Mandala with 9 year old female

by Nancy G
(California)

I worked with a 9 year old female girl with stubbornness and anger issues, and in our first session had her create a mandala. Although I intended for her to create a mandala from a blank circle, it worked out for her to color in a patterned circle with markers. I used a parallel play technique to also work on a mandala at the same time as we talked about those things in her life that made her feel angry. She was very relaxed as we talked and colored our mandalas. For our next session, I will have her complete her blank mandala with nature pieces that represent emotions. And then, if she chooses, she can color it in to represent her diagramming.

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