Therapeutic Recreation (TR) is a systematic recovery process, which utilizes leisure, recreation and activity based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals diagnosed with disabling conditions. Using a holistic approach that is client-centered, a Recreation Therapist helps individuals discover or rediscover their personal leisure interests, in an attempt to infuse passion and meaning into one’s life. TR aims to reduce or eliminate the barriers, which prevent individuals from engaging in activities of choice. In doing so, the doors to leisure experimentation open and an individual is granted the freedom to do what they love.
TR is an all-embracing form of therapy, meaning intervention is focused on the individual as a whole; body, mind and spirit. A primary objective of therapeutic intervention is to support autonomy and promote self-confidence in decision making and life direction. It's all about creating trust within the self leading to internal feelings of strength, resilience and empowerment.
Robyn Elizabeth is a Registered Recreation Therapist with the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) and the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA). She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher with the International Yoga Alliance. She entered Recreation Therapy after experiencing the benefits of TR first hand. In pursuing Recreation Therapy professionally, Robyn Elizabeth hopes to support others in experiencing these benefits. Her aim is to assist clients in acknowledging, appreciating and embracing their personal leisure interests leading to a more enjoyable life. Her therapeutic approach is encouraging, motivating and warm. In combining body, mind and spirit awareness with leisure counselling and leisure engagement Robyn gently initiates a conversation with her clients about their hopes and fears related to free time, coping with stress and conflicting attitudes. Through this discussion the client is able to transform the conversation into one with themselves, learning more about their needs, desires and values.