Sandplay is a type of play therapy, a creative expression of the soul. It is a hands on method of therapy using the natural elements of sand and water along with miniatures to create scenes in the sand. A method that supports the psyche's natural tendency to heal. Sandplay therapy provides a soothing means to work through challenges when talking is difficult. It facilitates healing of the psyche beyond words. Highly suitable for children, youth & adults. Using a Jungian analysis of the worlds created in the sand it supports emerging awareness and a deepening knowledge of the self. A process that results in a calming and peace.
The phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" is key in sandplay therapy. It is not dependent on you finding just the right words, which is often difficult and even impossible for some people. Sandplay uses pictures and symbolism to express, providing a deeper and richer meaning than is available through language only.
"Scientists have recently determined that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain - unless it is done with play, in which case, it takes between 10 - 20 repetitions".
Dr. Karyn Purvis
Any creative activity draws on the unconscious in its expression. Sandplay Therapy is the same, making the unconscious more visible in a contained, safe space. Awareness is the first step to change. Painful experiences can be observed from a distance, minimizing the possibility of re-traumatization. As an observer one can see themselves in a new healing way.
Sandplay therapy has been used very successfully with adults, youth and children. Because it reaches beyond words, it can help those who struggle with language in any way. It can also be helpful for those who use excessive talking to distract from painful feelings. It is ideal for those whose painful experiences are too difficult to talk about. Those painful experiences can be expressed as an observer without the need to talk about it
Using either wet or dry sand, choose from many miniatures those that "speak" to you in a pleasant or even unpleasant way. Then create a scene in the sand. Shape or mold the sand in any way to tell your story. Share your story, if you choose, with the therapist.