When I was an intern, my supervisor shared a guided imagery worksheet with me that I loved, but have not been able to find since. So, I have created my own similar worksheet, with a few new sections.
You can print your own copy of Describe Your Feeling PDF, but below is an example of the questions from part 1.
There are several things I love about this worksheet:
- Adults, teens, and children enjoy this activity.
- Clients choose which feeling they would like to work with- anger, depression, jealousy, etc. and can use it multiple times to cover more than one feeling.
- This worksheet can also be an art therapy activity if wanted/appropriate.
- Clients gain a sense of control over their feeling.
- Clients can use this imagery outside of the therapy office anytime.
- The therapist can process the answers to these questions with the client in as much detail as desired. For example, ask them why they chose a certain animal, or what it feels like for them when they hear the sounds they talk about in part 2.
Which feeling would you like to describe? _________________________________________________
If your feeling had a shape, what would it be?
If your feeling had a color, what color would it be?
If your feeling had a texture, what would that feel like? (rough, soft, sticky, etc…)
If your feeling had a sound, what would it sound like?
If your feeling was a weather condition, what would it be? (stormy, sunny, cold, windy, etc.)
If your feeling had a size, how would you describe that size?
If your feeling had a place in your body, where would it be?
If your feeling were an animal, what kind of animal would it be?
If your feeling could say something, what would it say?
If you could talk to your feeling, what would you say?
Here is a recent example (Click on the picture for a larger view). Like I mentioned above, you can also inject some art therapy with this worksheet by having the client draw their feeling as described. This example was just using crayon, but you can use paint, sponges for texture, glitter, etc.