What Happens in a Mindful Arts Therapy Session with Your Preteen?

In a mindful arts therapy session, the focus is on using creative expression as a means of self-exploration and healing. It combines the principles of mindfulness with various art-based activities to promote emotional well-being and personal growth.

Let’s take a peek into a typical mindful arts therapy session.

What Happens in a Mindful Arts Therapy Session with Your Preteen?
What Happens in a Mindful Arts Therapy Session with Your Preteen?

Typical Structure of a Therapy Session

A mindful arts therapy session usually begins with a brief check-in, during which the preteen and therapist discuss any concerns or important events since the previous session. This allows the therapist to gauge the preteen’s emotional state and tailor the session accordingly. It also helps establish a sense of trust and rapport between the preteen and therapist, creating a safe space for exploration and expression.

Once the check-in is complete, the session proceeds with an art-based activity, such as painting or drawing, focusing on a specific theme or prompt. The therapist provides the necessary materials and guidance, but the preteen has the freedom to express themselves creatively and explore their inner world.

As the preteen engages in the creative process, the therapist encourages them to stay present and explore their thoughts and emotions as they arise. This mindfulness aspect helps the preteen develop self-awareness and gain insights into their feelings, thoughts, and patterns of behavior.

The session concludes with a reflection period, during which the preteen and therapist discuss the artwork and any insights gained. This dialogue allows the preteen to further explore their creative expression and deepen their understanding of themselves. It also provides an opportunity for the therapist to offer guidance, validate the preteen’s experiences, and help them integrate their newfound insights into their daily life.

The Role of the Therapist

The therapist plays a crucial role in guiding and supporting the preteen throughout the therapy session. They create a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere, allowing the preteen to express themselves freely. The therapist actively listens, observes, and empathizes with the preteen’s experiences, providing a compassionate presence that fosters trust and encourages self-expression.

In addition to creating a supportive environment, the therapist utilizes various therapeutic techniques and interventions to help the preteen gain insight, develop coping strategies, and foster self-growth. These may include art-based exercises, mindfulness practices, cognitive-behavioral strategies, and narrative therapy techniques. The therapist tailors their approach to meet the unique needs of the preteen, ensuring that the therapy is both effective and meaningful.

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