Here is a handy metaphor and mindfulness exercise I have been using with clients. Nearly everyone I have done this with grasps onto it right away and has given positive feedback.
Sometimes clients seek to “compartmentalize” their emotional experience. Luckily I have just the exercise to help them with that. . . but not in the way they might be thinking. This exercise will help your clients come into contact with their own body and self-as-context in a wonderful way.
Here is a handy exercise you can use with couples or families designed to help foster compassionate connection with one another, and to lead into values work. In the right context this exercise can be extremely powerful and lead to enormous response from clients.
The following is a PDF version of a blog originally published by my work, Pathways Consulting in Kenosha, Wi. It’s an easy to read primer on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and contains a helpful metaphor for explaining psychological flexibility processes. You can download it here, or by clicking the image below.
Here is a write up with some psychoeducation on emotions, and a simple exercise designed to help clients slow down their emotional experience and attend to many different components. I use this often with clients. Easy enough to understand for young teens and older.
I’ve been working on a new method of applying ACT with clients in a structured but still flexible way. I call it The ACT Wheel, and it’s been really enhancing the way I work and keeping me more consistent.
I’ve written a small booklet on what the ACT Wheel is and how to use it. You can download it for free here.'