If you have read my blog, you know I love sharing great therapeutic activities. I have already posted one of my favorites, which is using yarn to learn more about a person’s worries (see the post “All Tied Up with Worry“).
During a family therapy session I added another step that provided a strong visual impact and gave my clients an option to continue this technique at home.
- I found face shapes of varying shades at a craft store and asked each client to choose a face that would represent them.
- Instead of cutting paper squares to label the yarn, I used address labels since they are also stickers.
- I then asked the clients to stick each worry in the “brain” of their face shape.
- Once this was done, we talked about how worries can fill up their head and make it hard to think of other things, such as schoolwork.
- We then took each worry out of their “brain” and talked about various possible solutions and ways to deal with the worries. If the client chose, they could cut the worry down and make it shorter to indicate they felt a little better about it.
Since we used address labels to stick on the face shapes, I demonstrated removing some of the worries. I emphasized the importance of talking about our problems and applying any stress reduction techniques we had reviewed in our sessions together. For this particular client, we referred to the relaxation flip books completed in a prior session.
6. The client took home their project and some blank labels so they can remove or add worries. This was helpful for the mother to understand more about her child’s worries and removing or cutting a worry down also felt really good for the client!
Mom actually told me the whole family is on board in discussing their worries and the sizes of their worries with one another. This dialog has already improved the family’s communication and given the child permission to share their feelings with the parents. I was very excited to hear this!
Therapy is always full of opportunities for creativity. If you find another twist to this activity, or any others, please feel free to share!
Original Post On 4/16/12: Therapeutic Activity: All Tied Up With Worry