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Sand Play Therapy

I offer sandplay therapy for adults.  This is an interestingly different way of working - either as an integral part of talking therapy or as the main focus of our work together.


My experience of this is that it offers a powerful, and safe, way of accessing deeper feelings and blockages, by-passing the use of words. Sometimes we can get stuck in our heads and in language, with the sand tray we are encouraged to respond to intuition, feelings and emotions first, and thoughts later.


The sand tray and a wide range of figures are the medium. I will invite you to make a selection of figures/symbols and to place them in and around the tray as you feel makes sense.  The tray is then a snapshot of where you are at that particular moment.  Trays develop and change as time goes on, we may focus on one element or may start afresh each time.


The theoretical basis for this work stems from Jung and his work on  archetypes and a Swiss therapist called Dora Kalff. The tray itself is the size of our field of vision, the space we can see without having to move our head. The symbols/models, shapes in the sand are whatever we want them to be.  The suggestion is that sand play work facilitates the psyche’s natural capacity for healing, in the safe place created and facilitated by the therapist. Using the forms and symbols the images and experiences created with the sandtray, we can become more aware of the blocks to our development and growth.


What are psychotherapy and counselling?


The UK Council for Psychotherapy states that psychotherapy:


"involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way with someone trained you help you do it safely."


The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s definition of counselling is:


"Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies.  They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their well being."

I now feel I really have the tools I need to live the life I have always wanted. T.M.