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mistaken-identity

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Hello. I am currently having counselling. I need to start talking more. I find it hard to say things, so I write things down or draw what is on my mind and then my counselling looks at if and talks to me about what has happened. I was raped when I was younger, I need to talk about this for the first time, no friends or family know at all, not even my counsellor yet. I am planning on writing/drawing what happened but I am struggling finding a way to draw what happened. Can anybody make any sensible suggestions that may help me get out what I'm trying to say to my therapist?
 
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Hello mistaken-identity

I do not know if your counsellor specialises in a particular approach, but many counsellors use a variety of creative techniques such as shell work, sand play, using picture cards, drawing life lines and role-play to name a few.

It might be worth explaining to your counsellor that you feel creative approaches would allow you to express what you cannot say during a conventional session, and see what they suggest, maybe together you can find new ways to move forward. :hug1:
 
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I draw what I'm feeling already I just don't know how to draw this
 
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Have you tried using objects such as shells to represent people, places, memories or emotions in your life? It sounds very simplistic but from my own experience, it can help to bring those issues we cannot verbalise into the counselling space.

Some counsellors work with different artistic mediums like clay, collage, photographs and making masks. Sometimes drawing can feel quite pressurised because you have to create something from nothing, maybe having a different process would allow you to see a new way of representing what you want to share with your therapist. :hug1:
 
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Perhaps spend some time exploring and not putting pressure on yourself to draw something that 'makes sense'.
Even if it's selecting colours that represent your feelings, drawing squiggles, drawing the form of a body and putting colours on the parts that hurt.. so maybe a grey squiggle around the head if your thoughts are cloudy for example.

I'm so sorry you had this experience, but I do hope you can confide in your counsellor.:hug1:

When I told my counsellor about something similar happening to me, I could hardly breathe as tried to get my words out but I felt much better for telling her.
Also what's good is she's letting me take things at my own pace, so if I don't want to talk about what happened in a session we focus on something else.
 
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Thank you. that's a really good idea. I'm definitely going to draw a body and draw on what hurts. What a clever idea. Thank you
 
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