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Sandbox Therapy or Sandtray is a form of experiential workshop which allows greater exploration of deep emotional issues. Sandplay therapy is suitable for children and adults and allows them to reach a deeper insight into and resolution of a range of issues in their lives such as deep anger, depression, abuse or grief.

Through a safe and supportive process they are able to explore their world using a sandtray and a collection of miniatures. Accessing hidden or previously unexplored areas is often possible using this expressive and creative way of working which does not rely on “talk” therapy.

"Sand Tray participants are invited to create a diorama (a story or miniature world) by arranging toy people, animals, and other items in the sandtray. The therapist evaluates the participant's choice and use of objects to draw various conclusions about the subject's psychological health. This non-invasive method works especially well with those individuals who are young or have trouble comprehending and talking about difficult issues, such as domestic or child abuse, incest, or the death of a family member."

See alsoEdit


Sandplay Therapy: A Step-By-Step Manual for Psychotherapists of Various Orientations , B. Labovitz Boik, E. Anna Goodwin, Norton Press, New York, NY, 2000.

Sandplay Studies: Origins, Theory and Practice, K. Bradway, K. Signell, G. Spare, C. Stewart, L. Stewart, C. Thompson, Sigo Press, Boston, MA 1981.

Sandtray Worldplay: Comprehensive Guide to the Use of the Sandtray in Psychotherapy and Transformational Settings, Gisela De Domenico, Vision Quest, Oakland, CA 1988.

Sandplay: A Psychotherapeutic Approach to the Psyche, Dora M. Kalff, Temenos Press, Cloverdale, CA 2003.

Play in Childhood, Margaret Lowenfeld, MacKeith Press, London 1991.

Introduction to Sandtray Therapy for Adult Victims of Trauma, Roberta G. Sachs, PHD. , Dissociative Disorders Program, 9600 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL 60076 1992.

Images Self: The Sandplay Therapy Process, of the Estelle L.Weinrib, Sigo Press, Boston, MA 1983.

Journal of Sandplay Therapy, Sandplay Therapists of America PO Box 4847 Walnut Creek, CA

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