Ok, so mind mapping isn’t technically art therapy…but why not? It can be such a useful tool for self-discovery and problem solving. Free writing has its place in art therapy and mind mapping is pretty similar. It’s great for when you have a general idea of what you are feeling, but you want to expand upon it, or dig deeper into it. It’s also great for helping you get started when you don’t know what you are feeling. Mind mapping is great for discovering themes and patterns in behavior. It’s also great for identifying voices or messages that aren’t yours. Mind mapping is my personal go-to technique. I use it for everything. Generating fresh ideas, exploring different feelings, debriefing after emotionally loaded experiences, organizing thoughts and feelings, planning in my personal and work life, and for processing art after an art therapy session. It’s also a good starter technique for people who might not be ready to make art. It is a containing activity, and allows for some creativity for people who aren’t quite ready to move from an intellectual headspace, into a creative one.