I use this technique a lot with my sand tray therapy clients who are children or are women. I buy small shadow boxes and fill them with sand.
You can also get a sturdy small box top and use it as well. I tell the client this is their personal fairy garden sand tray.
I put a little note on the sand tray therapy fairy garden and explain to the sand tray therapy client that each time they come to a session the garden sand tray fairy will leave them something small.
I do not allow the client to take the sand tray therapy fairy sand tray garden home until their final session. Then I give it to them as a gift to remember the therapeutic experience.
I often have sand tray therapy clients return because of this simple little sand tray. Many children have said they really did not want to come back to therapy, but came just to see what the sand tray therapy fairy brought them. Go figure!
The items I place in the sand tray therapy fairy garden are small. Sometimes it is a flower from outside, a rock, or a sea shell. Often I put an affirmation I think the sand tray therapy client will respond well to. I also love to put little fake gems in the sand tray therapy fairy sand tray.
Below is the note I attach to the Fairy Sand Tray Therapy Garden when I give this as a gift to my sand tray therapy clients who I feel will benefit from this type of sand tray therapy work.
Fairy Garden Sand Tray Therapy Message: Cut out and place on your Fairy Garden Sand Tray.
Fairy Garden Sand Tray:
Put your wishes in the
Sand Fairy’s Garden and
they will come true.
She will also leave you
some surprises all year
long if you put your
garden where she can
Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.
*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed mental health professional immediately.
"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.
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