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. 


Incorporating “Inside Out” with Clients: A Masterpost



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










DIY Book of Textures (sensory book)

I stumbled upon this excellent DIY tutorial to create your own sensory book.

I can picture myself using this with my clients, particularly my clients on the autism spectrum. But, I also imagine using this with clients in toddlerhood or early childhood.

According to the tutorial, here’s what you will need to construct the sensory book:

  • CD sleeves
  • 1 inch album rings
  • reinforcement labels
  • hole punch
  • double-sided tape

Here are some different materials you can use for the various textures:

  • Silk fabric
  • Leather straps
  • Snakeskin scrapbook paper
  • Plastic
  • Foam sheets
  • Fur
  • Glittery foam sheets
  • Cardboard scrapbooking sheet


Here’s what it will look like!



I can’t wait to try this out with clients!

Art Therapy Directive: Tree of Life

The Tree of Life Concept

9fce69343dd663dd6530a74585fed637.jpgThe tree of life concept is pretty simple and straightforward. It is a visual metaphor in which a tree represents your life and the various elements that make it up–past, present, and future.

By labeling these parts, you not only begin to discover (or perhaps rediscover) aspects of yourself shaped by the past, but you can then begin to actively cultivate your tree to reflect the kind of person you want to be moving forward.

Just as we learned in my last post that the stories of our lives are the events we choose to highlight and contextualize, in this post we will learn how to discover and highlight alternate paths through our past–which in turn create new horizons in our future.

Follow the instructions no the link below to give it a try for yourself.

Tree of Life activity


One of the classes that I lead at HD is called “Boom Team.”  It’s meant to be an arts and crafts time, but I’m a counselor, so I turned it into art therapy.

Project:  My Life as a Tree
Draw yourself as a tree,
with the roots being things that give you strength
and the leaves as things you want to change.

The cool thing about HD is that we are meant to participate in the recovery process with our girls, because even if we haven’t been trafficked, we all have our baggage that we need help processing and overcoming.  I won’t share “A”s tree, because that is her story.  But I will share mine!

IMG_0413My “roots,” aka things that give me strength: 

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