The colors of the Art Therapy Shelter House also hold significance. Below you will find the basic breakdown of each color Shelter House:
Grey: Grief, or hidden grief, Mourning, Depression
Blue: Sadness, Depression, Peacefulness, Calmness
Red: Anger, Danger, Courage, Luck
Black: Fear, Death
White: Hope, Spirituality, Purity
Yellow: Happiness, caution
Light Green: Anxiety, Stress
Materials Needed for Art Therapy Shelter House Technique:
You will need copies of the Shelter House in different colors. I usually print out several colors of the house and display these on a table for the client to select.
Markers, Crayons, or Colored Pencils
Directions for Art Therapy Shelter House Technique:
1. Allow the client / student to pick one of the Shelter House Therapy House print outs.
2. Ask the client to draw a scenario, situation, presenting issue, past issue in and around the house.
3. Once the client / student has drawn in and around the house start to ask questions about the meanings of the drawings.
Things to pay attention to with the Art Therapy Shelter House Technique:
- The color of the Shelter House chosen.
- The items drawn inside the house.
- The items drawn outside of the house.
- The level of the house in which the items are drawn.
- Any architectural details added to the house such as a chimney, windows, doors, paths.
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.
"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.
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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