Engagement

The beauty of origami is that it is aesthetically pleasing and naturally engaging.  In my experience, there is little effort needed in getting people interested in origami. Oftentimes, the simple act of having origami visible in plain sight  as part of office decor is enough to engage people into knowing more about the practice.  I often find that people are naturally attracted to origami structures I have laid out and would like to try it. People will often examine the folded form intently and ask questions like, “how did you do it?” and “can you teach me?” With less expressive and engaged clients I simply ask if they would like to learn to make origami. 
I use these moments as vehicles to use origami as a therapeutic tool in individual psychotherapy.  With new clients, it has helped to build the therapeutic alliance. With existing clients, origami has been a tool to help work through clinical issues. Origami therapy can also be useful with groups to engage, build social skills, and provide opportunities for mutual support and encouragement between clients. It is up to the practitioner to decide whether to present origami therapy in a structured or unstructured fashion. It can be open-ended or presented as a structured activity.     

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