Sand tray therapy is a type of therapy used often with children, but adults can benefit, as well.
It was developed by Margaret Lowenfield, Dora Kaliff, Goesta Harding, Charlotte Buhler, Hedda Bolgar, Lisolotte Fischer, and Ruth Bowyer. Sand tray therapy allows clients to create their own world using various types of figures, miniature toys, and colored sand. This world reflects the person’s own life, experiences, and thoughts. It gives the individual the avenue to process unresolved conflicts, traumas, obstacles, and gain clarity into aspects of their life.
This type of therapy allows for concerns to be processed in a safe environment, giving the client control of their world and its construction. The therapist will observe and process within the person’s work in the sand. They are actively involved in helping the client process emotions in the moment and facilitate growth through the experience.