Sandtray Therapy – a powerful intervention for adults, teens and children
What is Sandtray Therapy?
Sand Tray Therapy is a powerful projective psychotherapy that allows for the nonverbal expression of emotions which facilitates deep psychological healing. Within the safe and protected space provided by the therapist, a client of any age chooses miniatures and creates a “world” in the sand. Children who are not yet developmentally able to verbally discuss abstract concepts create metaphor-rich worlds in the sand that reflect their own inner worlds. Teenagers who may be putting up walls against everyone in their lives and who may be resistant to therapy as well, have nothing to hide when they are working in the sand tray. They quietly build elaborate, often poignant, scenes in the sand. Adults who are engaged in traditional “talk therapy” may eventually feel there is a lack of progress because some experiences for adults are difficult to fully capture on an emotional level when using only words. Sand Tray Therapy provides the opportunity for adults to fully explore their inner landscapes, including their personal histories, past traumas, current struggles, hopes, dreams, and anything that is blocking the way to achieving those dreams.