Sand tray therapy is similar to art therapy in that it’s a type of therapy that encourages hands-on self-expression.
In sand tray therapy, you use a blue sand tray, the blue representing the sky or a body of water. A wide selection of miniatures such as human figurines, objects of folklore or fantasy, objects of nature, buildings, vehicles, etc. are provided to create worlds inside the tray.
Sand tray therapy occurs in conjunction with talk therapy. Not every session will involve sand tray therapy. Photos of the worlds you create may be taken, and I will work with you to analyze and discuss your choices after several sessions.
How Can Sand Tray Therapy Help Me?
As Carl Jung said, “Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” Sand tray therapy allows your inner psyche to create a unique three-dimensional world within a safe container; it may incorporate long forgotten or buried memories.
If you struggle with perfectionism or have difficulty expressing yourself verbally for any reason, sand tray therapy can help you open up and access deeper self-awareness than you might achieve with talk therapy alone.