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Play Therapy Sand Tray can be used in School Counseling
I can see how I can use the sand tray therapy and the mandala in school counseling. It just needs to be modified and I cannot go as deep. I can use this tool in 20 minutes for goal setting,solutions, bullying prevention, etc. I am giving an example of how I did the sand tray on myself to come up with a solution.
After completing the play therapy mandala and the sand tray I have noticed that I have to plan things out. With the play therapy mandala I enjoyed coloring but, I was aware of what I was coloring and the meaning behind the picture. The same goes for the sand tray, I enjoyed the relaxation feel of the sand tray but I was aware of the world that I was creating.
My sandtray world represents my current living situation. My husband is the duck, I am the princess and our dog is the dinosaur. We are in between two houses, the castle represents where we currently live and the crown represents our future abode.
The critters crawling on the castle are a representation of the crowded home that we live in, and the shark in front of us represents my fear of us getting to our future home.
Currently my husband and I live in my cousin’s basement. It is a complete basement, and it is a lot of space but we share do not have our own kitchen. Initially the shared space was not an issue, my cousin is single and we all had our own space. As time has progressed more and more people have moved into the house. Although no one comes into the basement, the extra people take away from the home feel.
We plan on moving into our own place after we have a certain amount of money saved, but I sometimes get nervous about not taking complete advantage of this situation. My husband I are fairly young, and married quickly so we needed the time to get our finances in order, and I do not want to leave a situation that is helping us because it is less than ideal. My cousin does not want us to leave, but I am ready to have my own space, kitchen included.
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