I am Roxanne Rae (LCSW, BCD), and I welcome you to my website. Here I share my extensive experience and knowledge about Expressive Arts and Play Therapy with adults and children.
What is Sandtray Therapy?
Imagine “Sandtray,” the predominantly non-verbal method that uses sand, water, and miniature items to unleash the power of creative play. Sandtray encourages the exploration of preverbal, nonverbal, and implicit or right-brain thinking processes. Initially developed as a treatment for children, Sandtray has also proven highly effective with adults, particularly those with trauma. Forming one’s own 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 Sandtray sessions individuals can uncover and access the image or implicit thinking portion of their minds that lie out of the reach of everyday consciousness. People can also discover deeply held beliefs and resources.
What is Play Therapy?
The term “play therapy” is a general term which may include the use of drawing and other art forms, sand trays, puppets, movement and dance, music and drama, and toys and games. These vehicles can be combined with other psychotherapy techniques and focused on helping children release anxieties, reduce distress, learn effective communication, enhance coping abilities, and facilitate many other skills which lead to improved self-understanding and social functioning.