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What is Sandtray or Sandplay Therapy?

Sandtray is an expressive therapeutic technique that is used by children, adolescents, individual adults, couples, families and groups. A sandtray can be used by the patient to communicate to the therapist their experiences in a non-directive and non-threatening manner that side-steps the difficulty with direct expression. A sandtray therapist’s office is equipped with an extensive collection of miniature objects, sand and water. The sand is contained in a tray with a blue bottom. The client is invited to create a world in the tray by making patterns in the sand or by placing objects into the sandtray in any configuration that feels right to them. Patients are encouraged to play with the sand exactly as they wish. There is no right or wrong way to play.


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