Sanctuary the first in my comprehensive set of Collectable Values Cards.
The values cards are designed for the use of therapists and supervisors in their practice and individuals and couples in their lives.
I have chosen Sanctuary as the first in the series of values cards as it is the value I hold as most important in my work as a therapist.
The Sanctuary card accompanies my recent Blog posts which address creating and maintaining safety in therapeutic relationships.
Where can you find the values cards?
I am distributing the cards to cafes, cinema's, learning institutions and relevant health and healing centres.
If you would like me to send you a card or have a space at your place of practice at which I could display them for collection please contact me with your postal address via my website. www.anniesloss.com.au
Incorporating arts based exploration into acceptance and commitment therapy.
The inspiration to create these cards came from my therapeutic practice with individuals and groups in which I incorporate arts based methods and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
The purpose of ACT is to live a meaningful, satisfying life centred in our values.
ACT uses mindfulness or awareness training as a foundation from which we can learn to experience uncomfortable thoughts and emotions safely so that it is possible to take action toward living in accordance with what we know in our hearts really matters to us.
In my acceptance and commitment therapy work I have found stepping out of the dominant paradigm of talking therapy and into an arts based exploration for values identification indispensable. Arts based exploration allows the people I work with freedom from the self judgement, fear and void of knowing they frequently experience when asked to speak or write about what really matters to them.
Arts based values exploration in ACT group therapy.
Prior to introducing arts based values exploration to the ten week ACT group therapy program I coordinate, it was not uncommon for group members experiencing remoteness from their values to become hostile or hopeless when invited to identify what really matters to them. By incorporating arts based exploration to the program we now find that “Introduction to values” is an engaging and energised therapy session in which the facilitator and participants become significantly more connected, group dynamics cohesive, and heart warming tears are not uncommon.