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Benefits of a Sand Tray in Therapy

A sand tray used in therapy is a nonverbal, therapeutic intervention that utilises a sandbox, and symbolic figures/items to create scenes of miniature worlds that imitate inner thoughts, struggles, experiences and worries.

Alongside creative therapy and talk therapy the sand tray and figures become a communication tool, it often uncovers unconscious or buried issues and allows them to be explored.


A Sand tray may be useful with clients who’ve suffered adverse experiences, including neglect or abuse as a safe way of exploring without having to find the words to disclose or explain the sensitive details.


A Sand tray works well for young people, who often can’t express their experiences and feelings in words, it is also helpful for some adults who are having trouble expressing themselves especially in terms of sensitive issues; it also adds a deeper level of exploration to the regular therapeutic process.

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