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Art Therapy Rx: Nesting Dolls

Updated: Apr 14

"Underneath my outside face, there's a face none can see. A little less smiley, a little less sure. But a whole lot more like me." ~ Shel Silverstein

[Resumen en Español al final de esta publicación.]

I wanted to start by saying thank you for stopping by to read my blog! I am excited to begin sharing with you some of my creativity. I hope that this post will inspire you and become a very valuable resource for your work with clients. The above quote by Silverstein inspired this art therapy directive with nesting dolls! As a matter of fact I actually wrote a paper on this directive and how it can be utilized with transgendered youth to empower them in embracing who they are and explore difficult feelings that are experienced when there is a disconnect between the body and a sense of self. I find that this directive can be used with many populations. It was a very powerful intervention for me to use in therapy not only with transgender clients but also other populations that had difficulty opening up and processing in session.


The rationale for using nesting dolls in therapy is self-exploration by creating a form of visual narrative. The directive creates a safe distance and a container for expressing feelings both physically and symbolically. In addition there is a great deal of symbolism in the nesting dolls themselves. The client is essentially projecting their self onto the doll which facilitates a process of self discovery and understanding by giving the client the opportunity to organize and separate the unique layers of which they consists of. These layers can reflect a number of things, such as personality, feelings, thoughts, needs, and desires. This directive can be interpreted not only through our client's lense but also through various Gestalt, Jung, and attachment psychological theory. The possibilities for deep insight are truly endless when you throw in the creative process.

When using nesting dolls in art therapy, I have found that setting aside a few session is very important so that the client does not feel rushed. If possible the directive can even be divided into one session for each layer of the nesting doll. The client can choose to work from the outermost doll to the most inner doll. I find that clients tend to work in this order because it feels safe to expose one layer at a time working from their public self to their most private and and very often most vulnerable self.

Please Note: Be mindful of the art materials utilized to not overwhelm the client. Allow the client to choose materials if they feel they need too. I allow clients to choose from collage materials, paints, stencils, and stamps. You can check out the links at the end of this post for recommendations on supplies for this specific directive. You can also shop through my Therapy Materials section. There are many options to choose from when it comes to nesting dolls such as wooden craft, dry erase, or chalk board nesting dolls (links below). These options may be cost effective as well since they are reusable!


Using Nesting Dolls in Art Therapy:

1. Introduce the directive and allow client to choose materials and supplies.

2. Explain to the client that they will be using the nesting doll to represent themself by using words, lines, shapes and colors on each separate doll.

3. Once the nesting dolls are complete have they should be witnessed and the client should be allowed to process in whatever form they choose. I have used poetry to allow the client to describe each layer if they choose.


Below are some reflection questions:


How do you as a clinician use creativity to create a safe space and distance for your clients to work through difficult feelings?


What did you find interesting or useful in this post? Your feedback is greatly appreciated! It will help me continue growing as a writer and help me improve future content!


With Love,

Lauren


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Ideas for Art Supplies:

Wooden Nesting Dolls- Set of 6: https://amzn.to/2QyQeXd

Chalk Board Nesting Dolls- Set of 6: https://amzn.to/2tLVfT9

Dry Erase Nesting Dolls- Set of 6: https://amzn.to/2s6Z6d7

Ultra Fine Dry Erase Markers- Set of 12: https://amzn.to/2s8F8ij

Ultra Fine Chalkboard Pens: https://amzn.to/2tEfHp8

Acrylic Paint Pens- Set of 12:https://amzn.to/2T5U0ck

Acrylic Paint Pack of 18:https://amzn.to/39TISoI

20 Piece Acrylic Paint brush set: https://amzn.to/2QXix0t

Foam Brush Set of 4: https://amzn.to/39KSLVI

Disclaimer: **This information is not intended be utilized as a form of self-help, personal clinical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The content on this blog is meant for educational purposes and to provide clinical art therapy directives for trained mental health professionals. This information is by no means a substitute for therapy.**


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Arte-terapia Rx: Muñecas Rusas

¡Quería comenzar diciendo gracias por visitar mi blog! Estoy emocionado de comenzar a compartir con ustedes un poco de mi creatividad. Espero que esta publicación los inspire y se convierta en un recurso muy valioso para su trabajo clínico. Esta directiva de muñecas rusas fue el tema de un papel que escribí sobre cómo se puede utilizar la directiva con los jóvenes transgénero para empoderarlas a aceptar quiénes son y explorar los sentimientos difíciles que se experimentan cuando hay una desconexión entre el cuerpo y un sentido de sí mismo. Encuentro que esta directiva se puede usar con muchas poblaciones. Fue una intervención muy poderosa para mí usar en terapia no solo con clientes transgénero, sino también con otras poblaciones que tenían dificultades para abrirse y procesarse en la sesión. La razón para usar muñecas de anidación en terapia es la autoexploración al crear una forma de narrativa visual. La directiva crea una distancia segura y un envase para expresar sentimientos tanto físicamente como simbólicamente. Además, hay una gran cantidad de simbolismo en las propias muñecas rusas. El cliente esencialmente se está proyectando sobre la muñeca, lo que facilita un proceso de autodescubrimiento y comprensión al darle al cliente la oportunidad de organizar y separar las capas únicas en las que consisten. Estas capas pueden reflejar una serie de cosas, como personalidad, sentimientos, pensamientos, necesidades y deseos. Esta directiva se puede interpretar no solo a través la perspectiva de nuestro cliente, sino también a través de varias teorías psicológicas de apego, Gestalt, y Jung. Las posibilidades de una visión profunda son realmente infinitas cuando se incluye el proceso creativo.

Puede explorar los enlaces afiliados al final de esta publicación para obtener recomendaciones sobre los suministros para esta directiva específica. También puede comprar a través de mi sección de Materiales de terapia "Therapy Materials". Hay muchas opciones para elegir cuando se trata de las muñecas rusas, como artesanías de madera, pizarra en seco, o pizarra de tiza¡ Estas opciones también pueden ser muy útiles por qué se pueden reusar.


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Con amor,

Lauren

Recomendaciones de material de arte:

Wooden Nesting Dolls- Set of 6: https://amzn.to/2QyQeXd

Chalk Board Nesting Dolls- Set of 6: https://amzn.to/2tLVfT9

Dry Erase Nesting Dolls- Set of 6: https://amzn.to/2s6Z6d7

Ultra Fine Dry Erase Markers- Set of 12: https://amzn.to/2s8F8ij

Ultra Fine Chalkboard Pens: https://amzn.to/2tEfHp8

Acrylic Paint Pens- Set of 12:https://amzn.to/2T5U0ck

Acrylic Paint Pack of 18:https://amzn.to/39TISoI

20 Piece Acrylic Paint brush set: https://amzn.to/2QXix0t

Foam Brush Set of 4: https://amzn.to/39KSLVI

Declaración/Aviso Legal: ** Esta información no esta destinado a ser utilizado como forma de auto-ayuda, consejo, diagnostico, o tratamiento clínico personal. El contenido de este blog es educativo y para proporcionar directivas clínicas de arte-terapia para profesionales de salud mental. Esta información de ninguna manera es un sustituto para la terapia. **


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