On the scribble story technique

Scribble drawing activity (aka Scribble Story Technique or SST) today in my eating disorders recovery group! ✒️ *this is the one I made alongside the clients*

✔️Start with a blank piece of paper and a pen. Ask group members to start scribbling all over their pages, in a way that allows for lots of lines to overlap.
✔️Take a step back, and observe the page of scribbles. Rotate the page and keep looking, allowing different images to emerge naturally.
✔️Start coloring in sections that stand out, gradually allowing a larger image or images to come forward.
✔️This could be an abstract piece (colors, shapes, patterns) or more literal (a dog, a symbol, or like I have here, a person’s face). The point is to explore the process, and while coloring, to observe your breath and body. Process is more important than product.
✔️After people are finished, invite them to title and share the story of their image. This could be a fable or myth, or it could be a description of an emotion. Does it relate in any way to your recovery? If so, how?

We had an intense process group in the morning, and this was a helpful exercise in allowing a more creative outlet for expression and release. The images are purposely disjointed and disconnected, a healthy challenge for clients who struggle with perfectionism or a need for control.
It can also be used for clinical supervision (see Dr. Laura Wood’s article here) or can just be a fun activity for kids and teens – or yourself – to get out of your head, into the present moment, and to see the world from a slightly different perspective. Let me know if you try it!

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Published by Danielle Levanas

I am a Drama Therapist committed to supporting you on the path to achieving your goals and tapping into your creativity! My practice is based in Los Angeles, CA and built on the idea that all people deserve a space where we can observe our patterns, make choices about change, and cultivate growth. Through a holistic approach to recovery, I work with clients of all ages to help you discover a greater sense of flexibility, play, and empowerment in your life.