Ellen Searle LeBel, LMFT, BC-DMT, CST-T

“Often the hands solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”
  - C. G. Jung

What happens in Sandplay therapy?

You arrange sand and miniature figures in a wooden tray to create a three-dimensional image. This image, or sand world, expresses your inner state in symbolic form. As the therapist refrains from interpreting or directing your play, you to feel safe and free to create without judgment or interference. Creating a series of sand images initiates a process of individuation and healing.

Who benefits from Sandplay?

Children, adolescents and adults can all successfully engage in Sandplay. By symbolically representing and enacting both conscious and unconscious themes in your life, you may gradually feel better able to move forward in your life with self awareness and authenticity. Sandplay may not be advised for anyone who is in an acute state of mental illness.

More about Sandplay therapy:

Sandplay therapy was developed by Dora Kalff, a Swiss therapist who studied at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. Her approach to child therapy gained recognition for its integration of Jungian concepts with what she called “the free and protected space” of the therapeutic relationship. Sandplay practice expanded as adults began to seek therapy with Kalff, recognizing that it could be a deeply transformative analytic process.

I have been practicing Sandplay therapy with adults and children since 1994 and am a Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teaching Member of the Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society of Sandplay Therapists. For more information visit Sandplay Therapists of America.