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Sand Tray Therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach that allows children, adolescents and even adults to create three-dimensional scenes or designs that express and mediate between their inner and outer worlds. Sand Tray Therapy consists of a tray filled with sand (dry and or wet) and a plethora of choices of different toys, miniatures, figurines and objects that are placed in the tray in any order the client desires. The design of the sand tray is guided by the client’s imagination and their subconscious. The result is a microcosm of their inner world.
The world within the sand tray is expressed through symbolism and metaphor, and may not even make immediate sense to the client. But aided by the therapist, a client, even a child, can begin to recognize the relationship between the creation in the sand and their own inner world. “The sandplay picture is to the psyche what an x-ray is to the body”.
The sandplay process helps clients with a sense of self control, self-esteem, identity formation, empathy, expression of feelings, a deeper examination of worries or fears, autonomy, and allows the expression of the unspeakable and acceptance of the unacceptable. Perspectives Counselling utilizes therapeutic play in therapy modalities such as Sand Tray Therapy to help clients safely and appropriately manage and express feelings.
Although Sand Tray Therapy may look like child’s play, it is a highly therapeutic and multidimensional form of therapy that can provide immense emotional release and realization for a client.
At Perspectives Counselling & Psychological Services, we believe the most effective mechanisms for change are through education, the therapeutic relationship and hope.
The entire therapeutic process is an educational experience. Individuals learn their own contribution to the present situation, enabling them to recognize their own power and ability to produce change.
Change is contagious and once adaptive behaviors are identified, labeled and positively reinforced, they can often trigger more change.
Sand Tray Therapy