TULSA, Okla. — A non-profit recreational therapy practice called “Together Just” is revolutionizing mental health resources for children in Oklahoma.
Recreational Therapist and Founder Lilli Higgins explains unlike more-traditional talk therapy, her office takes an activity a child or teen is interested in like slime, a board game, or a walk outside and uses it as an avenue to help with ADHD, anxiety or depression.
Stressing that mental health resources for children in Oklahoma are few and far between, she says her recreational therapy private practice is the first in Oklahoma and she’s also the first recreational therapist to offer services in the state in a school setting.
Mother of three Sunita Goodson brought two of her three children to see Higgins after the sudden death of their dad a few years ago. She says talk-therapy wouldn’t have worked for her kids based on their personalities, trauma and age, but this approach has been transformative.
Higgins has a full caseload of roughly 25 patients a week and mostly focuses on younger people. Right now, her office only has one other therapist, but she says her approach is getting a lot of positive attention.
An approach that’s been around since the 1800s, but is only just starting to blossom in our community. Higgins is working dramatically to expand her services in the coming years.
‘Together Just’ functions as a non-profit and survives off grants, donors and fundraising to avoid high costs for families. There’s a yoga class fundraiser Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. to raise money for the facility.
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