Describing Your Feelings (Printable Guided Imagery Worksheet)

starWhen I was an intern, my supervisor shared a guided imagery worksheet with me that I loved but have not been able to find since. So I have created my own similar worksheet with a few new sections.

Here are example of the questions from part one:

Which feeling would you like to describe?

If your feeling had a shape, what would it be?

If your feeling had a color, what color would it be?

If your feeling had a texture, what would that feel like? (rough, soft, sticky, etc.)

If your feeling had a sound, what would it sound like?

If your feeling was a weather condition, what would it be? (stormy, sunny, cold, windy, etc.)

If your feeling had a size, how would you describe that size?

If your feeling had a place in your body, where would it be?

If your feeling were an animal, what kind of animal would it be?

If your feeling could say something, what would it say?

If you could talk to your feeling, what would you say?

There are several things I love about this worksheet:

  • Adults, teens, and children enjoy this activity.
  • Clients choose which feeling they would like to work with: anger, depression, jealousy, etc. and can use it multiple times to cover more than one feeling.
  • This worksheet can also be an art therapy activity if desired and appropriate.
  • Clients gain a sense of control over their feeling.
  • Clients can use this imagery outside of the therapy office anytime.
  • The therapist can process the answers to these questions with the client in as much detail as desired. For example, ask them why they chose a certain animal or what it feels like for them when they hear the sounds they talk about in part two.

describing-your-feeling-01The image to the left is a recent example (click on the picture for a larger view).

Like I mentioned above, you can also inject some art therapy with this worksheet by having the client draw their feeling as described. This star drawing at the beginning of this post was just using crayon, but you can use paint, sponges for texture, glitter, etc.

You can print your own copy of the Describe Your Feeling PDF.

  • This is awesome! I wonder if I can do this with my toddler or is that too young? I love talking about feelings and emotions and at the least, getting him to label and recognize them. That would be pretty neat for him to almost apply traits to them, like rough texture for anger. Very cool!

    • This might be hard with a toddler since they don’t have abstract thinking yet, but you will know when your LO is ready! 🙂

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  • J. Goree M.Ed, ATR

    I recently did this activity with my clients of the substance abuse population. It proved to be very safe and as anticipated my clients chose to take it one step further by creating the physical object they envisioned. Thank you for sharing your activity with us.

  • Ziyaad

    This Worksheet is very good , make ore worksheets and mail me when theres a new worksheet uploaded

  • Heather

    I stumbled across this and can’t wait to use it with the students where I work.

    Thanks.

    • Heather that’s great! Did you get a chance to use it and how did it go?

      • Samuel Sikapizye

        I work at a mental Health Hospital and I use this all the time. Thanks for making it available. Please send me more of this kind.