D&D Therapy Group

Online D&D Therapy Group for Adults!

Join a 12 week Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) therapy campaign for adults with anxiety and depression.

Group therapy is intimidating to most. Let’s start with something intriguing and fun to you: D&D!

Common ways D&D Therapy supports folks:

  • Increase confidence
  • Practice assertive and kind communication
  • Set better boundaries
  • Build empathy and deepen understanding
  • Explore sense of self and meaning making
  • Develop creative coping skills

Upcoming Group Info:

  • Fall group, dates TBD, 2024
  • Tuesdays 11am-1pm
  • For Texas adult residents only
  • Online via video call + Roll20
  • Cost: $60 per 2 hour group; private pay only

Your game counselor:

Picture of game counselor Julia Stamman for the D&D therapy group
Julia Stamman, LPC (she/her)

Please email me at julia@juliastamman.com to inquire about a pre-group consultation or use the contact form below:

Question and Answer

How is a D&D Therapy Group different from a normal D&D campaign?

-Confidentiality applies! This means you will not know the other players outside of group sessions, and will not be able to disclose what happens within the group to others.

-The game counselor Julia has created a campaign specific to anxiety and depression.

-Julia will help guide you to be intentional about character creation pertaining to your growth journey.

-We will reflect on themes and character-player parallels during reflection portions at the end of each group.

-Careful consideration is given to put a frame around the gameplay, taking time to de-role. Additionally, extra emphasis is given to safety tools regarding game content.

Do I have to already know how to play D&D?

-Nope! I will use information gained during pre-group interviews with folks interested in joining to try to balance experience levels within the group.

-If you’re the type that likes to prepare beforehand, here are some resources to get you started:

How to Plan your Characters Future

Character Creation for Beginners video series by wasd20

How to play D&D video series by wasd20

The Player’s Handbook for D&D 5th Edition

-However, remember no experience is needed! We will walk through character creation and how to play together.

What edition of D&D will we be playing?

-We will be playing D&D 5th edition.

-It is up to your game counselor’s discretion to fudge rules and rolls depending on what is best for the group and individuals in the group.

What does a D&D Therapy Group actually look like?

We meet online through video call and Roll20 2 hours for 12 weeks. We’ll take about 15 minutes to check in, do a mindfulness transition into character, and then spend the majority of time in gameplay. We’ll then transition out of character leaving about 30 minutes to debrief out of character how that session went.

Julia will act as both your GM (game master) and counselor, and will be there to help facilitate character creation, gameplay, and draw out the themes that connect us. Julia will also help manage conflict resolution and aim to cultivate an emotionally safe space for all.

Pre-Group Consultation

Schedule a free 20-minute online consultation with Julia to learn more. The consult is an opportunity to meet, learn more about the group, and ask any questions you have. The pre-group consultation is not a commitment to join the group.

How do I actually grow from playing in a D&D Therapy Group?

-Check out details here about the inherent benefits of playing tabletop role play games like D&D.

-We will take time to reflect on parallels between group dynamics, moral decisions, values, goals, characteristics, and conflicts.

-The caveat is always that you get what you put into the campaign. So I challenge you to focus on how you can translate all knowledge and skills from gameplay to your personal life. We will check in about this each session too!

Have more questions?

Please send me an email: Julia@juliastamman.com

Julia Staman, LPC, IPT-CST

Heart of the Realm, PLLC