Incorporating “Inside Out” with Clients: A Masterpost



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











Learning about feelings with the ninja turtles! (+ printable)

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At a total of 10 pages, this workbook uses ninja turtle faces to accelerate learning about feelings! On some pages, there is already a feeling drawn on the ninja turtle. On others, the ninja turtle has no feeling face–leaving space for the participant to draw and make the face fit a certain feeling, such as “disgust” or “worry” or “excited.”



Each page instructs the participant to identify the feeling, color the ninja turtle’s face, and to draw and/or write about the designated feeling.

I used this book with a six-year-old client for individual therapy, and it proved to be successful (this client loved the ninja turtles!).

In the end, I used a three-hole puncher and some yarn to bind the pages together and form a book.


You can download a sample (3 pages) of this workbook on my Teachers Pay Teachers store HERE.


You can purchase the full workbook (10 pages) on my Teachers Pay Teachers store HERE.

Creating S.A.F.E.T.Y. Plans (+ free printable!)

At my internship agency serving children and families, I often had to create safety plans with clients who were in danger of harming themselves.

Why create a safety plan?

Safety plans can help us get through difficult moments and can make a difference in keeping us safe. Safety plans are developed in collaboration between a client and therapist. It is designed in such a way where the client writes down signals of emotional distress, actions to take, and people they can contact to keep themselves safe.

After researching online for templates and ideas from other mental health professionals, I found the following S.A.F.E.T.Y. acronym…and decided to use it as an overall template for safety plans with my clients!

Each letter in the word “SAFETY” signifies a different portion of the safety plan. I love this because it makes it easier for the client to remember aspects of the plan. It also helped me remember the details of the plan–which was super convenient because I didn’t always have my client files with me when I was in the field.

“S” stands for…

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“F” stands for…

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“E” stands for…

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“T” stands for…

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“Y” stands for…

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When the client and I finished the plan, we both signed at the bottom. I also made a copy of the plan for my records and provided the client with the original for themselves.

Download the free printable from my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

Free printable: Daily Mood Chart

During my internship with children and families, I created a Daily Mood Chart for certain clients to complete each day. The chart asks the client to identify emotions felt during that day, notable events/factors that might have influenced those emotions, and ways they dealt with it all (whether “good” or “bad”).

I also added a section to monitor medication and sleep. Both of these factors can influence mood and behavior!

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Benefits of tracking mood–CLIENT

  • Increased awareness of feelings
  • Identify patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behavior
  • Identify factors that have a positive or negative effect on moods
  • Learn how to detect patterns and take preventative action (e.g. practicing coping skills)

Benefits of tracking mood–THERAPIST

  • Teach the client about the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behavior (excellent opportunity for CBT psychoeducation!)
  • Become increasingly aware of the client’s patterns of behavior, factors/events that affect feelings and behavior
  • Information-gathering
  • A collection of the daily charts can be a handy starting point for therapy sessions
  • Excellent way to engage client outside of the therapy room


Visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store to download this Daily Mood Chart for FREE. 

Art Therapy Intervention (+printable): Feelings Book

Many of my young clients loved making their own books. After the success of the All About Me book with clients, I created a Feelings Book that clients could write and illustrate.

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There’s just something about making their very own “book” that hooks the kids in. They illustrate and write according to each feelings page.

At 12 pages long, each page lists a different feeling for the client to draw and write about.

As a therapeutic intervention, I would focus on 1-2 pages per session.

Possible questions I would ask a client during the intervention…

  • What does your face look like when you feel ______?
  • Can you show me on your face?
  • Can you draw a picture of yourself when you feel _______?
  • When you feel _______, what do you do?
  • How do you know when you feel ________?
  • What makes you feel _______?
  • (For emotions like sad, worried, ashamed, angry) — What makes you feel better? What do you do to calm down? What do you do to help yourself feel better?

Once we finished the book, we poked holes using the 3-hole puncher. Then we tied the pages together with yarn.

You can purchase this Feelings Book for $1.00 for a digital download on my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Click here to view.

Survivors Support Coloring Book

I stumbled across this awesome resource the other day when looking for creative interventions for survivors of sexual violence. It’s a coloring book for survivors and supporters.

It was created by Ryerson University in Canada for their Consent Comes First campaign.


I love this campaign because it also discusses the ways folks can support survivors of sexual violence.



Here is the coloring book to download for FREE.


Printable: All About Me Ice Cream Cone

Printable: All About Me Ice Cream Cone

FREE printable on my Teachers Pay Teachers store: the All About Me Ice Cream Cone!

Each layer of this ice cream cone represents a different character trait of the client’s choice. They can color in the ice cream layers to their liking too!

I’ve used this with clients aged 5 to age 18.

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Download for free on my Teachers Pay Teachers store! Click here.