"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." -Plato
In this current age and time that rushes toward the future or is preoccupied with rigid stories of the past, the simplicity and depth of Sandtray Therapy provides a space for contact with the inner, symbolic world. A basic premise of working in sandtray is that psyche possesses a natural tendency to heal itself, given the proper conditions. Similar to our physical wounds that heal under beneficial conditions, the psyche has an instinctual wisdom that emerges when able to operate naturally.
“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” C. G. Jung
Sandtray is “hands on” psychological work, and is an adjunct to talk therapy. It is a powerful therapeutic method that facilitates the psyche’s natural capacity for healing.
In a “free and protected” space, the client creates a concrete manifestation from his or her imagination using sand and miniature objects. In this way Sandtray helps honor and illuminate the client’s internal symbolic world, providing a place for its expression within a safe container. With sufficient time and understanding, a sandtray experience can lead the client into layers of experience that are pre-verbal and long forgotten to the conscious mind. Through the tangible emergence of personal and archetypal symbols in the tray in a safe environment, the client moves toward a sense of balance and wholeness.