Sand tray therapy is a safe way for students to share emotions they may not feel comfortable discussing anywhere else. Our large, table high sand box is surrounded by hundreds of small figurines of all kinds. The student picks which figures he or she would like to play with in the sand that are representations of their feelings or emotions. The process of picking figures and the resulting play and discussion reveals a new aspect of their struggles. The therapist helps the student explore those emotions or issues as part of the healing process.
Although this type of treatment or experience may seem trivial or adolescent, there are too many great therapeutic moments to discount its value in the treatment process. One of our team members often share an experience they had with a news reporter who visited our program and asked about the odd appearance of “sand tray” therapy, toys and how that applied to teens and recovery. The reporter was asked to try it out by selecting a handful of toys and begin by creating scenes based upon the questions asked by the therapist and the answers she gave. During this test-session, the reporter started to get emotional as things came in to perspective for her about her life and relationships, giving her a small taste of the effectiveness that experiential therapy can have on helping us identify and work through our challenges in a safe setting.
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