It can be really easy to put on a happy face, but all too often, even we as adults know that is not often reflective of how we truly feel.
This intervention can be used to explore underlying self concepts, emotions, thoughts, etc.
Simply obtain a mirror, mirrors from toddler toys work best because they are more durable and less likely to break and scratch.
1. talk to client about perceptions and reflections. What do they mean to client?
2. Ask client to paint “what is truly under the reflection” explain they can paint to represent feelings, thoughts, or underlying perceptions of self.
3. Ask client to talk about his or her painting. Sometimes the client may want to help wash the mirror afterwards as a closure activity, otherwise I just wash off myself after session.
Doing this intervention several times throughout treatment can be powerful to see changes in emotions and perceptions of self.
This can also be a powerful family intervention using multiple mirrors and this offers the chance to talk about true intentions despite outward defenses and appearances we may put on for others, including family members. This also allows for the chance for some vulnerability to be experienced in a safe environment. Be sure to consider all family members’ levels of maturity, sensitivity, and empathy before deciding to do this intervention, however, as it can be powerful and shouldn’t be taken lightly or completed without consideration of emotional safety of all involved.
“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” Anais Nin