Art Therapy Directive: vulnerability zoom

This has to be one of my favorite art therapy techniques.

The vulnerability zoom (original directive from inner canvas) is a process of art creation and uncovering the hidden layers of a work of art.

Here’s the basics on how it works:

  1. To begin: ask the client to create a work of art. When the client is finished, talk about the art they created.zoom-11.jpg


  2. Choose a spot to “zoom in” on. Imagine if we were to get a magnifying glass and view that specific spot. What would it look like?
  3. Repeat step 2.


    Artwork #3

  4. Repeat step 2 until the client feels it is the “right” time to stop. This process may go on for several sessions. And that is okay. 


Check out the full directive HERE. 

*All artwork shown is not client work. 

Making art with your non-dominant hand


painting baby hand

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”.                        –Pablo Picasso

“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins”. – Charles Stanley

             The pressure to make art a certain way often keeps people from engaging in authentic art-making, and can scare away someone who is new to art therapy. This directive helps break down some of those walls and creates a fun, judgment free zone.

              After reading the quotes above, think about the expectations and pressures to be a certain way in your own life. We all try to juggle too much at times, and we end up walking in circles because we aren’t focused simply on where we are standing. What…

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My hands speak for themselves


Our hands are an integral part of our daily experience and have the power to harm or help. This project is a twist on the self-portrait by putting the focus on our hands as part of our identity. Taking ownership of our hands (or body as a whole) means we have a greater awareness of our actions and the power we have to influence one another for better or worse.

All you need for this project is a copy machine, some markers and colored pencils. After you copy your hand, decorate it!

So, if your hands could speak what would they say?

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Incorporating “Inside Out” with Clients: A Masterpost



Check out my Pinterest board “Inside Out + Counseling” , that I update periodically with more projects!