Talking therapy in a group

A picture card in your hand makes it easier to articulate who you are and how you feel.

  1. Each participant chooses a picture card that describes himself or herself as a person.
  2. The participants take turns telling a little story about themselves, based on their cards.
  3. Talk about the stories in the group. Everybody can ask questions.
  4. Now each participant chooses another picture card that says something about he or she feels.
  5. All participants tell the group how they feel, based on their cards.
  6. Ask the participants to exchange cards with each other at random – and to hold up their new cards so that everybody can see them.
  7. Tell the participants that they now have someone else’s story in their hands. Ask them if it triggers new thoughts?
  8. Ask questions and discuss the stories. You can control the flow of the talk by moving picture cards around if participants talk about cards that others have in their hands or refer to someone else’s story. New reflections may come up when they hold the card in their hand.

In step 4 you can also give each participant a random picture card to talk about. In this way, you can motivate people to reflect deeper.



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