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Toxins and Antidotes: A Therapeutic Card Deck for Exploring Life Experiences


Help clients to reflect on their life experiences with this therapeutic card set. Featuring 100 cards with words and phrases relating to family, relationships, education, religion and physical and mental health, clients can use the cards to decide whether an experience has been a toxic influence or a more positive antidote to a particular issue.

Ideal for use with people aged 16+, this original activity will help clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves and will show how they can reframe perspectives around negative experiences to aid healing and personal development. The set includes a blank card which can be photocopied and used to write additional words and phrases, along with a booklet with guidelines and further ideas for use in therapy and counseling sessions.

Suitable for counsellors, social workers, art therapists and expressive therapy counsellors.

Author Bio:

Bonnie Thomas LCSW is a school-based clinician, providing individual and family therapy to children aged 3–12. She has also worked in the Juvenile Corrections System and coordinated a mentoring programme for young girls living in public housing.

Rosy Salaman is an artist and illustrator who studied History of Art at Bristol University and Illustration at the Chelsea College of Art and Design. She lives in London, UK.


'A lovely, accessible tool which will serve to help develop the therapeutic encounter, providing a valuable aid to clients for exploration, expression and enlightening conversations.' - Jennifer Guest, Clinical Supervisor and author, UK

'The set will work well with individuals who need help with putting words towards their emotions and situations. This gives clinicians different ways to use the cards, as well as allowing clients to discover that they can put their thoughts and feelings into words with the help of the cards.' - Stacey Higgins, LCPCc, Child and Family Therapist, Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, USA

'This deck helps to break down the barriers that many of our clients face when attempting to describe emotional experiences. It helps clients to see life events in different ways that they may not have in the past.' - Kristen M. Gingrich, LMSWcc, CADC, Outpatient Clinician.

Toxins and Antidotes: A Therapeutic Card Deck for Exploring Life Experiences

Author: Bonnie Thomas

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