Sandplay Therapy

What is Sandplay Therapy?

Sandplay therapy is a therapeutic approach where children, adolescent, and adult clients use a tray of sand with figurines and materials to symbolize and simulate situations that reflect their inner worlds. It may involve using one’s imagination while sometimes incorporating literature to encourage the client to express how the stories relate to their own experiences, thoughts, and emotions.

How Does Sandplay Therapy Work?

Clients create and interact with the sand, figurines, and sometimes water, to build scenes that recreate their inner world, allowing unconscious thoughts and emotions to surface. The therapist observes and facilitates discussions to help clients gain insights and resolve psychological issues. In sandplay therapy, the following techniques are often used:

  • Humanistic Approach: This modality emphasizes clients’ values and fosters creative expression. It is deal for those struggling to articulate feelings verbally.
  • World Technique: This utilizes miniatures and encourages arrangement in sand. The therapist then observes and analyzes interactions for insights.
  • Symbolism and Metaphor: Sand scenes symbolize inner experiences. It can be considered as a guided interpretation with the therapist.
  • Nonverbal Communication: This is vital for those who struggle to share their experiences and emotions, aiding trauma survivors in expressing their inner world.

When is Sandplay Therapy Used?

Sandplay therapy is often employed with individuals who have experienced trauma, neglect, abuse, or those struggling with emotional wounds. It’s suitable for children, teens, and adults facing difficulties in expressing themselves verbally. It is also used for clients suffering from chronic disesases, disabilities or language difficulties.

It has been shown to be effective in treating the following issues:

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger management
  • Relationship problems (e.g., divorce)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Chronic diseases
  • Abuse

What to Expect from Sandplay Therapy

In sandplay therapy, clients should expect to work in a safe and non-judgmental environment. They’ll create miniature worlds with sand and figures, which will be discussed with the therapist to gain insights and potentially lead to positive changes in their real lives.

Experience the healing power of Sandplay Therapy with one of our therapists trained in this specialty. Schedule a consultation with Insight Psychological now. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach us by clicking here.

Brooke Hendricks

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Assessments

Loriann Quinlan

Edmonton South, Edmonton West, Online

Adults, Seniors

Terri Mulveney

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), LGBTQ community

Brandi Enns

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Sabrina Brady

Edmonton Central, Edmonton North, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Karla Buchholz

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Nikesha Deenoo

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Sexuality

Nicole Donovan

Edmonton South, Online, Sherwood Park

Adults, Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17)

Kathryn Maier

Edmonton North, Online

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Families, Assessments

Cody Cobler

Edmonton North, Online, Sherwood Park

Adults, Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Families, LGBTQ community

Dawn Doucet Banting

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community

Meghan Odsen

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Chantelle Owen

Edmonton Central, Online, Edmonton West

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Luke Suelzle

Edmonton South, Online, Edmonton Central

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Families, Couples, Sexuality

Kim Phua

Edmonton North, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Brilene Wohlgemuth

Edmonton South, Sherwood Park, Online

Adults, Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Families, LGBTQ community, Assessments

Dr. Hendriatta Wong

Corporate Services

Shirley Leonard

Corporate Services

Tara-Lee Goerlitz

Corporate Services

Trina Wilson Orieux

Corporate Services

Adults

At this time, Insight Psychological does not have therapists who specialize in this specific area, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help you! Please contact us to talk with our Intake Personnel to find a therapist that is a good fit for you and your unique circumstances.