Anger Management Sand Tray in Sand Tray Therapy

by Student # 7
(Sand Tray Therapy Student: Stockbridge, Ga)

Anger Management Sand Tray in Sand Tray Therapy

Anger Management Sand Tray in Sand Tray Therapy

This sand tray therapy anger management tray represents my angry side. I have an alligator, tiger, and a scorpion in the front of my tray. These animals represent aggression, are extremely dangerous, and can inflict a lot of pain on their enemies. Behind those miniatures, I have a line of army men because when I get really angry, I am definitely ready for battle (verbally). The army men have their weapons drawn, and represents me literally saying , “bring it on” to whomever is against me at the moment. I have a volcano behind the army men. Volcanoes are explosive when they erupt; the volcano represents what my anger looks like after it has been bottled up for a long period of time-which is not healthy or beneficial for me. In the back, I have fireworks in one corner, an image of a brain in the other corner with a ticking time bomb going off inside and a miniature of an angry character, although I’m not sure of the name of this particular character.
I believe that we have emotions for a reason. Anger can be used in a healthy way sometimes propel us to accomplish goals and make beneficial changes in our lives; most often, however, anger is very destructive, and if we do not learn how to manage that emotion properly, it can cause pain not only to others but to ourselves as well. Even though I was not angry when I put this tray together, I know that anger is something that I am learning how to control in my life; I do not want it to become a stronghold in my life and tarnish all of the good I have worked to achieve. This type of tray can be good for clients who have anger management issues because it can help them to see just how destructive their anger is and how it can negatively impact their lives and those around them.

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