People go to therapy for many different reasons. And although each therapist typically subscribes to a certain approach to therapy, a good therapist always stays open to the option of using a variety of tools to help make the therapeutic process successful for the patient. Crochet can be one option that a therapist implements to help his or her patients. It is useful in both individual and group treatment sessions.
Crochet in Group Therapy
One of the most acceptable therapeutic settings for people to bring their crochet work is a group therapy session. Crochet is often allowed (and in some rare instances even encouraged) in both inpatient and outpatient group therapy sessions. It is also common to see crochet at support groups that function similarly to therapy groups, such as AA and NA meetings.
People naturally have their defenses up when they enter group therapy. We all have walls that we put up because we don’t want to expose our vulnerabilities. But if you have too many walls up then therapy isn’t going to be successful. Crochet can help dismantle some of those walls in a group therapy setting. Here are some of the reasons for that:
- Individuals in the group may feel more relaxed as they crochet. Their emotional defenses relax correspondingly.
- The group may make small talk about the crochet that leads into a more serious therapy discussion.
- When multiple members of the group are crocheting it creates a feeling of kinship or commonality among the members that facilitates the group therapy process.
- Working on a project that is praised by others in the group can build self-esteem. As discussed in yesterday’s post on the health benefits of crochet, this can lead to massive healing for a variety of conditions for which one might seek therapy.
Crochet in Individual Therapy
Crochet is not used in individual therapy sessions nearly as much as it is in group therapy sessions. In an individual therapy session, the emphasis is on building a close relationship with the therapist and if the patient is seen as distracted by crochet then this could defeat the purpose. Tuttavia, it has the potential to have the same benefits in individual therapy sessions as it does in group therapy and it may be appropriate for use by therapists for many types of patients. Esempi di pazienti che possono beneficiare di uncinetto in terapia individuale comprendono:
- Bambini e giovani adulti che potrebbero non voler parlare solo dei loro sentimenti. E 'utilizzato come qualsiasi altra forma di arte terapia.
- Pazienti particolarmente ansiosi che non potrebbero altrimenti venire a una seduta di terapia, ma che sono calmato abbastanza da partecipare, se possono uncinetto durante la sessione.
- I pazienti che tendono a razionalizzare eccessivamente i loro problemi emotivi. Si può contribuire a rompere che verso il basso un po 'se la mente sta lavorando attivamente per un progetto artistico.