by Nancy G
Art Therapy Technique for counselors
In a second session, I had a client, 6 year old male, complete the house-tree-sun-moon-water activity. He was mostly interested in completing the animal--a fast cheetah who was going to China. For his house, he combined the tree and the house and added action figures rather than his family. His picture also included no water, but a sky. His picture is included below. In supervision we talked about his picture being very egocentric with the animal being the most important part for the child. He has attachment issues with mom, and I guess that is why he wouldn't have any water included with his picture. In our sessions we are working toward organization within his own psyche and with his mom.
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