Crayons And Complex Trauma

Go for it!

Get in touch with that little boy or little girl and colour your face off.

As a therapist, I have a box of crayons in my office. Paints and felt markers will also do the trick.

Colouring taps into the right side of our brain which connects to our emotional brain.

If you have a memory stuck in your head that you can’t get out – Draw it! Have fun. Go nuts! Scribble. Choose colours that reflect your feelings around the memory. Get mad, sad, happy, or whatever emotion comes up. Don’t stop. Let whatever needs to come up, get out.

The point of the exercise is to ‘discharge emotion’. So, go ahead, get it up and get it out. Find a safe quiet place and draw the memory and then colour, colour, colour. You don’t need to be an artist. Draw stick people, shapes, or use colours to represent people.

Bring the picture to your therapist and explain the memory. If no emotion comes upkeep returning to the memory with a drawing. You can even do it with your therapist.

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