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Describe Cards review - The Therapist's Bookshelf
Describe Cards review

Describe Cards review


The Describe card deck comes with 104 cards, each with an adjective and three questions related to it.  There is also a booklet with ideas of how to use the cards in your sessions and even more ideas can be found here.

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About the author:

Describe Cards were developed by Rob Reinhardt LPC Supervisor with a private practice in North Carolina. He’s a board certified counselor and CEO of Tame Your Practice which offers advice and coaching to therapist-entrepreneurs.

What we love:

I’ve shared these with several other therapists in my office and everyone has loved them.  They are especially great with teens who can struggle to find the words to label their emotions.  I’ve also had some really beautiful sessions when I have used them with couples who were having trouble articulating their distress.

I love the variety of the adjectives.  Just about every emotion is covered in these cards.  The questions can be great conversation starters too.


Describe cards have a wide range of emotions and adjectives.

What we didn’t:

Describe Cards are a great addition to your practice but you probably aren’t going to use them every session.  While I think just about anyone could do the activities with the cards, the insight your client really gets out of them will be influenced by your therapeutic skills.

Clinical Use:

If you’re the type of therapist who likes to use activities or manipulatives in session, these are a must have. I also think they are a great tool for beginner therapists because you can use them to guide the session and help focus on emotions.

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Describe Cards


Final Grade


Le Shepard

Le Shepard, LPC earned her MA in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. She sees clients face to face at Wise County Christian Counseling and works with individuals or couples through her online-only private practice. 1000 Hills Counseling & Consulting. Le loves to read, adventure, and play with her corgi or kids.

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