Self-Healing in Sand Tray Therapy Continued / Page Five 

In this Sand Tray Therapy Self- Healing Activity you will be able to identify a “Feeling” with a Miniature in Sand Tray Therapy for Self-Healing:

Simply allow the feeling happen…… examine it…talk to it….spend some time with it… then allow it to pass through you.

In this exercise you will start to examine and acknowledge your feelings. Feelings are “messengers” from our body and brain. They are there to keep us safe. All feelings are “okay” and need to tell us something. In this activity you will take the time to listen to what the “feeling” is telling you.

Materials Needed for Self-Healing in Sand Tray Therapy:

-One miniature that represents a feeling you are experiencing in the present moment.

-One prepared Sand Tray for Sand Tray Therapy.


Directions for Sand Tray Therapy Self-Healing Activity:

1.     Chose one miniature that represents the feeling you are experiencing in the present moment.

2.    Place it in the sand tray wherever you want it to be.

3.    Ask the miniature what it needs? Try to find out what the miniature (feeling) is trying to tell you, or teach you. Tell your “miniature” it is safe in the sand tray. 

4.    If applicable give the feeling a name.

5.    Acknowledge the “feeling miniature” and spend some time with it. Let it know you except it at this moment in time.

6.    Allow the “feeling” to pass through you as if it was sand and you were a colander.

7.    Make a note of the “miniature feeling” and discuss with your therapist if needed. Keep the miniature handy because you will probably use for future sand tray therapy activities.


My Feeling that is Presenting is:___________________________________________

Miniature Chosen to Represent a Feeling:___________________________________

The Name I have given My “Feeling Miniature” is:_________________________

Notes, Thoughts, Comments about the Sand Tray Therapy Session:


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