Sandtray Therapy Technique - Extended Play Activity To Try for Clients

by Sand Tray Therapy Student
(Atlanta, GA)

First Day Extended Sand Tray Therapy Technique

First Day Extended Sand Tray Therapy Technique

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I did my extended sand tray therapy activity as soon as I got home Monday night from class until Sunday night when I have to put the sand tray away in my car for Monday morning. In the meantime I had even gotten some new miniatures and some new foliage looking things that I had been wanting for the longest.

On a complete side note I could totally see how people could spend some serious money on miniatures because I know I wanted an old pirate looking ship at one point and I couldn’t find one for less than close to $20 and well honestly as a student I have a limit to what I’m willing to spend on these miniatures.

Anyways back to the extended sand tray therapy technique; it was a great experience. I just kept adding every day or I just would move some of the miniatures in my world around. Then towards the end I started taking them away completely and only keeping particular areas intact.
The extended tray was a great experience particularly since I realized how private the world was for me.

One night my mom walked into the room where my sand tray was and started to look and just stare at it and I immediately became defensive and asked her to just walk away from the tray. She then started to laugh and told me that it wasn’t so serious and I just had to catch myself and hold my tongue because I really wanted to start to kind of go off about my world.

I didn’t think I would be so sensitive about it but there I was feeling highly violated and as though someone had just barged in while I’m changing or something. It really let me know how private some of this is.

I also realized that some of what I put in the tray I rarely speak about and at times don’t even know how to speak about it or explain the experience. I’m still not sure I would know how to speak on the experiences but to see it in the sand was astonishing and felt amazing in some way.

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