Recreational Therapy is a systematic process that uses recreation and other activity-based interventions to identify and address the needs of individuals with mental health illness or behavioral problems.
Recreational Therapists are typically found in in-patient settings and form part of the treatment team to provide targeted therapies.
Cedar Oaks Clinic is excited to be able to offer the services of Maddie Miller who is a Licensed Recreational Therapist/Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist who has worked with adolescents in the only state run Residential Psychiatric Treatment Facility where she ran trauma informed groups in areas such as life skills, stress, and frustration management, social skills, as well as teaching the adolescents how to cope effectively in a positive manner rather than engaging in maladaptive behaviors.
Maddie works with the entire treatment team to create interventions and help both adults and adolescents to be able to cope better with their personal situation. This can be done through modalities such art, collages, everyday activities that have a therapeutic twist to teach frustration management, self-esteem, anger management, self-confidence, and overall regaining a sense of purpose of one’s life.
Maddie works with individuals and families and will identify individual needs, develop strategies and offer tools to address those needs.
Why should I see a Recreational Therapist instead of a Counselor?
- A Recreational Therapist applies a different approach to assess and address your Mental Health and Behavioral issues.
- By using an activity-based approach they provide an alternative to a purely talk-based approach.
- This can be extremely successful for certain patients including children or adults who may be reluctant or nervous in a purely talk-based setting.
- Maddie includes her service dog, Joan, to create a relaxed and engaging environment in which she can identify and address individual needs.