Process an Emotion On Line: Try a Creative Arts Therapy Approach


Emotion Explorer is an interactive site for processing emotions. I designed it to give people a place to go to process an emotion the minute they are feeling it. Emotion Explorer is a creative, interactive site that uses a series of exercises to identify, explore and process feelings. I’m keeping this simple for today, we’re using basically four steps. So sit back and relax, take a few deep breaths and have fun looing more deeply into a feeling!

Step #1

Click on this link and look over the feelings in the circle, take your time and choose a feeling that draws you at this moment.


Now you’re going to refine your search…..

look at the list of sub-feelings that popped up in your circle….do any of these feelings come closer to the feeling you’re experiencing right now? once you have found your feeling……just click on it…….


Next is the mood meter. The mood meter helps you to understand how much or ……
how little you are feeling something so that you can begin to regulate your feeling…..

would you say you’re

experiencing just a little, say 10% of a feeling…? is the feeling in balance for you at say 50%

or are you heading towards an extreme say 85% or 90% and on your way to getting overwhelmed?………grab the meter stick and slide it up or down……


Now ….we’re going to map your feeling…feelings often have memories, sensations, smells, sounds, scenes and situations associated with them….

Write a few words or phrases that refer to or describe your associations…e.g. “a blue patch of sky”, “my grandmother’s house”, “anxious about a test in english”. “sad that I missed so and so”, “a family dinner table”, “shopping with these friends on a sat. afternoon” and so forth…..


You are at a choice point, you can continue through as many exercises as you wish or you can stop now and continue to journal about what you have become aware of so far. If you journal simply begin by saying “I am aware of……” and let the words flow. Do not edit the words in your mind simply let them come out in any way that they come out. This is for your eyes only, no one is going to look at what you write unless you share it, the idea is to allow words to fall onto the paper without controlling them so that your thoughts and feelings pour out freely.


Take a few deep breaths. Take a break if you wish and read what you wrote later or read it now. Is there anything you notice that is a new awareness? Simply be aware of what you have learned, take a few more deep breaths.

Senior fellow at The Meadows, psychologist, psychodramatist, author Emotional Sobreity,ACoA Trauma Syndrome, Forgiving and Moving On, Huff Post blogger, speaker

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