It is a therapeutic method combined both ¨art and play¨ developed by Dora Kalff, a Jungian therapist, in Switzerland in the 1950s and ’60s based on her studies at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, in Tibetan Buddhism, and with Margaret Lowenfeld, in England.
In sandplay therapy, the client is given the possibility, by means of figures and the arrangement of the sand in the area bounded by the sandbox, to set up a world corresponding to his or her inner state. In this manner, through free, creative play, unconscious processes are made visible in a three-dimensional form and a pictorial world comparable to the dream experience.
Through a series of images that take shape in this way, the process of individuation described by C. G. Jung is stimulated and brought to fruition.
A therapy without words
If you find it is difficult to explain what is going on in your mind verbally, you can use sandplay therapy to free yourself from the words and consciousness.
You can use the sand and figures to create a world of your own. You can present the inner self by creation, imagination and whatever you feel like. There is no judgement and no need to be artistic.
Present your world by hands
I would work with you to analyze the sand trays you create and use it as a channel to know yourself more and to start the self development process. Through the sessions, you will find yourself being closer to your own psyche.
Sandplay therapy is a combination of art therapy and play therapy, which is a very good method for adults to relax from daily stresses and to connect with your own self in order to heal the trauma and to develop.