Gaming Approaches Towards Education, LLC (GATE) started as a conversation at a kitchen table between two doctorate-level counselors and a game designer. Timothy, Brian, and Moses talked about how we could use role-playing games in therapy and what boardgames mechanics could aid them in their therapeutic process. This talk led to a weekly meeting about starting a therapeutic practice that would use these ideas and theories. Finally, 2018 Gate was officially formed and open for business, beginning in a small office in Perth Amboy, NJ.
The idea was to help children, adolescents, and families by supplying mental health services in a fun and easily understood way. Along the way, we found that our mixture of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and Autplay Therapy techniques is also appealing to adults.
GATE’s focus is not solely on therapeutic gaming, as your wellness is our core focus. If more traditional therapy is needed or more suited, then that is the approach we will take. We talk with you during our intake process and figure out what is best for you and your wellness. For some, talk therapy supplies the catharsis they are seeking. For others, gaming therapy can create positive change as well. To do so, GATE works with you to assess what therapeutic strategies and games could fit with you or your family’s goals.
We run Individual, Social Skills Groups and Therapeutic Roleplaying Groups. We hand-pick games that promote positive social relationships build our ability to communicate and develop emotional wellness and personal growth. We use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy techniques to help children, adolescents, families, and adults.
Therapeutic Role-Playing Groups
Our Therapeutic Role-Playing Groups allow you to identify your own feelings surrounding a given situation. While simultaneously learning empathy, problem-solving, critical thinking, and more.
Parent Support Groups
A group therapy specifically for parents, this psychological service provides a space where you can receive encouragement from other parents who understand what you’re going through. Our therapists will guide the group to discuss coping strategies, new parenting ideas, and parenting stories.
Board Game Therapy
A mix of cognitive-behavioral therapy and play therapy, this type of mental health therapy is skills-focused. Our counselors will help you learn a specific set of skills that you will apply during a board game setting. This will allow you to practice these new skills so you can use them in everyday life.
Autism Play Therapy
Autism play therapy provides a safe space for children with Autism to grow in skill and mental health. Our therapists will help your child increase their emotional regulation ability and concentration. Through play, your child will grow in the areas of parent/child relationship, social skills, relationship development, and sensory processing.
Timothy Grant has worked as a manager since 2005 in several businesses. While in management, he started working on designing tabletop board games and role-playing games. Shortly after that, he began consulting with Dr. Quinones about games, their mechanics, and how to use them in therapy. Timothy is one of the co-designers of Venture Village, a game to be published by 9th Level games. It is a game to be used in therapy, school, and at home, and it will be coming to Kickstarter later this year. Timothy helps run groups in a two-facilitator model with a licensed professional, using games as a tool for therapeutic change. In addition, Timothy is currently working on becoming a Mental Health Technician. To help him understand how to create better therapeutic games and train others to use them as tools for therapeutic and personal growth.
Brian Carl Quinones, EdD
Brian Carl Quinones, EdD, is a licensed professional counselor who received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology and Argosy University. He uses an integrative gameplay approach to help individuals find healthier ways to think, feel, and behave in their daily life. Outside of the office, Brian is an advisory board member for the Unpub network. He is currently working on tabletop RPG Venture Village with 9th Level games. Also, he supervises the use of roleplaying games as a therapeutic tool for other professionals. Dr. Quinones cares about the communities he helps and continues to take additional pieces of training to aid in personal and professional growth. In addition to practicing at Gaming Approaches Towards Education, LLC, he continues to work on his psychology license, specializes in Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, and is a member of the Association for Play Therapy, a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and certified Autplay practitioner.
Moses L. James III, EdD
Moses L. James III, EdD, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and permit holder in Psychology in the state of NJ. His approach to psychotherapy incorporates the mental, emotional, and physical self. He is a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CCBT). Moses takes an educational approach to psychotherapy and engages each person as a unique individual, worthy of unconditional acceptance, regardless of your personal circumstances or struggles.
Karen Law, BCBA, M.Ed
Karen Law, BCBA, M.Ed, has worked with the autism community in a wide range of roles: researcher, job coach, teacher, behavior therapist, and behavior analyst. Her interest in the field began when her brother was diagnosed with autism. She has experienced navigating the unique therapeutic needs of different lifespan stages in her professional and personal life. She studied Genetics and Psychology in college, to better understand the interaction of nature and nurture in the development of autism. In her graduate studies, she became certified in teaching and behavior analysis. Currently, she is working as a therapist for GATE, interested in the application of gaming to address the intersection of counseling and ABA needs for the autism population.
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