What is Sandplay Therapy?

Sandplay Therapy is used for all ages (3 to 103!)

Sandplay Therapy is a powerful therapeutic technique that facilitates the psyche natural capacity for healing, it externalises the internal world ‘provides a way for material from the unconscious to become visible, healed, and integrated into the consciousness’
*Neuro science research supports the fact that emotional memories and traumatic experiences are stored in the limbic system and right hemisphere of the brain, along with non-verbal, sensory experiences such as images, body sensations and emotions. Non Verbal therapies like Sandplay are the most effective ways to access and release the ‘unconscious’ feelings and experiences so they can be healed.

Sandplay Therapy for Children

Children don’t have the words to unpack traumatic experiences or maybe sometimes they struggle to discuss their sadness/anxieties about school, whatever the presenting issue may be, the non verbal nature of Sandplay Therapy and the familiar sensory input from the sand can help children achieve feelings of comfort and security. This method of therapy is a valuable and powerful outlet for children and is an incredibly insightful method of gaining access to emotional experiences.

Sandplay Therapy for adolescents and adults!

Although Sandplay Therapy may look like child’s play, it is a highly therapeutic and multidimensional form of therapy that can provide emotional release and realisation for a person in therapy. Adolescents and adults who show limited response to other types of therapy may respond well to Sandplay Therapy. Using the miniatures and sand to create their inner world into a 3D dimensional, externalised picture provides a narrative of the unconscious which can give a person the courage and ability to recognise the capacity for personal growth.

Why Play based Therapies?

Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children. Play Therapy utilizes this natural ability of children and uses developmentally appropriate techniques to expand self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization and self-efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects us to people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions, and boosts our ego. In addition, play allows us to practice skills and roles needed for survival. Researchers now have evidence that learning and development are best fostered through play.

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