Art Therapy & Play Therapy Counseling Technique
Create a Christmas tree World
Have your art therapy clients / students draw a Christmas tree world during the holiday season.
This is also a great play therapy activity with miniatures.
Markers, Crayons, Paper, Glitter, Glue, Confetti
1. Ask your client / student to draw a Christmas tree in a home setting as an art therapy technique.
2. Have extra materials on hand to decorate the art therapy tree. I often have extra ribbon, tinsel, glitter, and confetti on hand for this project.
3. Allow the client / student to spend some time on the Christmas tree world art therapy technique drawing.
4. When your client / student has finished discuss the art therapy drawing.
5. See possible questions below:
- What does the tree look like? Is it large, small, and centered on the page? Is it grounded on the page? Are there branches? What color is it?
- Are there tree ornaments on the tree?
- What is the environment like around the tree? Is it warm and inviting? Cold and Sterile?
- Are their presents under the tree? Who are they for?
- What other items are drawn in this art therapy world? Discuss and explore.
Notes about the Art Therapy & Counseling Technique:
- The tree represents the family, or friend, relationships. It can also translate to “spiritual enlightenment.
- The world around the tree will tell you what the client / student’s phenomenological world is like.
- Presents around the tree represent the positive mindset of the client. It can also mean unexpected pleasures, or demands. Another translation might be unrecognized skills, or talents.
- Food represents care and nurturing of the self. It can also represent care from others.
- Christmas stockings can mean expectations and the need to be recognized and praised.
- A fireplace with a fire means a “warm and happy world”. A cold atmosphere drawing represents a “cold and uncaring world.”
Play Therapy Ideas: Create a miniature world in 3-D on a plate with miniatures.See More Art Therapy Ideas Here
Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.
*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed mental health professional immediately.
For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.
Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.
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