Whether it is through the joy of learning something new, empathizing with a character from your fandom, or escaping into a game when you need a break, there is nothing quite like being able to just let go and geek out. Geek therapy is all about pulling these established positive resources into the treatment process. With geek culture being so vast and varied, there is a bit of something for everyone.
Or, maybe, expressing your emotions about a situation is difficult. Most people struggle with communication in one aspect or another. Writing (including fanfic), playing RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons, and LARPing are great ways to get that out.
And we can’t forget the importance of self-care. Doing something you truly enjoy is self-care. Carving out a dedicated time to do something you really love is very important for a person’s mental health and shouldn’t be skimped on.
Therapy is not a one size fits all kind of thing. Treatments vary depending on condition, severity, outside influencing factors, and of course the personality of the person in therapy. Speaking a common language can be vital to successful therapy treatments. That is why so many therapists are learning to speak geek!
With Utah being so geek friendly, we have decided to work on providing insight on how geeking out can be helpful to your mental health. Coming up will be articles on new geek related therapy approaches and techniques, analyses of psychology references in pop culture, and reviews of helpful mental health related games, apps, and more.
By Meghan Bomberger