Color Your Feelings

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Creative Play Therapist
Grade Levels
K - 12th
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Creative Play Therapist


This activity encourages feeling identification, is quick, highly versatile and fits well with the affect regulation component of TF-CBT.

Have your client write out a list of feelings present in their lives. This could be in general or related to a specific situation/event or person.
Then have them assign a color to each feeling. They then fill in the entire space with colors that represent how much they are feeling each emotion. This exercise is often done multiple times throughout treatment or even in during same session (ex. before and after a specific intervention for comparison).

Once completed it can be used to increase self-expression, disclosure and verbalization of feelings. It also often provides a segue for some cognitive processing exercises (ex. if “guilt” or “shame” fills a large portion). You could also just use a blank sheet of paper or have the client draw a picture to color in (examples not client work)

Follow this link for examples: http://creativesocialworker.tumblr.com/post/73898243068/color-your-feelings-this-activity-encourages
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