What is Sandplay Therapy?

Sandplay Therapy is a hands-on, expressive counselling and psychotherapy modality that has been in use for over seventy years.

Sandplay forms a bridge between verbal therapy and the expressive therapies, combining elements of each. Sandplay allows the deeper aspects of the psyche to be worked with naturally and in safety, and is highly effective in reducing the emotional causes behind difficult behaviours.

Representing an issue symbolically provides a new perspective and potential solutions. Symbols - objects from nature, figurines, ornaments etc. are arranged in the sandtray to communicate and process feelings, explore issues, and assist with decisions.

Sandplay Therapy allows access to the deeper aspects of the psyche to be worked with naturally and in safety often providing insights and information for healing.


Sandplay Therapy Background

Sandplay Therapy has a background of over 75 year's theoretical, clinical and practical application.

It is considered one of the most effective and probably the safest therapeutic modality and is used by many counsellors and psychologists as a major extension or alternative to cognitive therapies among children, adolescents and adults.

The method of Sandplay used in Expressive Therapies has been developed from the work of Dr Margaret Lowenfeld - a child psychiatrist who pioneered therapeutic play for children in the late 1920's and Dora Kalff, a Jungian therapist who developed sandplay therapy in Switzerland in the 1950's and 60's, The combination of both Jungian and Gestalt approaches are adopted to work with symbolic objects in a sandtray.

Expressive Therapies, developed in Australia by Mark Pearson, Helen Wilson and Patricia Nolan since 1987 has evolved from a blend of expressive personal growth and counselling methods which support the emotional healing of children, adolescents and adults.


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