time, improving your self-confidence, and feeling more relaxed and calm at the end of sessions, then you are benefitting from diversional therapy.
Questions to Ask Your Diversional Therapist
There is little to no regulation of the training of a diversional therapist in the United States, so it is important to ask questions of your potential therapist that will help the two of you form a solid client/therapist relationship. Consider asking:
- What is your training in psychology, leisure and diversional therapy? What is your experience in your practice?
- What can I expect to happen in each diversional therapy session?
- How can I expect the overall diversional therapy program to affect my goals for my own treatment?
- How do we assess whether or not I’ve made progress and adjust the program accordingly?
*Emotional Benefits of Diversional Therapy
The emotional and psychological benefits of diversional therapy include:
- Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
- Increased satisfaction with life
- Better leadership skills
- Increased independence and autonomy
*Case Study: Benson
Benson struggled with social anxiety and, as a result, he also experienced symptoms of depression. Diversional therapy put him in a position to play sports with other people – it caused him anxiety at first, but playing games meant that the focus was not on him specifically until it was his turn. The more he played baseball, touch football, relay races and other games, the more he became comfortable with others in the group and the less anxiety he felt about taking his own turn. Eventually, this self-confidence that he felt in the therapeutic setting translated into his everyday life and his anxiety lessened, which in turn, caused his symptoms of depression to fade as well.