Session 1

This piece expresses the feelings I felt for my most precious friend. She taught me boundaries and self-love. To live in harmony with others, people have to make the shape in their minds like a cogwheel. It expresses that what you do for yourself doesn’t necessarily hurt others, and a lot of times, it can be compatible. At the back, there are people I met in the past who had all the different shapes in their mind. They were not consistent with mine, and that expresses a lack of boundaries. To make the cogwheel in a perfect form, I thought there must be self-love, compassion, and honesty. A mirror reflects my image on the tree, expressing that I am growing through my friend.

Session Reflection

In Session 1, Duan asked me to think of someone who inspires me, which reminded me of my best friend. Duan suggested using shapes to express my feelings. When I was drawing people I met in the past whose shapes in their hearts are incomplete cogwheels, it made me sad and gave me an understanding that they are also human. When I drew trees, I felt that they were growing together. It was the first art therapy I had ever done in my life, and it was amazing that my feelings could be expressed on paper like this!

Session 1

The title of this artwork is Mysterious Superman. A girl looking up is me, and I am looking at Duan. I wanted to express that he is a person who is bigger than life. He is carrying a lot of confusion and repressed memories in his cloak. He has a firm expression on his face, standing up from pain and wounds. It seems to me that many things happened to him, but he didn’t stop loving others. I am looking up to him with respect.

Session Reflection

In this session, Duan asked me to draw a friendship between him and me. I think Duan is a great and resilient, and strong person. Since we had known each other for only a month, I felt a wall between him and me. So I drew a blackbird, flying between our friendship, but I knew that bird would fly away soon. While drawing this picture, I felt respect for Duan and warmth.

Session 2

My superhero is a witch who uses black magic. My clothes are dark, which represents the challenges I am facing. My strength is resilience. The villains keep coming out even after fighting and fighting, so in a way they can be said to be resilient too. My character is smiling slightly, indicating that all the obstacles in front of me are not scary.

Session Reflection

During this session, Duan asked me to think about my superhero outfit. He said that the clothes contained tremendous power, which magically solved my current problems.  I find visualizing something I had never thought about was difficult. It took me a long time to think of this outfit, but drawing this creepy witch made me feel like I could use black magic. I should practice visualization more often with Duan.

Session 3
Session 3

The title of this picture is cliff. My childhood was always playful and fun, but as I went through life, the fear of being alone and the desire to belong created a cliff. At the top, I pictured myself laughing and joking around in safety with my future partner. I pictured myself jumping over a cliff, over a waterfall and heading towards a happy future.

Session Reflection

In the third session, Duan asked me to draw a picture of my happy past, the anxiety I am feeling now, and the future where all the anxiety of the present has disappeared. Each time I drew the past, present, and future, I felt different emotions. I felt happy and good when I was drawing my past, but my memory was also hazy. When I was drawing the present, I expressed my loneliness, emptiness, desire to belong, and fear of rejection, and I felt sad. When I was drawing the future, I could feel that my heart warmed again, and I wondered if such a future would come. Even so, imagining such a future gave me hope and joy.

Session 4

The title of this work is Memory Box. Numerous large and small boxes are circling around me, and there is a hidden key that can unlock memories that I did not remember. My memories are contained in the boxes. In the past, I was busy and tired of suppressing my emotions. When I open a certain box, many memories seem to pour out, but I haven’t been able to find the key yet.

Session Reflection

The topic of the fourth session was to express the negative thoughts I have for myself. During this session, I was able to relieve my frustration. Through this painting, I was able to look inside my mind. This session helped me being in the present moment, and it allowed me to express my deeper thought that cannot be expressed in words. I almost felt like I was travelling to my inner world, completely absorbed in the moment. I was able to see myself as an observer, which helped me connect my current fear and memory.

Session 5

In the 5th session, I drew a picture on the theme of letting go. There is no specific title for this painting, but I depict the feelings of regret, guilt, and resentment towards my ex-boyfriend being swept away by the wind like sand. Orange represents my anxiety, guilt, and resentment, and blue represents peace and tranquillity.

Session Reflection

Duan asked me to write down the emotions that come to mind when I think of someone I would like to let go of, and most of my feelings were negative. Then he asked me to write what I would feel. I finally got over these confusing emotions for two minutes. I thought I was peaceful, quiet, and it felt like there was a space for me, and I felt lighter. I felt very uncomfortable, lonely, and sad while drawing this picture. The more I drew, the sadder I became, but I realized that this was the process of letting someone go. While I was drawing his face, I got angry and blamed myself. After expressing my confusing emotions in the painting, I felt as if someone had listened to me.

Session 5

The title of this work is The Silent Room. All the bad and confusing emotions were blown away, leaving an empty, quiet and peaceful space for me. Here, orange represents warmth and good feelings, and blue represents peace and tranquillity. And below, a bird is flying above the clouds. It showed my free and light heart.

Session Reflection

After I drew this picture, I felt so at ease, and every time I applied each colour to the blank paper, freedom and peace seemed to come to my heart. I felt as if I had already recovered, there was no more confusion, and I felt sympathy and love for myself. I felt as if I was hugging myself while drawing this picture.