Therapists cannot give of themselves unless they take care of themselves. Even though this idea is simple and logical in many ways, it is easy for therapists to disregard it. In addition, although self-care is talked about in counselor preparation programs, I do not see the topic emphasized. It is almost an after thought. The…

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Sandplay The Jungian approach to sandtray is known as sandplay. The term sandplay was coined by Kalff (1971) who described the process as ?a union of opposites through the act of playing? (Kalff, 1981, p.vii). Bradway (2006) described three distinguishing characteristics of sandplay: process, delayed interpretation and dual processes. Bradway (2006) explained that sandplay is…

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When many people think of counseling or therapy, they may think of insight. People want to know why they feel the way they do, struggle with the same behavioral patterns or have negative thoughts. In fact, insight is valued highly by most people and even more by highly educated people. I believe that insight is…

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Humanistic therapists view the client as self-actualizing and “endowed with an inherent tendency to develop his or her potential” (Cain, 2002, p. 3). Clients are seen as having the ability to use inner resources for growth. Humanistic therapists believe that people are capable of being self-aware and responsible for the choices they make. Clients are…

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What is the value of a experiencing a feeling fully during the processing phase of a sandtray session? Actually, allowing oneself to experience feelings fully has several payoffs. First, there is an issue of being comfortable with what goes on in my own skin. How comfortable am I with my own experience? I like to…

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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…

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I typically begin the processing phase of the session by saying “Tell me about your scene.” However, if the client is feeling something during the creation phase, I try to start where she is. Excerpt from Sandtray Therapy: A Humanistic Approach (p. 68) The humanistic approach to sandtray that is described in this book steers…

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