Using the Storying Experience Card Set to accompany Creativity and Therapy
These cards were made through the body rather than head/idea/concept and invite you to engage with them first through the body before engaging in more intellectual or heady meaning making.
These cards invite you to engage with them, handle them, move them about, arrange them until they are in a form that, for you in that very moment, feels satisfying or somehow ‘spot on’ in relation to your body and experience, what moves and resonates with the body and provides a sensation that allows you to settle into exactly what you are doing and committed to in that particular moment.
These cards wish for you to be curious, playful and adventurous but not to push, bully or edit yourself with a harsh critical voice - or at least get to know and get into conversation with those critical voices through creative forms. These cards are designed to be used to engage in slow and expansive enquiry to generate storytelling of close nuanced personal experience. It's about allowing multiple stories to be made visible and being with them to allow all to be heard, especially the quieter ones that might get overlooked at other times.
These cards are not prescriptive - sometimes just being with the cards without a fixed idea or plan can be revealing in itself.
Included exercises / guided audio
The Card Set is made up of 75 (A6) printed cards and includes suggested exercises / guided audio for engaging with the cards.
The questions and exercises Poh Lin offers alongside the cards is a melting pot of personal and professional experience and process - learnt with and from others throughout 16 years of offering social work practice, narrative therapy and creative consultation.
Alongside available exercises Poh Lin offers sessions with the cards online. Workshops will be announced periodically.
*Please note these cards do not replace meeting with a mental health practitioner and are meant to complement and generate alongside therapeutic and/or process work.
What people share...
“Working with Poh and the storying experience cards has been a transformative experience. Each card is beautifully made, with incredible colours and images, and using them has given me insights I would never have discovered without this intuitive and creative approach.”
"I have found that these cards help give me access to my true feelings quite quickly and in a full-bodied way. I feel I can process difficult emotions more comfortably because I can see what I am feeling being reflected and suggested in the cards. When I have felt overwhelmed by emotions these cards have provided a means of settling my mind and body down and to find the words I need to articulate and metabolise what I need to. They help me feel more empowered and grounded."
"I found Poh's cards very helpful because they offered me the opportunity to play with associations in a free and irrational way. The images are rich in symbols open to multiple interpretations. Poh's audio exercises invite us to create compositions that reflect our feelings, opening up new possibilities for reading our mental and physical state. The cards are a visual input as well as a visual language. Composing them can serve as a vehicle of inner wisdom."