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Sandplay Therapy         

 

           Sandplay therapy is a simple and effective play therapy that can be used with all age groups.  It is a form of active imagination that allows the unconscious to reveal itself.  The individual is presented with a vast array of toys that can be placed in a sandbox about 3' x 2' x 3.”  The bottom is painted blue to create the impression of water if sand above a spot is removed.  The toys cover a full range of human characters plus plants and animals, mythical and frightening figures, vehicles, house-hold items, buildings, etc.  The individual may chose to extend a dream or simply see what emerges during the sandplay process.  The effect on the sandplayer and the observing therapist is like watching a dream unfold.  The sandbox provides what Dora Kalff called "a free and protected space" which allows the individual to freely express themselves because the space is bounded, it can be objectively observed, and a therapist is present.  The sandplayer can say as much or as little as they want about the final product which is usually very intimate and revealing.  The sandtray is photographed and a copy given to the client to allow the scene to keep working on the creator.  Sandplay can be used as the primary mode of therapy or as an occasional playful, non-verbal adjunct to the analytic process. 

 

Photographs (click on them to see a larger photo)

 

 

Shelves with toys

 

Sandtray of an adult male (A)

 

More toys

Sandtray of an adult male (B)

 

 

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