MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES

 Techniques can include:

This list includes examples of some of the materials that can be used in a session. Individual learning styles, including an appreciation for the visual, aural and kinaesthetic preferences of individual participants, is part of the discovery of personal voices and clients always maintain control over their choices. Sometimes a client will wish to mostly talk, whereas at other times, talk therapy alone can be a barrier to new insight, relief, and connection.      Suzanne Frydman

pastel

  •  journal writing
  • paints – water colour, acrylic, oils
  • masks
  • photography
  • colour pencils
  • clay, das, playdough
  • sand-tray
  • word cards
  • OH cards
  • poetry, short story, fiction, non-fiction
  • natural elements – stones, leaves, twigs, sand
  • personal symbols
  • musical instruments, favourite songs, lyrics, CDs

You are free to go into a sort of a trance state in which your pen (or keyboard) seems to channel whatever bubbles up from inside. You can connect those self-observing and narrative parts of your brain without worrying about the reception you’ll get.

Why you should write a letter to yourself tonight – Bessel van der Kolk

 

Meditation teaches you to relax with the discomfort of sadness and stay with it, not turn it into something else. At this point, you can lay claim to your brand of helpful activity, whether it takes the form of activism, leadership, charitable work, making art, prayer or simple, basic kindness to all.

The Importance of Sadness – Susan Piver