Blog: About Therapy

February 26, 2017

I use traditional stories, myths and fairytales and sometimes children's stories with groups and individuals. Children understand and enjoy the language of story and stories can help them to safely explore difficult themes. Teenagers and adults may be able to recognise aspects of themselves and their lives in traditional stories and use them to creatively explore problems. C.G.Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist, proposed that traditional stories are an expression of the collective unconscious and deal with typical problems that are repeated in all people through the ages. Marie Louise Von Franz, a prominent analytical psychologist wrote extensively on the interpretation of myths and fairytales and her books help to explain their relevance to modern lives. Traditional stories can be used to explore archetypal themes such as becoming an adult, family problems, death, change, relationships and creativity.  

February 26, 2017

I have been using puppets in therapy for many years. I use glove puppets, rod puppets and finger puppets with children and adults. Puppets allow clients to quickly take on a character and can facilitate the expression of powerful feelings - while also keeping some distance from what is enacted. Traditional characters like the Wolf, King, Witch or Fairy are recognised by all ages and are easy for clients to connect with. Children can use puppets to act out stories or to play with the therapist. The archetypal characters lend themselves to playful exploration of difficult themes. The Wolf may represent the child's fears and be used to explore imaginatively overcoming them. Families or groups can use puppets to create a story. This is a fun activity that allows the therapist to observe the family/group working together. The story the family/group create may contain information about how they are feeling and what is going on for them. The therapist may be able to use the story to creativel...

February 25, 2017


I often use pictograms with clients as they are a great way of gaining some distance from a problem and helping to see things in a new way. They are also very useful in allowing people to explain how they are feeling. I ask the client to choose several objects and to create a picture with them to show me something - maybe a difficult situation they have just experienced or a significant event from the past. We can then discuss our responses to the picture and the client may or may not want to explain the story behind it. Making the pictogram can be a therapeutic experience in itself but it can also be used to begin thinking about what may be happening for the client and what they would like to change. 

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