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Sandtray Therapy


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.


New to sandplay therapy?

Follow this link to a new STA-sponsored film:  ”What is Sandplay Therapy?”

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