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Therapeutic Tabletop Role Playing Groups by Bodhana

Updated: Mar 11, 2022

A tabletop role playing game (RPG) is a form of game in which the participants describe their characters' actions through speech. Players are invited into in a world, complete with rules, characters, animals, and entities designed to challenge the group and broaden their perspective. This world can be set in any time or place in or out of history. Your character may be a knight embarking on a quest for the King; a 1920's era paranormal investigator in Boston; a teen trying to survive in a dystopian future; a dog. You can literally play a dog in the game Pugmire from Onyx Path Publishing. This world always has a guide, known as the Game Master, that presents challenges, drives the story forward, and acts as a mediator in the game. Our therapists act as these guides, constructing challenges and building a story designed to incorporate the current concerns and needs of the players in a way that will help them grow as people. ​The Bodhana Group offers this form of narrative play to help treat behavioral and mental health issues in children, teens, and adults in the form of group play therapy. Due to the completely customizable and creative flow of role playing games, most areas of improvement can be addressed through our method of targeted storytelling. Through cooperative collaboration in a safe and therapeutic environment, you are able to explore new methods of emotional management without judgment or “real life” consequences. This method allows you to grow and change in ways you may not have tried before, opening up new opportunities for personal growth. Add a little adventure to your self-care routine and see where the journey takes you!

  • Group sessions are 2 hours, once per week.

  • Groups begin once there are at least 3 compatible participants and are scheduled based on the needs of the group and facilitators.

  • For those with more intense issues, we provide closed groups where the participants are very carefully selected for compatibility.

  • Please contact us for more information or to begin our intake process at

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