"Sandplay is a nonverbal, non-rational form of therapy that reaches a profound preverbal level of the psyche. In this psychotherapeutic modality clients create three-dimensional scenes, pictures or abstract design in a tray of specific size, using sand, water and a large number of miniature realistic figures." (Estelle L. Weinrib)"...the sandplay process encourages a creative regression that enables healing." (Estelle L. Weinrib)

By creating a safe and protected space, the therapist supports the client(s) in creating their world through the symbol(s). Each symbol represents a bridge between the unconscious and conscious world. By working further with the symbolic meaning more awareness can be gained. In working with children there is usually less verbal input, instead we encourage a follow up of painting, drawing or clay work.

Sandplay therapy is a modality that provides:

Sandplay History

An outline of some of the most influential people in the development of sandplay.

Sandplay Training

Tara holds two "one day" experiential training workshops (Sandplay 1 and Sandplay 2) at New Grove. In these workshops participants learn the basic principles of sandplay therapy, learn how to record basic sandplay work and how to work with symbols. Participants get the opportunity to be a client as well as a therapist. Tara has for a number of years lead workshop days for training establishments and social agencies. As she believes that only experiential learning is a safe way to learn sandplay therapy, clients need to attend her workshops at New Grove.

Recommended Text:

"Sandplay & Symbol Work Emotional Healing & Personal Development" by Mark Pearson and Helen Wilson is a book that contains detailed instructions for facilitating sandplay processes. The book discribes a range of exercises that can be used by the therapist. Preview "Sandplay & Symbol Work Emotional Healing & Personal Development" at Fishpond NZ.

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