What do you need?
There is a whole pile of cards on the table with all kinds of different needs, such as physical health, confidence, hope and connection.
She chooses about 10 cards. “There are a lot of them,” she says… They all have to do with her work situation and being able to use her qualities. She is creative but is currently unable to express that in her work in Poland. She is a hairdresser, but the hairstyle of Polish women is so different from what she is used to that she feels she is only cutting standard haircuts.
Then she is given the following assignment: Now make yourself a gift based on the need cards you have selected.
She falls silent – this is very complicated. The group members also do not know how to shape this. So let’s stop together with some examples. Then she looks at me and says, “I know! I want to make a dress for myself!”
Someone brought her sewing machine from the Ukraine, so she can actually sew a dress here. Now the therapy session is not suitable for that, but that’s okay – she can already start working on her idea!
She takes out her sketchpad and starts drawing:
she wants a special design, not a standard dress. And while drawing she thinks about the color of the fabric, what kind of fabric she wants to use, etc.
And where she started with a need for creativity, which she doesn’t find in her work, she has now found another way! Meanwhile, addresses are shared with each other in the group where fabrics and sewing materials can be purchased. Her enthusiasm is contagious in the group.