Learn to control negative thoughts and emotions as an adult
This exercise centres around empathy and emotional acknowledgement.
- Spread out the picture cards.
- Ask the client to find a picture card that illustrates an emotional reaction they have had in relation to something negative or unpleasant. This could be at work, at home or in a social setting, e.g. being left out, laughed at, disrespected, overlooked, etc.
- Sit together for a moment in silence while the client pauses to really reflect on the feeling. After this, you begin to ask elaborating questions: What is this about? Is it a feeling of anger that you are experiencing? Is it a feeling of fear? A feeling of sadness?
- You respond with an acknowledgement: “It is completely okay for you to have this feeling.”
- Choose some new cards together. These cards should illustrate something positive that the client can do differently and something they can do to provide a bit of relief, a small change or a start of something better. Place these cards around the “negative” card.
- The client starts off by choosing the best two ideas and how to implement them in practice.
- You can work with the chosen picture cards on several occasions.
You may keep the chosen picture cards ready to discuss with the client at later occasions as a part of an ongoing process.
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