Sandtray Therapy is a Gestalt and Jungian Therapy emphasizing depth psychological transformation. Adults or children participate with a therapist in the Sandtray Therapy room filled with tiny miniatures which represent the world as we see it. I have a dry sandtray in the therapy room. On occasion, the builder will wet the tray in order to mold the sand. The builder is observed by the witnessing psychotherapist while utilizing trees, people, houses and miniature icons to depict a scene in the sand tray. Sandtray Therapy provides an avenue where traumatized children or adults can explore and create new boundaries, work through rage, remobilize defenses and stop isolating behaviors which separate them from the outside world.
Sandtray Therapy is a very fluid process. Psyche is the part of us that knows and expresses itself during Sandtray Therapy. Through expression in the sand, we are able to work creatively with the material brought to consciousness. During this process, we seek to create a sacred space in which the true Self may emerge. Within the safety of this sacred container, healing and transformation are fostered.
When the client confronts their psyche in a gentle way, wounds start to become clearer and begin to heal. Within sand tray, a deeper sense of Self is created and fostered. This is essential to healing the psyche of the client who has been traumatized. Sandtray Therapy is a journey clients are fortunate to embark upon. Consider joining a practice which has Sandtray Therapy as one of the psychotherapeutic treatments with someone like Yolanda Yturralde, MS, MFT. “Sandtray Therapy is wonderful for healing, ego-strenghtening, skill building, and redesigning life situations.”
Group Training for Professionals
Sandtray Therapy training is offered for professional psychotherapists. I have two trays in the room: a dry tray, one which can take water and make the sand wet. We work for a few hours on our own trays and explore the symbology and sacred geometry that emerges. This is an exciting opportunity to learn or practice Sandtray therapy if you haven’t yet discovered it as a part of your psychotherapy practice!