Would You Rather?

Like a lot of games that get used for therapy, Would You Rather is probably familiar to most people. We might have tried to think of the grossest or scariest options to give our friends.

A simple question, like “Coffee or tea?” can break the ice and get this activity going. Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com

Whether with an individual or a group, Would You Rather can get clients talking and delve into important topics. It can be good to start off with questions that are not directly related to therapy, as these seem less threatening. Questions like, “Would you rather have cake or pie?” or “Would you rather get a pet cat or a pet dog?” can get kids talking. You can also give silly choices, like, “Would you rather talk like a chipmunk or a robot?” to lighten the mood.

I like to take turns and have kids ask me questions too, since this can build relationship. Sometimes they have trouble thinking of choices, so I will pull up a website like this one, this one, or this one to get the ideas going.

After the client(s) feel comfortable, I can throw in some harder questions, like, “Would you rather be constantly surrounded by people or alone all the time?” or, “Would you rather know every fact in the world or always feel happy?” Questions often spark discussion about why they made a particular choice.

If you play Would You Rather in in-person sessions, online is basically the same except you can screen share question lists. It’s so simple and builds connection effortlessly.

Published by Amy Marschall, Psy.D.

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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