I have spent many years working with groups in a therapeutic setting and the last 17 years have been mostly psycho-educational. The manner that I facilitate groups in this process starts with a lot of direction (ed), as the clients/patients open to sharing so do the boundaries (meaning less direction). Below is an image of a handout I have used. One day a client mentioned that how others see him is totally different than how he sees himself. So, I added another part (asking folks to write on the back of the page): “how do you think others see you positively/negatively.
At the end of groups, I often ask what was it like doing this activity (useful, annoying, stupid, ect). Folks nearly always reported for this handout that it was useful. The addition of how others see us opened a whole new conversation about the perceptions of others.
I am trained and work as a Creative Arts Therapist. I have passionately studied, worked, and taught as a hands-on practitioner of the Creative/Expressive and Healing Arts since 1983. I have integrated trainings in modalities which include Swedish Massage, Jin Shin Do, Trager Work, Hatha Yoga, Gestalt Therapy, Halprin Method, Group Creative Arts Therapy, Tai Chi, Meditation, Motional Processing, Rituals, Interfaith Celebrations, Progressive Early Childhood and Adult Education, Addiction and Recovery Services, Counseling and Psychotherapy, Dance/Movement Therapy.
I currently provide Creative Arts and Counseling services to a local nonprofit agency as well as teaching local classes and workshops. I use compassion and acceptance to create an environment that is safe and nurturing for individual clients and/or groups.