Some of you have had heard of improv helping with anxiety, but aren’t sure how it works . Others have sent patients my way and seen positive results and are wondering what specifically is going on in the classes. Others may not even known improv was a therapeutic option, or even know what improv is. This is my chance to show you.
In this playshop, I’ll introduce you to improv, explain how it helps with anxiety, and have you up and playing and laughing together. We’ll play as a group, learn exercises to take outside the class, then have a Q&A session.
Not sold yet? I’m not sure your patients would be either. So let’s address some of the main hurdles to signing up.
1) Improv sounds scary.
Chances are, even if you’re not anxious, the idea of improv scares you. Imagine how your patients feel! Twelve years ago my therapist recommended I take an improv class. I hated the idea. It scared the hell out of me. But when I finally did go, it changed my life. If we can get patients through the door, improv can help:
2) Does it even work?
Obviously it worked for me, or I wouldn’t be this passionate about it. But I’ve also seen people go from being too scared to come in the front door, to performing improv on stage in front of friends and family. (My goal is not to make people good improvisers, but to take the skills learned through improv into their daily lives. I just thought it was a cool that they did that.)
Improv is a form of play therapy. It can have elements of CBT, mindfulness, positive psychology, and many other forms of therapy, as long as the process is fun. (I say fun over funny, because you’re not expected to be funny, just enjoy the moment.)
Honestly, if they take nothing away from the class other than play and laughter together, then that’s still making a huge difference in their lives.
Enough sales pitch. Here are the deets:
WHO: A bunch of fellow clinicians curious about how improv helps with anxiety.
WHAT: A 2-hour workshop, er, playshop and Q&A.
WHERE: Toronto School of Theology (U of T), 47 Queens Park East.
WHEN: Thursday, December 14th from 6-8:30pm.
WHY: If it can help (and it can), why not? Plus, it’ll be fun. Promise.
HOW MUCH: $50.
That’s it. Thanks for being open to the idea. I’m looking forward to connecting with you.