Family Sand Tray for Sand Tray Therapy

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Sand Tray Therapy & The Family Tray

Sand Tray Therapy & The Family Tray

My work with sand tray therapy has been very relaxing, and enlightening. Originally, I only associated it with child therapy but I can see therapeutic benefits for all ages and genders.

From the beginning, working with the sand tray therapy was calming just because I enjoy the feel of sand and how malleable it is. I have a mini zen garden in my office at work that i often turn to in times of stress, often between seeing difficult people (in my profession, the norm, unfortunately. Just playing in the sand relaxed my mind and made me more open to freely express myself through the miniatures without overthinking and getting in my own way.

When it came time to assign meaning to my miniatures, I realized I chose the car to represent myself. I think this is because, 1) I love classic cars and 2) they are always on the move. Next to me, is the miniature for my boyfriend, the basketball player. I think I chose that figure because he is larger than the others, and is a very important part of my daily life. The 6 purple miniatures behind me represent my 5 younger siblings and mother, because purple is my favorite color and they support everything I do.

My dad is represented as a soldier, kind of off to the side, yet still behind me, because he also supports me, yet is more distant from the family, particularly since he is moving to Afghanistan for work for the next 2 years on Friday.

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