Family Footprint Mapping: Reveal the Inner Picture of the Child
This work that I partially developed is very effective for helping children and teens with current day to day problems or deep seated issues. It reveals how they feel and have experienced divorce, blended family-issues, grief of loss of parent, adoption, or what is the core issue behind cutting, insecurity, depression, anxiety or hyperactivity.
This foot-prints-mapping method is done privately and in groups. The insights obtained with the mapping are precisely revealed and the deeper hidden issues arise to the surface in a heartbeat.
In private sessions, when a child lays out intuitively the colored footprints related to his/her personal story, no words need to be said to show the hidden dynamics. Most children do not like to talk about what they feel, what bothers them or they have just difficulty putting their thoughts and feelings into words. You know the answer you get on the question: “How was school today?” it is usually “good” or “bad”, and that’s all you will hear…
To communicate well is key for a good connection with our children.
After the footprints are laid out, I offer colored shapes representing specific emotions, concepts or events that I think are relevant. The child selects shapes to his liking, relevant to him/her, and chooses where to put them on the floor wherever they feel to do so.
Many families who partake in this method have been surprised and benefited tremendously, seeing the core-issue on the spot. Parents often are deeply moved while observing the process.