|What is Sandplay
Sandplay therapy is a nonverbal, therapeutic intervention
that makes use of a sandbox, toy figures, and water, to create
scenes of miniature worlds that reflect a person's inner
thoughts, struggles, and concerns. This form of play therapy
is practiced along with talk therapy, using the sandbox and
figures as communication tools.
How it Works
Sandplay therapy was developed in the late 1950s by
psychologist Dora Kalff, who combined several techniques and
philosophies to come up with her own therapeutic approach.
Kalff learned what became known as the World Technique from
pediatrician and child psychologist Margaret Lowenfeld, who
developed the original sand-tray intervention. Kalff
incorporated the use of sand trays into her own form of therapy,
which was based on her Jungian training and Eastern
philosophical beliefs. With the help of sand trays, clients,
guided by the therapist, begins to understand the connection
between the world they created in sand and their own inner world.
By making changes in their make-believe world, clients are often
empowered to make similar changes in their real world.
When It's Used
Sandplay therapy is often used with those who have suffered
some form of trauma, neglect, abuse and for others who are
exploring a deeper sense of self. Although sandplay is
especially well suited for working with young children, who
often cannot express their inner feelings in words, it is also
a technique that is helpful for teens and adults who are having
trouble expressing themselves and who may have suffered some
form of severe trauma.
What to Expect
Sandplay therapy uses a container referred to as a sand
tray. The trays are filled with sand that clients use, along
with miniature toys, to create a play world that reflects some
aspect of real people and real experiences in their own lives.
The client chooses from a large collection of toys and builds a
small "world" in the tray that reflects what is going on in
their lives. The therapist observes the choice and arrangement
of toys without interruption, allowing the person to find
answers within themselves. After sandplay is completed, the
client and therapist reflect and discuss the client's choice
of objects, their arrangement pattern in the sand, and their
symbolic or metaphoric meanings. Sandplay therapy may consist
of a few sessions or last as long as several years.
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