Recreational therapy

Recreational therapy uses recreational experiences and activities as treatment interventions to improve functional skills and promote independence in physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning. Licensed Recreational Therapists (LRT) work with a patient’s existing skills and interests, and help them develop new skills for daily living and community functioning.

How can recreational therapists help?

Patients work on personal goals through Recreational Therapy groups, one to one interventions, experiential activities and/or community re-entry sessions to help achieve the following individualized outcomes:

  • Improved coping skills
  • Improved motivation
  • Improved self-esteem and self confidence
  • Improved mood
  • Improved cognitive functioning
  • Improved community functioning
  • Improved problem solving skills to overcome barriers
  • Improved physical health
  • Improved social skills
  • Identification of drug free leisure alternatives
  • Improved overall wellness and quality of life

What do recreational therapists do?

In Behavioral Health at Vidant Medical Center, recreational therapists provide interventions in groups or individual therapy, such as:

  • Coping skills
  • Stress management
  • HeartMath interventions/emotion regulation
  • Quick fix yoga techniques
  • Exercise, range of motion stretches
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Diaphragmatic and calm breathing
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Imagery and visual relaxation
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing techniques
  • Anger management
  • Communication/assertiveness training
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Leisure skill development and education
  • Discharge planning
  • Pain management
  • Reality orientation
  • Wellness