"How Does Your Heart Feel Now, What does it look like right now?"
I found that this directive can be helpful for people going through some kind of life change like moving, divorce, changing jobs or schools, changes in relationships, and with grief. It can be particularly helpful with children.
Read the children's book, The Invisible String and think about what it meant for you. After doing this think about how your heart is feeling now and then create a visual representation of what your heart looks like. In this example I went 3D by cutting a cardboard heart in half and wrapping each piece with yarn and then tying teach end from each piece of heart together. For me it represented how I feel like my heart is in two places; my new home and my old home since I recently moved to Denver, CO from San Mateo, CA. The act of wrapping was soothing and helped me to feel more grounded and present. Most people would draw or paint on paper and that would typically be the direction I would take a client, but I wanted to try something a little bit out of the box this time.
Nissa Jackman LMFT, ATR