Sandtray provides clients with another medium through which they can express themselves. As I have mentioned, I only use sandtray with clients who trust me on a fairly deep level. I am not comfortable with the idea of selling the client on the idea. If the client is reluctant to do sandtray, we do not do it. Later in the course of therapy, I may bring it up again if I think it would be therapeutic. Homeyer and Sweeney (1998) noted that sandtray “should be used purposefully and intentionally” (p. 53). They stressed that the therapist must be clear regarding the purpose and timing of using sandtray with a particular client. In addition to mentioning developmental considerations, Homeyer and Sweeney recommended good times to use sandtray as an intervention with clients. One suggestion was to use sandtray as a change of pace with clients as a way to re-energize the therapeutic process or to take the therapy to a deeper level. This recommendation is similar to a concept in humanistic sandtray therapy: sandtray can be helpful when a client is stuck.
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