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Free play and non-directive elements in children's group

Non-directive elements are one of the key components in my art therapy sessions with kids. Within a safe and trusted boundary, most kids are able to play with art freely and imaginatively without too many directions from adults to express and explore about themselves. It is during this process that the therapist could observe, give limited guidance to help them reflect on and explore their emotions.


In a kids group I facilitated some time ago, the co-facilitating social worker showed amazement at how the kids were able to work out things on their own and how art can be so powerful to help them express themselves in a non-verbal way.


We all have the insecurity inside us and have the urge to do more, more, and more, as if there are not enough. Remember, we are all good enough as long as we trust ourselves, our clients, and most of all, the art therapy process.


If you find yourselves having issues in letting things go, look inside, what is it in you that is blocking you? What makes you feel necessary to ‘do more’? Does it serve the purpose?



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