Appointments available May 1–August 16, 2015
Wednesday–Sunday, 11:00 am–1:00 pm and 2:00–4:00 pm
Evening appointments available Thursdays and Fridays, 6:00–8:00 pm
The treatments are facilitated by volunteer therapists on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Museum of Hypothetical Lifetimes
Fill a scale model of a hypothetical museum with objects in order to create an exhibition that illustrates your life. Arrange the figures in the same way sculptures and paintings are arranged in a gallery. Your therapist plays the role of the museum’s curator. If you wish, you can explain what you are doing as you go, or you may wait until the end. Therapists can explain how some galleries are supposed to be used, but remember that the rules are simple and you are the artist. Your vision is what counts.
The therapist asks you to think of a secret and covers his or her eyes while you write your confession on a piece of paper. Once finished, roll the paper up, fasten it with a string, and place it inside of a glass bottle. In exchange for writing your secret, you are given the chance to read someone else’s. Pick one bottle, remove its secret, and read it.
Ex-votos are devotional objects from the past that can be found in churches and chapels where worshippers wished to give thanks for an event they considered miraculous. Though ex-votos take a wide variety of forms, they always include a text and an illustration. This therapy requires you to think of a special moment for which you feel grateful. Making an ex-voto is an opportunity to express your appreciation. Tell your therapist what happened and he or she will illustrate the scene with a painting or collage.
Write your own epitaph, using language as plain or poetic as you wish. Most people never get to know what will be written on their tombstones. In this exercise you get to choose the words that will tell future cemetery-goers something about you—and perhaps about the meaning of life as well.