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It's All Connected

Understanding the Connection

This art directive or intervention will allow clients to explore what may be hiding or "driving" their behavior or emotion. The directions below will take you through the basics of this activity.

Blank Paper
Colorful Pens


White paper

2D writing material

  • Marker

  • Pen

  • Pencil

  • Colored Pencils

1. Identify emotion or behavior to start with.

   ex. Anxiety or Avoidance

2. On a blank piece of paper, ask client to draw what the identified emotion/ behavior would

    look like as a shape in the center of the page.

3. Ask client what material the shape is made out of, if it could be three dimensional.

4. Fold paper over shape, as if you can open the paper like a door.

5. Ask client if they could travel into, clear away, safely walk into, etc. the substance identified

   in 3, what would they find.

   ** The art of the transition into the other object/sensation is important, please discuss in therapeutic consultation.

5. Ask client to draw the shape, item, material they found within on the paper that was just

   folded. The new image will be placed on top of the fold, so when opened you see the

   original image.

6. Repeat steps 3 - 5 until the client has depicted four to 5 items.

7. Start processing the items from most recent back to the original image with creative

   narrative dialogue, listed below:

          If this ___ could say something, what would it say?

          If this ___ could think something, what would it think?

          What does ____ want?

          What does ____ need to get this want met?

          What is ____ scared/worried about?

8. Thank the image for sharing, ask if anything else needs to be shared, then open the fold

   and transition to the next item. Repeat this process until completion.

9. Discuss with client themes and patterns noticed through this process.

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