Sand Tray Therapy

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I have studied using sand tray therapy and have used it often in my work over the past few years. I receive supervision for my sand tray work with clients.

— Lauren Krzyzaniak, Licensed Professional Counselor in Saginaw, MI

I have training in Sandtray through an online program called the Southern Sandtray Institute. I've also attended a Sandtray summit to get more hands on experience in sandtray. I have experience using sandtray with adults to help bring about deep change and healing. Sandtray helps clients use both parts of their brain, which can be especially helpful for grief and trauma. On top of this, sandtray can be a refreshing change to traditional talk therapy or when talking isn't working.

— Robin Poage, Clinical Social Worker in Naperville, IL

I am trained in both Foundations and Advanced Techniques in Sand Tray Play Therapy, including the use of Sandtray to resolve trauma, virtual uses of Sand Tray, and the combination of EMDR & Sandtray techniques. Trauma affects the area of the brain dedicated to speech and reason, making it hard to fully process using only words. Sand Tray is a great tool for all ages (children through adults) that can allow you to process past events using your creative right brain.

— Jamie Martos, Therapist in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

I utilize Sand Tray Therapy as an expressive technique and intervention to tap into the non-verbal, emotional and creative side of the brain. Clients use a variety of miniatures placed in a sand tray to symbolically identify and work through thoughts, feelings, behaviors, conflicts and struggles. Most people are able to gain new perspectives and insights that are quite meaningful for them.

— Lori Allen, Licensed Professional Counselor in West Monroe, LA

Sand Tray therapy is a modality that allows a person to create their internal world externally through the utilization of miniatures in the sand. It is a creative way to express yourself in a different way than talk therapy and allows a person's inner thoughts, struggles and concerns to be reflected in the sand and to gain a different perspective. I am currently trained in Sand Tray levels one and two and am excited to continue my education in sand tray.

— Mary Moran, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chandler,

Completed Certification and additional course work in Sand Tray Therapy.

— Carmina Blasko, Licensed Professional Counselor in Monument, CO

Especially for children, using objects in a sand tray can be a more effective pathway for expression than hard-to-find words. Relational configurations in the sand can also enable experimenting with moves that can get us unstuck and bring relief.

— W Ellen Raboin, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

I trained in Sand Tray Tberapy in 2016 and I utilize this in my office with adult clients who are "stuck in their heads" and need to connect with the more creative parts of their brain.

— Melissa Wright, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aliso Viejo, CA

I am passionate about using sand tray play therapy with my adult populations. Sand tray helps us get behind the words when talking about our “stuff” is difficult. Sand tray is also a very effective technique for trauma therapy that can help us externalize our experience to help us process it.

— Josh Johnson, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Murfreesboro, TN

I use Sand Tray to unlock emotions and traumas in kids, teens, and adults. If you go to my website,, you will see a small part of my Sand Tray figures collection.

— Margaret (Peggy) Farrell, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Mateo, CA