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What is Sandplay Therapy?

One of Beth’s post-graduate areas of expertise is in a form of experiential therapy known as Jungian Sandplay.

This creative form of therapy uses a sandbox that contains either wet or dry sand, and a wide variety of miniatures from which the client creates a sand "picture". This picture allows the client to explore deeper layers of meaning in their unconscious processes. Through the creation of a series of sand pictures, the client is able to integrate the psychological issues that have developed, often more quickly than utilizing other forms of therapy. Sandplay allows the client to access their own capacity to find solutions to the problems that are presenting themselves. It is an experiential tool that can reveal tremendous insight and further ideas to explore.

Sandplay therapy was developed nearly fifty years ago by Dora Kalff, a Swiss psychologist who worked closely with Carl Jung. In addition to Jung, her work was influenced by Margaret Lowenfeld, D.W. Winnicott, Zen Buddhism and Eastern spirituality. Sandplay is widely practiced throughout the world by many different cultures.

Sandplay is applicable to help treat people of any age ~ children, adolescents and adults and in a number of modalities including individual, couples and family therapy.

Sandplay is helpful in addressing such issues as:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Life Cycle Issues – birth, death, divorce & ageing
  • Trauma
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Aggression and Anger Management
  • Many other concerns

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