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Therapeutic Tarot: Self-Care & Interpersonal Effectiveness Spread

Katey Flowers


As part of my Therapeutic Tarot video series, I have put together a sweet and simple tarot spread based on the Interpersonal Effectiveness module in DBT (Dialectic Behavioural Therapy). In this module, we learn how to approach the people in our lives to ensure our needs are met and our relationships are healthy.

Although inspired by this module, this spread is versatile and can be used for almost any situation. The whole idea, though, is that we can take a look at what we're thinking and feeling about and wanting from the situation. And of course, we have to take care of ourselves through the process, so we have a position for that, too!

So, let's take a look at the positions:

1. I think

What thoughts and beliefs are you experiencing regarding the situation? 

2. I Feel

What feelings are underlying your experience in this situation? 

3. I Want

What is it that you're hoping to achieve? What outcome are you wanting?

4. Self-Care Solution

And finally, what is it that you really need? What can you be doing for yourself that will help manage any stress or distress you're facing?

And that's it! As I said, sweet and simple! But that is my intention with these Therapeutic Tarot exercises: that they are simple enough to be useful when we are experiencing some emotional or mental distress. 

If you'd like a more detailed explanation of the spread, along with a bit of a sample reading, you can check out the corresponding video:

I hope you find this little spread helpful!

Much love,