Bubble Breathing 2: When The Bubbles Pop

Back in August, I shared a therapy activity that teaches kids to visualize blowing their negative feelings into bubbles. This is a great way to introduce therapeutic breathing techniques and one that I’ve used myself when I’m trying to fall asleep after a stressful day.

(Because it’s still impossible to be angry while you’re saying “bubbles”) Photo by Chevanon Photography on Pexels.com

Recently, a client gave me some feedback: they said they blow the feeling into a bubble, but then the bubble pops, and the feeling splatters back all over them! That doesn’t help bring the feeling down.

I did some googling and found out that there are recipes for “unbreakable” bubbles. These bubbles aren’t technically indestructible, but they hold their shape much longer than regular bubbles.

If a child is having trouble with their bubbles popping, or they’re not able to visualize images in their mind, you can make the unbreakable bubbles together (some day in the future when we can meet with kids in person again). Follow the instructions in my Bubble Breathing post above, but blow real, unpoppable bubbles! Of course, the bubbles will still pop eventually, so you can add that the bad feeling gets dissolved once it’s inside of the bubble.

Take Bubble Breathing to the next level by making real, unbreakable bubbles!

Published by Amy Marschall, Psy.D.

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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