“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” C. G. Jung
SandPlay is a non-verbal form of therapy which I use frequently incorporate into my sessions as I work towards gaining official certification. Both children and adults have seen the benefit of this technique in which miniatures are chosen and placed in the sand. This method was developed by Swiss therapist Dora Kalff, who was a colleague and friend of the famous psychologist Carl G. Jung. The idea behind SandPlay is that there are conflicts, ideas, and motivations in each persons' unconscious that cannot be accessed verbally. By choosing miniatures (small toys and other objects that are readily available near the sandbox), a scene is constructed in the free and protected space of the sand. There is no right or wrong way to create a tray, and many have found that working in the sand can help with trauma, anxiety, and depression.
I'm excited to announce that I officially achieved my SandPlay Practitioner Status approval in February of 2018. For more information on SandPlay, visit the SandPlay Therapists of America website at www.sandplay.org.