One thing I speak about with a lot of parents is how to properly navigate game time as part of a balanced lifestyle. Often parents have concerns over screen time and some of the problematic elements of online engagement – and these concerns can be valid. But there is a difficulty which arises – whatContinue reading “Gaming without a screen; a year of storytelling games”
So recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Megan Pusey, (@scienceninjagal) for a piece in Particle – the science news blog run by Scitech – Perth’s interactive science education musem. I am absolutely giddy with the idea of being interviewed by Scitech. I remember looking forward to the Scitech excursion every year atContinue reading “Interview with Particle? Wow!”
As a counsellor who’s worked with trauma in the past, I’m always on the lookout for ways to make my sessions safer for the mental health and wellbeing of my clients. I strive to continue to learn and grow to develop my skills and understanding. Thats a personal commitment that I am always looking forContinue reading “Trauma informed roleplaying games”
So I did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit last week. A public interview on social media! And it was so amazingly received, I had an amazing time asking some incredibly thought provoking questions. Here’s one of my favourites! This was a BRILLIANT question. These are high fantasy stories we tell in the Roll forContinue reading “Battles in Roll for Growth”
Many young people are enjoying roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons. Many who access Roll for Growth are autistic, and sometimes may need a little extra support with elements of the game. Filling out a whole character sheet can be a daunting process! Understanding that this may be a sensitive topic for some, I’ve madeContinue reading “Supporting reading and writing difficulties in Roll for Growth”
Why use nerd therapy? It seems like a weird idea on the surface. But with the Marvel films and Star Wars movies being popular as ever and gaming no longer a niche thing for oddballs. My passion for nerdy approaches to therapy begins with the understanding that for every person, we need a different approachContinue reading “Why nerd therapy? Or how I stopped worrying about looking like a professional”
I run Minecraft Therapy! An awesome way to work using a fan’ favourite game, Minecraft! Affectionately referred to as “Lego but on a computer”, Minecraft is a game with a massive amount of creative potential! Check it out here at Pop Culture Competence! So why not use it in therapy? Kids can build confidence byContinue reading “Mine-fulness and Minecraft Therapy”
During a session last week, one of my participants mentioned how much he enjoys this style of counselling. “This is really fun, and I like being able to tell my story.” Not only that, the group are fully engaged through the whole session. That’s why I’m so passionate about this form of therapy: for them,Continue reading “Roll for Growth, Social Skills & Social Anxiety”
I’m Mike. A mental health counsellor, and entirely unrepentant nerd. These aren’t exclusive ideas. For ages I thought they were. I thought I’d crossed the line by having a Pokemon as my practice mascot. But for anyone who understands the significance of Sylveon, or has watched my video on the topic, you’ll know exactly whatContinue reading “Re-imagining”
Tw/cw – invalidation, trauma, gaslighting. Please be mindful before continuing. Today I’d like to take a moment to talk about invalidation. To everyone who has ever heard, or said, “its all in your head”, I offer this: Your whole life happens there. Our experiences shape the way we see and interact with the world. WhatContinue reading “Invalidation and trauma”
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