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Shelter House Therapy combines play therapy and art therapy together. You can use the actual shelter house, or you can use the free art therapy worksheets below.

Shelter House Art Therapy Technique

This activity is associated with the Shelter House Therapy concept. See the link here to learn this valuable technique in creative therapy by Dr. Stangline: 

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The therapist can also use the Shelter House Play Therapy Technique as an art therapy activity.

Please make sure you completely understand this therapy before utilizing it with your clients, or students. 

See the link above for more information and tutorials on the Shelter House Play Therapy Technique.

Here are the brief basics to this art therapy concept:


The House: This is the soul, or inner being of a person.  Basically, it is a person’s entire inner world. 

With Shelter House therapy it symbolizes the different levels of consciousness. This is similar to the sand tray being the entire. “phenomenological world”.

The bottom level of the Shelter House is representative of the unconscious mind, or the past. 

The next level is the subconscious. This can represent what is lying underneath the surface.

The attic would be the conscious mind. It can also represent “heaven” or the present tense. It can also represent the “masks” one wears.

The levels can also represent the past (lowest level), the present (middle level), and the future (attic level). 


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