Individual Leisure Counselling
Leisure is defined as, “the opportunity afforded by free time to do something”. The activities we choose to engage in during our unobligated time is leisure. Our health and happiness can be influenced greatly by these pursuits and this influence can be positive or negative depending on which activities an individual participates in. Therefore, leisure engagement has the potential to increase an individual’s quality of life but it also has the ability to create issues.
During leisure counselling a recreation therapist strives to help the client discover or rediscover their leisure identity. Positive leisure interests, attitudes and behaviours are embraced through meaningful discussion, introspection exercises, functional intervention and recreation experimentation. The client will have the opportunity to consider and explore leisure activities that positively contribute to their well-being, generating an appreciation for what it means to cope with stressors in a constructive, healthy way. The client will be supported through a journey of self-discovery involving leisure education, recreation experimentation, community involvement and reflection exercises. Leisure counselling seeks to help the client understand how their leisure pursuits can enhance their well-being. The client is then equipped with the skills/tools necessary to make leisure choices that promote personal growth and betterment.
If leisure counselling with a registered recreation therapist sounds like something that you or your loved one may benefit from, please contact Robyn Phillips (RecT) to set up a free initial consultation in person or by phone. From there, Robyn, the client and their support system will work together to develop a care plan that is tailored to the individual’s needs. Length of sessions and duration of intervention varies on a case by case basis.
Sessional Therapeutic Recreation Program
- Assessment and Leisure Education
- Functional Intervention
- Recreation Participation
- Systematic Community Integration
- Regular Follow-up