During the creation of the scene, I try to be as present as possible but I do not talk. It is important for clients to have an internal experience of connecting to and selecting miniatures. I do not want to interrupt their internal process but I want them to know that I am with them when they are experiencing the moment of creating the scene. If available, I have music playing at a low volume in the background during this phase of the session.
Interestingly, some sandtray therapists believe that the healing process in sandtray is in the creation phase of sandtray only. Therefore, these therapists do not process the tray with the client (Boik & Goodwin, 2000). Other therapists use the scene in the sandtray as a springboard for verbal interaction. The humanistic approach described in this book is to appreciate and value the healing process that occurs during the scene creation phase and to use the scene as a springboard. The verbal processing of the tray extends and expands the inner work that began during the creation of the scene.
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