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Sand Tray 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 acts as an ice breaker allowing clients to warm up to the act of 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. 

Think this may help you, or your family?

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?

Sand Tray Therapy is remarkably powerful in developing emotional regulation.

If you answered yes to any of the above, then Sand Tray Therapy may be for you!

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