The many layers that make you, you

Before starting this exercise, make sure you are in a safe, quiet space to for your self-reflective creative process. Take a moment to reflect on who you are in the world. How do you feel others who are first meeting you see you? How is the way you present yourself to someone you are firstContinue reading “The many layers that make you, you”

Celebrating Creative Arts Therapies Week!

Monday the 15th of March marks the beginning of National Creative Arts Therapies week! The creative arts therapies make a difference for tens of thousands of adults, teens, and children each year. Each of us here at CATS corner loves to integrate activities from all of the creative arts therapies into our work, whether itContinue reading “Celebrating Creative Arts Therapies Week!”

The Adverb Game

The Adverb Game is fun drama game that works on skills such as creativity, observation, grammar, and emotional identification. This game is ideal in group settings and can be adapted for a variety of different age groups, populations, and/or cognitive abilities. The game is simple. First, start out by creating a list of adverbs whetherContinue reading “The Adverb Game”

2020 Time Capsules!

2020. Does reading that make you cringe a little? 2020 has been a year to remember-a year that will go down in history. 2020 brought lots of unknowns, disappointments, and fears to many all around the world. It is so easy to think of the year 2020 as “the year of the pandemic”, but whatContinue reading “2020 Time Capsules!”

Grounding technique turned drama game!

This grounding technique is a coping strategy that can help someone experiencing high anxiety reconnect with the present moment through connecting the mind and body. In this video, I show you how to take this grounding technique and turn it into a drama activity! On a piece of paper write down: 5 things around youContinue reading “Grounding technique turned drama game!”

“Blind Picasso”

“Blind Picasso” is a fun activity that encourages active listening, creativity, imagination, and so much more. Not only that, but it reminds us that we all perceive and interpret things differently in the world-whether we are seeing something with our own eyes, or listening to something with our own ears. All you need is aContinue reading ““Blind Picasso””

Emotional Thermometers for Aggression

Emotional thermometers are a popular cognitive behavioral intervention for children and adolescents. It is often used to promote self-awareness and the healthy expression of emotions. Watch the video for step by step instructions, and read below to see how to use this CBT tool through a drama therapy lens! After completing their thermometer, I oftenContinue reading “Emotional Thermometers for Aggression”

Worry tools and Storytelling

I’ve always been a worrier; I remember experiencing so many worries especially as a child. My worries were truly a result of my anxiety over the unknown-most being things that were out of my control. Sometimes, writing down our worries, or the things we cannot control that seem to be spiking our anxiety, can helpContinue reading “Worry tools and Storytelling”

The Review is in! How I Use Mindful Kids to Help Start the Day

Mindful Kids is one of my favorite resources as a creative arts therapist. The mindfulness activities are great for all ages and comfort zones. Plus, it’s extremely affordable! Just click on the mindfulness activity for the amazon link. Watch the video below to see how I use one of their activities to help children startContinue reading “The Review is in! How I Use Mindful Kids to Help Start the Day”