Wednesday, July 22, 2009

... capturing the family drama through sculpture... (philippines, life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist)

family sculpting is one of the common activities done in family therapy and experiential therapy. its purpose is to gain insights about the interactional patterns within a family.

to create a family sculpture, the client picks out participants from the group to represent his/ her family members. the client then positions the participants on stage, giving each participant a posture to maintain, a movement or gesture to do, and a statement to verbally express with feeling. the session ends with debriefing and group processing.

in the pix below, i assist a client in sculpting her family:

and below, you'll see the emotional themes, alliances, and conflicts of her family become apparent:

this is a simple activity, and yet it commonly elicits deep emotions, understanding, a sense of healing and empowerment not only for the client, but for all participants as well.

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