by Perry Birbrager
This video talks about what a typical sand tray session would look like.
There are 3 parts of a session: 1. set up 2. scene creation phase 3. processing phase
In set up, it is important to have shelves or tables of miniatures set up before client arrives. This can take some time, unless you have a layout all the time
In scene creation, this is typically the explanation of creating a scene of life. The therapist tells the client to be as honest as possible. It is ok to use images and figures of the past, but it is important to try to focus on the present, the here and now. Once a client is finished creating their world, they will say they are finished. While they are creating, the therapist should pay attention to the clients face for emotions present in nonverbal language.
The processing phase is where a therapist asks the client to talk about the scene created in the tray. If the client is feeling something, then it is important to explore emotions present. It is very important to stay in the moment, and focus on present as much as possible. The tray is somewhat of a cotherapist, as it can trigger emotions, across the spectrum. The tray is a process of awareness and growth, and the therapist is their to assist the client in facing their emotions.
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