Video #1: How Does Sandtray Therapy Work? Student #4 Summer 2013

by Perry Birbrager
(Sandy Springs, GA)

Sandtray therapy has an advantage over talk therapy in that it is indirect, less threatening. Talking about topics such as abuse is difficult. Miniatures allow for expression through symbolic metaphorical miniatures. Using miniatures helps clients get unstuck. They are stuck in places that they have trouble getting out of.

Sandtray Therapy helps clients go deeper into issues. It is best used with clients who can go deeper. The tray itself acts like a cotherapist. The client looks at scene in the sand and it brings out many emotions

When is it best to use sand tray therapy? The number one rule of sand tray therapy is that it should only be used when clients truly trust therapist. If trust is lacking, the experience can be frustrating for client and therapist due to resistance. Sandtray therapy is best used after a loss, such as a job or a death, and is perfect for grief issues.

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