THERAPY IDEAS AND ACTIVITIES

The various components of Express Your Story can be used all at once during a session or can be separated to focus on specific themes. For instance, a therapist might lead a session where the client only uses the figurines and "I feel statements"  to focus on boundaries and relationship issues. Or maybe the therapist have a session using only the dry erase house and printed themed squares to process a clients childhood home life.   I have found that some clients want more order or get overwhelmed quickly if there are too many pieces while others enjoy having abundant images and concepts to choose from.  Using different peices from the kit for different topics and sessions keeps the kit fresh and engaging. Understanding how your client reacts to the peices and the number of pieces also helps you assess and understand their emotional and cognitive pacing with regards to therapy. 

After each session, I ask the client permission to take a picture of their work and then print out each picture and put it in binder which can then be reflected and discussed further in therapy to assess shifts in thinking and emotional expression and growth. 

  • Clients create boards to express what is happening in thier household with color and printed images. 

  • Help client identify concerns, fears, and thoughts visually.  Look at anxiety systems and check for faulty beliefs and obsessive thoughts.                               

  • Self-portraits

  • Assess family functioning with visual, creative representation of the family and what each member is thought to be thinking. 

  • Can use kit for family therapy as well.                                               

  • Showcase family divisions and feelings through art, images and words.                                                 

  • Color-code emotions so that  cients can gain insight into their emotional states, where they show up in their body and how to cope better.                

  • Explore  angry feelings and  accompanying physical sensations in order establish behavior control, limit setting and awareness.  

  • Create visual image of  triggers in order to learn  how to identify feelings and consider alternate ways   of coping. House drawing can help client identity stressors in the home, school or work.   

  • Express feelings of grief through art, images and words. 

  • Create your trauma narrative  visually and process feelings associated with it.  Creating   imagery of your trauma  narrative is a form of   exposure therapy.                      

  • How do I want my life to look? and how can I get there?           

  • What do I want to say to certain people in my life, and what do I think they want to say to me.

  • Use fantasy figures to  allow one permission to tackle taboo topics/issues and feelings.

  • Process feelings/ thoughts  about boundaries/                 containment/punishment with  magnetic jail and fence.