What Exactly is
"Sand Tray Therapy"?
In addition to
traditional "Talk" Therapy, Art Therapy,
and Play Therapy, many therapists make
use of another expressive means known as Sand Tray
in Sand Tray Therapy utilize a standard size tray
containing sand--either dry or wet depending on the
choice of the participant or the needs of the
Sand Tray Therapists
typically have a large wall of narrow shelves
containing many figures and images that the
participant may freely choose from to create and
display their "world."
Sand Tray Therapy,
Art Therapy does not ask the therapist to interpret
the participant's sand tray world. Instead the
role of the therapist is to be mentally and
emotionally present with the participant, witness
the building of the sand tray world, and
finally to listen to the participant as he or she
comes to intuitively understand the meanings created
in the work.
therapists provide reflections and validations as
the participant seeks to explain the "world" he or
she has created. Underlying feelings and
concerns are typically uncovered in the process as
well as intuitive means to progress through
identified difficulties with the support of the
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