An Example of Using Story Cards in Settings of Individual Therapy or Group Therapy.
There are various ways of using Story Cards in therapy. As in any other intervention, the therapist decides to use a specific therapeutic activity with the cards based upon the clients’ needs and abilities as well as the therapeutic goals.
Using “The River” when Working with the Issue of Relationships
“The River” Set is a useful tool for settings of Family therapy, Group therapy and Individual therapy. The cards offer an additional mode of expression and a way to process of issues. Cards can serve as prompts for discussion or activities involving art techniques, role-play, storytelling and other methods. Following is an example for using “The River” Set when working with relationships in settings of Group therapy or Family therapy...
Expressive Therapy in Groups of Children Dealing with Grief
When working with a group of children who are dealing with grief, the therapist can invite each child to choose a card of a train carriage that s/he would like to work with.
Each child can then present the card to the group and put it on the floor next to a card chosen by another child so that a train is formed. This ‘group train’ actually includes all the members’ carriages and it can...
This can be the perfect time to enrich your online sessions with new professional tools. Projective cards enable clients to process the issues bothering them in a ‘safe’ metaphorical space of images and stories.
Working with projective cards can lead to a wide range of creative activities such as storytelling, drawing and role playing, alongside techniques from fields such as play therapy, psychodrama, art therapy, and drama therapy...
In the following example, the therapist invites a child (client) to tell a story using illustrated cards. The child chooses four cards depicting train-carriages. She lays the cards one next to another, to create an image of a train.
The child says: “… This train looks strong. It drives fast… very fast… I don´t know where it is going and when will it stop…”
Therapist: “Which carriage is leading the train so fast?”
Projective cards are a therapeutic tool. Among their other attributes, they add a visual and metaphorical layer to the verbal dialogue.
However, it is important to understand that using colorful illustrations in therapeutic settings is not aimed at “decorating” or ”beautifying” painful or difficult emotional contents. Visual images are not meant to “paint over” the parts of a client´s experiences...
Projective cards hold a therapeutic value since they add a mode of communication to the therapeutic session.
The illustrations on the cards are visual stimuli which can be used, observed and processed in therapy.
Cards add a visual mode of addressing issues that have been raised verbally. This gives both the therapist and the client a possibility to explore new aspects related to the issues discussed. In turn, it will...
When a client shares an issue of anxiety, the therapist can invite him/her to use cards in order to observe and examine the issue together.
Working with images offers an additional mode of processing for the client and therapist to use in the session. This visual mode supports the verbal mode of dealing with the issue and moreover - it expands it by stimulating other aspects of the experienced anxiety.
Projective cards for Therapeutic work with Children
An example using "The World of Trains" set of Illustrated cards and Story cards.
Children clients can find it difficult to describe the issues they are dealing with to their therapist. Using projective cards is a way to help children share their feelings and then examine them in a safe, metaphorical context.
This context also encourages children to use their creativity and enables them to be...
The following is a suggestion for the application of "The River" Set or the "Roads" Deck when working with adolescent or adult clients experiencing anxiety related to tests.
The client is invited to choose four cards and to place them alongside each other so that they form a continuum (see photo). Each of the four cards represents a different stage of the client's anxiety:...
Decks of projective cards offer clients and their therapists a metaphorical medium of communication and of therapeutic work. This metaphorical space is enriched and deepened as the therapeutic process progresses and as additional images (and connections between images) are shared in the sessions.
The image of a bridge enhances the therapeutic and creative work...
Using projective cards in settings of couple or family therapy
The two of us are together in this journey...
What colours do we see in our joint past?
What does our present time feel like?
How do we imagine our common future?
Partners in couple therapy are invited to use cards to describe the course of their life together. Each card they choose represents a certain period, an event or a place that for both are meaningful milestones...
Therapists leading a group therapy session can invite clients to build a continuum of cards. Each client chooses a card that represents his/her feelings around a question the therapist raises and places the card next to another group member's card.
The common continuum of cards allows the members of the group to share the issues they are coping with....
The blank pages lying ahead may sometimes not be as empty as they seem. Words stemming from previous chapters hang on to these pages, filling them with a guiding purpose or a deeper meaning. It is important to keep these words in mind and in heart.
Yet, sometimes, the memories of steps long taken, leave just a limited place for new images to arise.