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Roxanne Rae's Sandtray

Imagine "Sandtray", the method that uses sand, water, and miniatures to unleash the power of creative play. Play in a three-dimensional sand "world"" may evoke both joy and self- understanding. Knowing ourselves is necessary for psychological survival, functions as a basic protection from life's difficulties, and is a foundation for resolving them. In the Sandtray process a person can uncover and access the image or implicit thinking portion of his or her mind that lies out of the reach of everyday consciousness. In a Sandtray encounter individuals can discover deeply held beliefs and /or resources. The Sandtray process I use offers a powerful method to secure not only survival but also transformation and growth.

Sandtray is designed to access the innate healing powers within an individual's life. Using what is created in the sand world we can reach into the depths of our lives and bring forth the images that we routinely rely on for perception and decision making. Sometimes our experiences are beyond words, and at other times our words do not accurately reflect our experiences. Sandtray allows exploration of the nonverbal, right-brain thinking process and can reveal how the non-cognitive aspect of one's mind influences his or her daily life. New perspectives gained through Sandtray begin to clarify what actions to take to heal, recover, and grow.

Sandtray can be a profoundly revitalizing and deeply intimate experience with your self. I do not interpret or analyze your creation. I do function as a Witness or guide to enrich your focus, to explore and to harvest the wisdom from this lesser known part of your life. You make your own discoveries. Control lies with you, the Creator of the world. Together we will advance the unfolding of your personal meanings. As you more clearly identify and harness the implicit aspects of your own life, you become increasingly self-empowered to make healthier choices.

Counseling/Psychotherapy Services:
For more than 40 years I have assisted individuals and families in navigating physical and/or mental-health challenges. My experience includes work in hospitals and clinics, in non-profit and public agencies, and in private practice, now in Ashland, Oregon. My areas of specialty are:

  • Trauma, including accidents, childhood abuse, and domestic violence
  • Child and adolescent development, including parent/child relationships, learning and developmental disabilities, abuse and neglect, and adoption.
  • Mood disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Chronic illness and disability
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Stress management, life transitions, and decision-making
  • Expressive arts and play therapies, particularly Sandtray (Author of: Sandtray: Playing to Heal, Recover, and Grow, Jason Aronson, 2013; paperback, 2015)

I help people learn about themselves and develop new skills to aid in their psychological survival. These life skills function as a basic protection from difficulties, providing a foundation for resolving them. Acquiring a core-self connection supports us as we face and manage our problems, affording greater satisfaction within our personal and professional worlds. I am committed to helping people access the innate healing powers inherent in their own lives. Based in attachment and neurobiology theories, my approach to treatment integrates our bodies, intellects, and emotions. I welcome all faiths, cultures, genders, and ages.

Consultation/Supervision Services:
Psychotherapy is different from many other professions in that we do not all apply the same set of actions or tools to each person that asks for our help. We do base our services on a body of knowledge and skills. The art of knowing when and how to apply what we have learned is based on our personal interactions with our clients. This therapeutic process deeply engages all aspects lives—our perceptions, memories, beliefs, and automatic reactions as human beings, including both what is readily known to us and what is implicit. The more we learn about ourselves and how we function in the world, the more helpful therapists we can become.

The client /therapist dyad is embedded in a dynamic relational space that is co-created in our moments together. During therapy a client becomes a healthier functioning person within the context of this vital relationship with the therapist. As clinicians, we have the challenge of entering a lived, authentic connection with our clients while maintaining appropriate and reliable boundaries. We use what we know, who we are, and what is in our hearts to aid others to improve their lives. While creating a safe environment for our clients to explore and grow, we share affective states with them, providing both resonance and containment. Not having a script for these functions requires that therapists continually review and develop our own approaches and processes for this work. With the aid of supervision/consultation we can increase our capacities for flexibility, tolerance, and self- regulation, to better honor our clients with compassion, empathy, and respect.

If you are considering supervision for licensure or consultation to hone your treatment approach, please contact me for a free consultation to determine how we may work together. You can reach me by e-mail at playwithrox@gmail.com or by telephone at (541) 292-9277. I look forward to hearing from you.

Roxanne Rae, MSW, LCSW, BCD
California License # LCS 7194 - Oregon License # L3807