Sandtray: Playing to Heal, Recover, and Grow by Roxanne Rae

SandTray Therapy by Roxanne Rae

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Sandtray refers to psychotherapies that use sand, water, and miniatures. In this versatile and multisensory process, clients create a three-dimensional “world” in a tray of sand. In doing so, 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 such a play encounter, individuals can discover deeply held beliefs and/or resources. The right hemisphere of the brain is where implicit images reside and is the primary recorder of traumatic events.

The stories in this book demonstrate that Sandtray provides a means to access this right-brain function for accomplishing successful trauma treatment. Theories of play-research pioneer Margaret Lowenfeld and concepts from the field of interpersonal neurobiology are illustrated by stories of real people—from three-year-old Jada to eighty-three-year-old Mary. Instructive techniques are provided for both verbal and nonverbal interventions. The author presents a framework of Sandtray “aspects” to view play and Sandtray session interactions. In this reader-friendly, story-driven book, the student or novice therapist will find information to initiate the use of Sandtray methods, while the experienced psychotherapist will be able to integrate and apply these techniques with ease. Sandtray: Playing to Heal, Recover, and Grow invites mental health professionals to read this book to improve the integration of physical, intellectual, and emotional experiences of their clients. The Sandtray approach promotes a more coherent sense of self and greater mindfulness in daily life.


Amazon Reviews:

Marshall Lyles
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I enjoyed every moment of this thoughtful book. You can feel the attachment sensitivity in the author’s sacred treatment of sandtray therapy. I highly recommend!
Deborah D.
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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about sandtray therapy for themselves or for professional therapists seeking additional tools to assist their patients. There is plenty of useful advice that I think would be helpful for a professional thinking of setting up their own sandtray room.
Kindle Customer
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The book is well written and I would recommend it for anyone new to or curious about the Sandtray therapy process but also for those who are well-trained with lots of clinical experience and supervision.
E. Bechard
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I loved this book! Each chapter presents theory and analysis of case studies that beautifully intertwine together to help develop deeper tangible examples of understanding for practical application. The case studies shared were fascinating examples that kept me intrigued.

What is Sandtray Therapy?

Margaret Lowenfeld’s Sandtray methods are 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 can reveal how the non-cognitive aspect of our minds influence daily life. New perspectives gained through these sessions begin to clarify what actions one may take to heal, recover, and grow.

Sandtray can be a profoundly revitalizing and deeply intimate experience with one’s self. The therapist does not interpret or analyze the sand world but may function as a Witness or guide to enrich one’s focus, to explore and to harvest the wisdom from lesser-known parts of one’s life. Individuals make their own discoveries. Control lies with the Creator of the world. With a therapist’s aid, a world Creator can unfold fresh personal meanings. As people more clearly identify and harness the implicit aspects of their own lives, they become increasingly self-empowered to make healthier choices.