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Sandplay Therapy 
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SandplayWhat 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.

SandplayWhen 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.

SandplayWhat 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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HcpcJean Beolan Gascoigne - Art Therapy Works - Art Psychotherapist -
MSc Art Therapy - Cert. Educational and Therapeutic Application of the Arts -
B.A. Hons Fine Art - BTEC Dip. Art Design - Cert. Counselling
Art Therapy Works, 15 Collin Heights, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, BT38 8NU
Tel: 07966 434499 Email:
jean@art-therapy-works.com