What people say about "The Fulls"
I have a young child who I see. I suspected there was a lot of suppressed anger and hurt due to circumstances. However, she has been unable to verbalize it to me in any real way. The first time I showed her Numbfull she took him and stuffed Ragefull and Tearfull inside of him and told me that Numbfull needed to have feelings and he had these feelings because his parents left him and he was all alone. Huge break through with her! I can't believe that this simple tool helped do what other items could not. I'm so grateful that you decided to continue with this and I was lucky enough to have heard about them.
Thanks for all you do and creating such a marvelous tool!
“I have LOVED Numbfull and the Fulls. They have been a very valuable tool in my presentations of social and emotional skills development lessons. I use the set to create a concrete version of very abstract ideas. This is especially helpful in my classes with my youngest students. My favorite example is filling Numbfull with the feelings that are often labeled as "bad" and talking about how they get bigger and bigger until we talk with someone we trust. Then I take them out and show how much more comfortable Numbfull will feel. We also discuss how the "uncomfortable" feelings don't disappear, but we just share them with others. It sends a powerful message. I also utilize the set in my small groups. They work great for check-ins of where the kids are "at" when they come to group, and how they feel as they leave. The individual Fulls are also great as "mascots" when I am talking about specific topics. For example, I've used "Powerfull" when I talk about solving bullying problems by refusing or reporting to an adult.The Numbfull and the Fulls set is a great teaching tool!
Stacy Bembinster Elementary School Counselor Janesville, Wisconsin
I can’t imagine a counselor not having these…..
Numbfull and The Fulls are my most valuable tools.”
Christy Chirin Middle School Counselor
“In therapy sessions, it is difficult to distinguish who is having the most fun or who has gained the most from the experience – parents, children or therapist, perhaps that is because everyone benefits from using them.”
Elaine Korsch, MSW, CDCC
“Numbfull and The Fulls are the very best guidance resource I have found in 25 years of teaching. I use Numbfull in the classroom, with groups, and in individual counseling. Numbfull and The Fulls encourages students to experience feelings and talk about feelings in non-threatening way……”
“Where is Numbfull and when are you bringing him back?”
Carol Bleifield, School Counselor
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Amazing and astounding are apt descriptors of the impact of using Numbfull and the Fulls in a therapeutic setting. Since their creation by Barb Kobe, they have been an integral part of my therapy practice with children, adolescents and adults, and in particular, the one named Powerfull has conveyed an important message of empowerment across the developmental spectrum. Barb's ability to take feeling concepts and put them in a visual and kinesthetic form has encouraged greater integration for clients and is a valuable tool of transformation. I applaud her for bringing her creativity into the therapy world.
Kathy Wise, MA, Licensed Psychologist, Minneapoliis,
Numbful and The Fulls are a wonderful resource for me as a therapist. I work with teens and adults, and of all of the "toys" in my office, these are by FAR the ones my clients check out and use! They help clients talk about and own feelings in a way that feels safe to them. Everyone identifies with these feeling dolls. HIGHLY recommend!!
Robin McLeod, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Counseling Psychologists of Woodbury, MN
"I used them daily at Valley View Elementary in Minnesota. They were powerful tools to help kids validate and talk about their feelings. With the "Fulls", they would open up and talk. Without them, many kids had trouble finding the words. I think they were magical."
Elaine Amond, LCSW School Social Worker