by Sand Tray Therapy Student
Day 1 of 7-Extended Sandtray Therapy for Student 4
This is day 1 of seven from July 6th of my extended sand tray for sand tray therapy class. It speaks to the very stressful time I am going through in the months of May and June.
In this sand tray you see the red miniature which represents me and some of the most stressful times of my life. The rhino and bear represent life's responsibilities, charging along. Things like graduate school, my job, bills, loans still occur during stress. The owl represents my grandfather, who is slowly passing away from the effects of a stroke, which include being unable to eat, swallow, or move. The camel represents me carrying so much on my back, from being there emotionally for my family. The wooden bear sitting up represents my pregnant sister, who is currently in the hospital awaiting the birth of her second child. The guy between the prisoner and the owl represents my looking up to god, curious as to why all of this is happening at once, very overwhelming in of itself.
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