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I Feel Like a Flower Waiting to Bloom….

Posted by: Priya Senroy on May 16, 2014 3:33 pm

Dear fellow counsellors….YES…SPRING is finally here…I am seeing it in my backyard…although the weather is enigmatic as ever…I try to find some meaning in its  forecasts, try to make sense of the erratic nature…..this year is going to be unpredictable and I need some kind of roots to ground me—speaking of metaphor—while doing spring cleaning…I found my old metaphor cards and have used them  occasionally with my clients….the results have been better than our weather forecasts—each time I use them, they  are interpreted in amazing ways. I was first introduced to them as a young fledging Drama and Movement Therapist- we were encouraged to embody the images and then dramatize the associated feelings and metaphors…they can be defined as therapeutic tools that  open a window into a person’s inner world; associative reactions to the illustrated cards make it possible to reflect upon childhood memories, to recall repressed experiences, and to release blocked feelings. Since the interpretations of metaphors featured in the cards are completely in the eyes of the beholder, the same card can trigger different reactions in different participants (OH cards institute 2014) There are many kinds of cards, I use ECCO which are just one of the few decks out there .If anyone is interested in finding more about these cards which are specially useful when words are not enough to express how one feels. I became more fascinated by them when one of my favorite therapists-Mooli Lahad spoke of them. He has  quoted  about them in another site as (the) cards help us create a space in which we allow ourselves to invent, make believe and day dream, while knowing all along that the “fantastic reality” is there to serve our coping skills and not in order to cut us off from reality (Lahad, 2003).

I can go on and on….but I think I will leave you with websites that can shed more light on them and hoping that they will inspire to be used as an effective creative therapeutic tool in counseling:




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Posted by: Priya Senroy on September 30, 2013 10:04 am

Fall is finally around the corner and I hope you have had a good summer-mine was busy working and learning  and hurling myself into new knowledge—one of which I would like to share today…. its called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT….for those who might not have heard about it.  

I knew nothing of ACT until summer this year, when I attended a workshop called the  ‘ACT for Anxiety’. It sought to apply the core principles of ACT to those of us afflicted with an anxiety disorder. So Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a behavioral therapy all about creating a rich, full and meaningful life whilst accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it. Officially, when written as ACT, the ACT is said as the word “act” and not as the initials A-C-T. From the “third generation” of behavior therapies, ACT is a contextual approach challenging clients to accept their thoughts and feelings and still commit to change(Dewane,C, 2008)

ACT in a Nutshell… is

The core principle of ACT can be described by using a simple (and unsurprising) acronym:

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