The Rise of the Use of TTRPGs and RPGs in Therapeutic Endeavors


  • Anthony Bean Department of Psychology & Philosophy, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA, USA
  • Megan Connell Clinical Department, Health Quest: Innovative Therapeutics, Charlotte, NC



Dungeons and Dragons, TTRPGs, D&D in Therapy, Therapeutic Game Master, RPGs, RPGs in Therapy, TTRPGs in Therapy


Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is a popular fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) that has been enjoyed by millions of players since its creation in the 1970s. The game is played by a group of players, each of whom takes on the role of a character in a fantasy world. The players work together to complete quests, overcome obstacles, and defeat monsters while a "Dungeon Master" (DM) manages the story and controls the non-player characters (NPCs). In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in using D&D and other tabletop RPGs as a form of mental health therapy. This is because the game can provide a safe and supportive environment for players to explore and express their emotions, work on personal issues, and build social skills. Tabletop RPGs can help foster personal growth in several ways: Problem-solving, Decision-Making, Emotional Intelligence, Communication, Creativity, Self-Esteem, and even Confidence. Mental health professionals have begun incorporating Tabletop RPGs into their sessions as a way to engage their clients in a fun and interactive way and it should be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment.


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How to Cite

Bean, A. ., & Connell, M. . (2023). The Rise of the Use of TTRPGs and RPGs in Therapeutic Endeavors. Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy Research, 10, 1–12.