Make your own “Feel Good File”

              The “Feel Good File” is a simple and effective activity that encourages combating negative thinking patterns and boosts self-esteem by providing a physical place for yourself and/or your child to store positive, loving words of encouragement and affirmation. The purpose of creating a feel good file is to practice challenging the negative thoughts thatContinue reading “Make your own “Feel Good File””

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!”

My “On the Go” Drama Therapy Bag

As much as drama therapists love their scarves, costume pieces, props, and art supplies, we know it isn’t always practical to take them with us to sessions. This is why I created my own “on the go” drama therapy bag that holds a variety of different tools for interventions and working with clients. These itemsContinue reading “My “On the Go” Drama Therapy Bag”

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!”

What is Drama Therapy?

The week of October 19-25th was the second international drama therapy week! To celebrate, we here at C.A.T.s Corner decided to create an informational video for all of you about the basics of drama therapy. Whenever I introduce myself as a drama therapist, I get asked a lot of questions. Common queries include “What doContinue reading “What is Drama Therapy?”

“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”