Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy Grief Counseling Technique

by Play Therapy Student
(Atlanta)

Play Therapy: Sand Tray Therapy Grief Counseling Technique Example

Play Therapy: Sand Tray Therapy Grief Counseling Technique Example

Play Therapy: Sand Tray Therapy Grief Counseling Technique Example Play Therapy: Sand Tray Therapy for Grief Therapy

While completing this play therapy and sand tray therapy assignment, I was really sad over problems going on in my family. I turned this into a grief therapy project.

I lost my mom, brother, and grandfather, so I truly cherish my children, dad and grandmother. Lately my grandmother’s other children have been arguing over who she will leave her house and other possessions to once she passes. This is quite upsetting because:
1. she is still alive and
2. no material items in the world would matter to me if one more close family member were taken from me.

So when I sat down to work on my sand tray for my sand tray therapy class, all these things were on my mind. My sand tray depicts an island that I sometimes wish I could be placed on. Frogs are my absolute favorites so I made an island within an island with one of my frog collectables.

This collectable set of frogs represent the fact that though I am surrounded by love and loved ones on my “family island” I still need to pull away from them at times on my own separate island. I put: myself (pink princess), my three children (Christmas ornaments), my dad (purple crown) and my grandmother (pink crown) on my island.

The flowers are there to add joy to the island in the face of evil and danger. The flowers are also there because even though my grandmother is 89 years old, she still enjoys tending to her flowers in her yard.

The alligators and scorpion represent that evil and danger that we can see. The sharks in the water stand for the dangers we cannot see but are always there. I left the blue showing to illustrate how beautiful something may seem even though there may be underlying dangers within this beauty.

I immediately thought of my other family members who are currently arguing over material possessions. Family can be such a wonderful thing to be a part of (like the beautiful blue water), but they can also be your worst nightmare (like the sharks within).

To be completely honest, it took a while for me to get into completing this sand tray therapy assignment. I could not really decide on where to go with it or how to complete it. However, when I finally sat down to complete it, it was to take my mind off of what was going on with me and to just get it over with. I had no particular theme or plan in mind.

I began to use the miniatures to “talk” through my issues without even realizing it. I am not suggesting that my problems were resolved through this assignment; however, I did begin to better understand how this process could work. I plan to get more training and understanding of this type of sand tray and play therapy.

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