Is Sandtray Therapy an Effective Intervention?
If you are a practitioner who is considering sandtray as an adjunct to your interventions, we believe that you can enhance your effectiveness with many clients by using expressive art activities such as sandtray.
* A structured environment in which client metaphors can be created and explored.
* A visual representation of the client’s issues that helps you and the client continue to focus on core issues throughout the session. Clients typically look repeatedly at the symbols in their scenes even after they have explored them, which provide an external guide to return to the issues.
* A deeper experience for the client. Clients often stop themselves and avoid a full experience of their feelings. Sandtray therapy facilitates a deeper exploration of self.
* Stuck clients require an indirect method of facilitating therapeutic movement. When clients look at their own metaphors they can bypass defenses and move through resistance.
If you are a play therapist, sandtray is a play therapy intervention that can be utilized with children (eight and older), adolescents and adults. Like play therapy, sandtray therapy clients express themselves metaphorically. Although the processing phase of humanistic sandtray therapy is much more verbal than play therapy with preoperational children, the use of metaphor is similar to play therapy. Thus, it is a natural fit for play therapists to use sandtray with older clients.
If you are interested in learning more about sandtray, we have created a 6-part sandtray training video series found below: