Lose The Bruise – Intervention by Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S

This is a wonderful intervention shared by Paris during a video shield-and-swordinterview with Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S.  Paris reported this technique was originally created for kids with negative self-talk.  It helps children heal by saying something to them that is empowering and positive.


A Shield

A Sword

Some balls

When children experience trauma, are perfectionists, and/or experience anxiety among other challenges, they develop negative cognitions.  The therapist can help children identify their negative thoughts and find a replacement statement.

Paris reminds us that only saying the opposite words to the negative thought will not be effective.  The therapist needs to help children find their strengths and craft a replacement statement.

Here is the video: