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Psychologists and mental health professionals use different tactics to help their clients. For example, some may use counseling, while others prefer the reiki method. One lesser-known but still commonly used mental health tactic is tarot cards.

Let’s take a look at what you need to know about using tarot cards in mental health care:

What Is Tarot?

Tarot can be considered divination that involves predicting or foretelling future events based on information drawn from symbols and visual images. Tarot also uses hand-drawn cards rather than dice or other tools such as crystal balls to complete this magical task.

How Can Mental Health Professionals Use Tarot?

The mental health professional may have their client pick a tarot card they believe can help them with their mental health situation.

For example, if the mental health professional thinks the client is struggling with depression, they might ask to pick a card at random. The mental health professional would then use this card to try and guide how to overcome their mental health issue.

Or, the mental health professional asks the client what specific questions they are trying to answer or understand about their mental well-being. Once these questions are responded to, the mental health professional will select random cards to offer insight into the mental health issue at hand.

What Do Mental Health Professionals Think About Using Tarot?

While mental health professionals believe that tarot is a helpful tool, some mental health care providers are still skeptical of it. Many mental health authorities believe that the use of tarot cards should only be used as an additional tool for mental well-being, not as a replacement for other mental health practices. Some mental health professionals even suggest using the cards in combination with counseling or hypnosis because they will be seen as credible by the client.

“Tarot seems to be appealing because it’s very visual and concrete,” said Dr. Paul O’Brien, a clinical psychologist, and director of New York Behavioral Health hospital. “If mental health professionals use tarot as a tool, it should be used as an additional technique to working with clients.”

What About The Mental Health Care Professionals That Like Tarot?

Many mental health care professionals believe that the two practices go hand-in-hand because their work and tarot deal with people’s mental well-being. Psychologists find that they can use cards such as The Lovers or The Wheel of Fortune when explaining how mental illness works – for example, The Wheel of Fortune may be seen in mental health care to signify sudden change. Tarot also lets mental health professionals show their clients that mental health problems are not always rational or predictable, which can help the client feel less afraid of what could happen in the future.

Tarot has also helped mental health professionals by allowing them to see things from their clients’ perspectives. “I sometimes find it helpful for my mental state to step outside myself and look at how I’m reacting to something. That’s one of the benefits of tarot … it allows you to take a break and think about what you’re doing,” said Dr. O’Brien.

Whether you are a mental health professional looking to try out tarot cards with your next client, or just someone trying to learn more about mental, tarot offers insight into mental health.

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