What is Sandtray Therapy?

Sand tray therapy is a form of expressive therapy, much like play and art therapy. Sand tray therapy is used with people that have experienced trauma, neglect, or abuse. It provides insight into a person's inner turmoil when then may not have the capacity to vocalize what they are feeling. 

Sand Tray at work

Sand tray therapy is like an ice breaker. It allows a client to warm up to the act off expression. Often a therapist may start with a prompt such as "show me your family." From here a client will pick and choose props to help them tell their story. The client engages in "free play" where they place and arrange their props to articulate their experience. The therapist will watch and make note of the details offered up by the client - where the trauma happened, or where the client is stuck in their emotional process. The client will continue to build and play. Often times talking is encouraged, but it not enforced. At the end of the play session the therapist will talk with the client about why they chose to represent their world in such a way. 

Is Sand Tray Therapy Right for me?

Ask yourself:

  • Are you, or your child, loosing productivity due to the effects of trauma, abuse, or neglect?

  • Do you, or your child, have difficulty articulating emotions or thoughts?

  • Have you tried other therapy processes with little, to no results?

  • Are you eager for a new avenue of expression and emotional processing?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then sand tray therapy may be an option for you!

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