Have you ever had a client say something like, “I can’t put my finger on it” or “I’m not sure how to describe it” with regards to emotions? Well this is when I usually pull out this visual feelings wheel!
These wheels are one of my most favorite visuals to have in sessions for children, tweens, teens, and adults. I most often use them with my older clients as it opens up a really wonderful conversation about how many emotions there really are and builds emotional literacy.
Tweens and teens can quickly learn that there are so many more emotions beyond the basics and how connected emotions are.
Beyond being a supportive tool, you can use this visual as a jumping off point for many creative and expressive interventions including:
- Draw out some of the emotions
- Making 6 different characters for the 6 major emotions
- Act our their reactions from their old reactions and practice new reactions
- Create or find music to go along with each color section of the wheel
How do you use feelings wheels in sessions? Feel free to drop me a comment below!