Sandplay is “hands on” psychological work, and is an adjunct to talk therapy. It is a powerful therapeutic method that facilitates the psyche’s natural capacity for healing.
In a “free and protected” space provided by a trained sandplay therapist, the client creates a concrete manifestation from his or her imagination using sand, water, and miniature objects. In this way Sandplay helps honor and illuminate the client’s internal symbolic world, providing a place for its expression within a safe container.
With sufficient time and understanding, a sandplay experience can lead the client into layers of experience that are pre-verbal and long forgotten to the conscious mind. Through the tangible emergence of personal and archetypal symbols in the tray in a safe environment, the client moves toward a sense of balance and wholeness.
Harriet Friedman and Rie Rogers Mitchell
Adults and Children
Sandplay can be used with a wide range of clients. It has shown to be effective with children with anxiety, developmental delays, school problems, family problems, OCD , and self-esteem issues, Children play it out using their natural inner language.
Sandplay can also effective with adults. As a matter of fact, many therapists only work with adults. It can help with symptoms of trauma that might have occur at a pre-verbal age.