Bridge Sand Tray Example Technique

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bridge sand tray therapy example and technique

bridge sand tray therapy example and technique

Here is my sand tray therapy tray built around a bridge. I created the sand tray therapy bridge out of toothpicks using a hot glue gun. I have never created a bridge before and was unsure of how it would come out, especially if it would be functional. I knew I wanted it to be able to stand in an arch, and after I played around with the toothpicks for awhile I quickly came up with the format. I built the sides first, but then realized that I’d need to reinforce them with additional toothpicks. I then added the sticks that lay horizontal across the bridge. I added them on the bottom or edge of one end of the bridge and worked my way across to the other end. The hardest part of constructing the bridge was making sure everything was even. My bridge ended up being a little slanted. After reinforcing the weak parts of the bridge and making sure the glue was dry, painted it with brown craft paint and a sponge. I must say I am quite proud of my little bridge. It is not perfect, but I would not change it. The only thing I worry about is that the ends are kind of sharp so I would be cautious when using with children.
Next I constructed my sand tray around the bridge. The bridge is in the center of the sand tray with a river running underneath it. I put fences on either side of the river. Underneath the bridge is a bed of rocks. There are rocks scattered throughout the sand tray. There is also some greenery on the upper left corner. The sand tray is really soothing to me and so is nature. Therefore I usually put some part of nature in my sand trays. The miniatures in this sand tray represent various things to me. The bridge represents transition. Which I believe can accurately describe my life right now. I am a semester away from graduating so that transition is a big focus in my life as well as the transition to being a counselor. So on the left corner of the sand tray is a purple fuzzy that represents school to my right now. The shark is the good and bad experiences I’ve had since being school. The green bug crossing the bridge is me. It picked it because it looks happy and cheery. One the other side (the right side) of the tray is a family of horses. These are some of my favorite miniatures and they represent family to me. Once I graduate I want to settle down and start a family. At my age all my friends are getting married and starting families so that is a big part of my life right now. There is not a lot on the right side of the tray. I’d like to think I’m leaving behind a lot of the stress and some things I’ve gone through in school behind and move on to a more peaceful life.

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