I offer an expressive therapy called Sandtray Therapy to clients who are interested. Sandtray is a great alternative way of processing where the client creates and explores meaningful scenes that might portray memories, feelings, goals, or self-exploration.
Generally, adults are reluctant to participate in Sandtray as it feels childish or they don't know how. There is no right or wrong way to complete a tray!
Clients start by bringing their attention to the sand by noticing how it feels. Once comfortable, they are invited to chose miniature figures that provoke emotions or symbolize something that they are trying to communicate. The miniatures are added to the tray as the clinician silently observes until the client completes the tray and is ready to talk about what they've created.
The client and therapist will be able to identify patterns and themes, process emotions, bring attention to meaningful details, and increase client's insight and awareness about their creativity and the scenarios they recreate.
Art therapy can a great way to explore, communicate and release emotions. For interested clients, I supply a range of art materials and a safe space for the client to create visual representations of emotions, experiences and ideas. Client's can choose between creating completely independently, or for me to have a more directive approach depending on comfort level and goals.
Possible Benefits of Sandtray: