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The visual journal can be a valuable tool for art therapists, but they have to learn how to use it in a healing and therapeutic way.

As an art therapist, I discovered the visual journal as one of the tools bit I couldn’t find any straightforward suggestions on how to use it in therapy sessions.

I started to work in a journal in 2013 to heal myself, and I used it for a whole year when my mother was dying of cancer.

I developed my method, “SoulPages,” to spread the visual journal as a transformative tool. Still, I got many questions about the benefits of using the visual journal as a therapeutic tool in private sessions of art therapists.

In this article, I want to explain how art therapists can use visual journals in private sessions.

I will use the term art therapy journal to define it from the visual journal.

Any art therapist can work with the visual journal according to the seven elements: Intention, background, images, color, line, text and magical coincidence.

you can read more about the elements in this blog post

SoulPages Journaling and the seven elements

how to use art therapy journal

  • As a therapist, you can suggest the journal to your client as a medium to work in during the sessions
  • You can create the journal from scratch and use thick paper that allows for mixed media materials and techniques.
  • Use the seven elements as layers to create a meaningful spread.
  • Start with Intention and ask your client to tell you his/her story.
  • After the story, let your client prepare a background in any techniques that you think are appropriate for the story.
  • Apply images that symbolize parts or people in your client’s life
  • connect the images with colors and lines.
  • Ask your client to add words that summarize what he feels right now.
  • When the client finishes the work, you can try and get some insights and discover the magical coincidences in the artwork.
  • After a few sessions, you will start discovering art and symbolic language that is typical to your client.
  • Let your client take the art therapy journal home so he/she can continue working on it in between sessions.

Art therapy journal VS visual journal

Only certified art therapists should create an art therapy journal with their clients because this tool is powerful, and it is advisable to do it in the presence of an art therapist.

Processes like transference, countertransference, and projection could occur within the art journal, and the therapist has to be qualified to stand difficult emotions.

This type of art journal can be created in private or group therapy.

A visual journal is a tool that anyone can use, either by himself or with a facilitator’s guidance.

I developed SoulPages as a method of visual journaling that is not an art therapy but is a method that can help people connect with their inner forces and discover their internal symbolic art language.

In SoulPages, you can learn how to facilitate groups and people in creating a safe space to discover their true potential.

In the last eight years since I started teaching the SoulPages facilitator course, I discovered that around 40% of the facilitators are art therapists looking to learn more about this amazing tool.

If you want to read more about this method you can try here

https://en.visualjournal.co.il/courses/soulpages-vjj-facilitator-program/

2 Comments

  1. leelee

    I love how art therapy is now being used. I was an art therapist in the NHS IN U.K. for 30 years. I was medically retired about 17 years ago and used journaling for the trauma and recovery, I had experienced. Small journals I could carry with me to draw my nightmares and experiences. After a couple of years this grew to a4 journals and larger making my own buying ledgers and old books. Art journaling has helped me recover, I still have complex PTSD but my art journey journaling has made it easier. Keep up this work, I would love to do your classes but I am so busy with stuff

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  2. Albert Jabali

    This site was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something that helped me. Many thanks!

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