Using Butterflies in Therapy: The metamorphosis that caterpillars/butterflies go through is a great metaphor that can be used in therapy in a number of ways.
- Milkweed is the only plant that Monarch caterpillars will eat, and planting some outside your office can be a great activity to do with clients (there are a lot of gardening interventions you could incorporate). After it’s established there will be more Monarch butterflies around your office and you will start to see caterpillars and then cocoons on your plants. Milkweed seeds can be bought cheaply online (Save Our Monarchs)
- This is an intervention that uses a family art project featuring caterpillars and butterflies to develop treatment goals (Playful TF-CBT by Cavett)
- “My Butterfly Thoughts” is a CBT intervention that utilizes transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly (CBT With Children by Fiedberg and McClure)
- This book has a section on using a butterfly metaphor in trauma treatment (Creative Interventions With Traumatized Children by Malchiodi)
- Here is an article titled “5 Lessons We Can Learn From Butterflies” (By Devereaux)
- I found some great sand tray miniatures that represent the lifecycle of a butterfly at Michael’s Crafts.
- There are tons of butterfly arts and crafts ideas out there so get creative (Pinterest)