Express Your Story
A Therapy Tool
Inspire Expression, Reflection and Growth.
Express Yourself Using Images, Art and Words.
Express Your Story Group Therapy kit serving 10.
Why Express Your Story?
Why should we attempt to express or understand our feelings? Isn't it easier to tuck the pain away and move on?
Unfortunately, the impact of painful or traumatic experiences don't just go away. Unresolved pain, past traumas and old ways of coping and thinking can negatively influence our choices, relationships and quality of life.
Identifying and expressing pain can be a freeing, cathartic expereince. Exploring your beliefs and feelings can help you to feel more in control of your life. The more aware you are of your feelings and thoughts, the greater potential you will have to heal and move forward.
Express Your Story was designed to inspire and facilitate the process of self-discovery with the ulitimate goal of self-growth. With the help of a compassionate, non-judgemental therapist, clients can feel validated and learn new ways of coping.
With Express Your Story, creative representations are truly endless and unique to each person. There are countless ways that one can represent thier childhood, family, marriage, relationships, goals, traumatic experiences, or wishes/desires using images, words and fantasy symbols.
Express Your Story was designed by Lesli Mitchell, LCSW and can be used as a tool for individual, family or group therapy for ages 12+.
Draw and color on dry erase figurines and shapes to tell your unique story.
Place dry erase figures and themed squares in various locations on the board to tell your story.
Use fantasy figurines, I feel statements and containment pieces (fence & jail) for additional depth, expression and boundary setting.
How does it help?
Verbal and Non-Verbal Expression
Providing a platform for non-verbal expression enables clients of varying developmental, cognitive and language abilites to express themselves.
Processing feelings and thoughts non-verbally allows clients to tap into unconscious material and right brain sensory experiences that may be associated with trauma.
Clients can externalize pain so it can be objectively observed and reframed.
Creating art while exploring painful material is more tolerable because making art is soothing.
Processing experiences with visual platform can help w/ insight into faulty beliefs.
Creating art is not a linear process, it is a gradual process that enables a client to go at thier own pace.
Touching and moving the pieces is a sensory experience that can help one feel grounded/present in thier bodies.
Interacting with interesting, validating imagery can maintain motivation and engagement in therapy process.
Fantasy figurines can be used to express feelings or wishes that might otherwise feel too difficult or taboo to discuss.
Using metaphor to process traumatic feelings/memories can feel safer and less vulnerable.