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 Farmington Hills, MI

Sandtray therapy is an expressive and projective process which helps children and families process their issues and emotions. Children with trauma have difficulty with expressing their pain. It is easier for them to use the sand tray and miniatures to express their feelings as sand tray provides a safe place and gives children a sense of control. Sandtray Therapy often helps children access pre-verbal experiences that are in the unconscious mind (right brain).

— Janine Kelly, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Basking Ridge, NJ

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 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

Sometimes people have a hard time saying what's on their mind either because they can't articulate it or because their brain works more in pictures than in words. Enter Sand Tray Therapy. A client is given a prompt based on what they are working on in therapy or by identifying something they want to work through. By choosing figurines and placing them in a sand tray world, a client can problem solve and learn more about themselves. It's pretty awesome.

— Michelle Fortier, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tallahassee, FL

Sandtray is an expressive therapy that uses a tray of sand and a set of figures to create scenes that reflect one's inner experience including those experiences that are pre-verbal or the person may have no words to express. When these experiences can be expressed they can then be transformed.

— Hyacinth Morgan, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sand tray is a great expressive therapy for all ages. Using sand, water and miniatures, the client is able to express repressed underlying thought patterns and world-view perspectives through this soothing creative expression.

— Katherine Crane, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rockwall, TX

Sand tray therapy allows individuals to build their world using miniatures and sand. This experiential technique is helpful for all ages to visualize aspects of their current situation they may not have considered otherwise.

— Morgan Ticum, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Lenexa, KS