One of the experiential treatment interventions used at the Crisis Center is Sandplay therapy. Adult and child clients have the option of using a small tray filled with smooth sand to express their thoughts and feelings. The process of creating a scene in the sand allows clients to process their conflict without necessarily using words. This allows clients to address issues they do not want to verbalize or are not able to verbalize. Sandplay therapy is used with individual adults or children as well as with families.
“[Sandplay] is characterized by the use of sand, water and miniatures in the creation of images within a “free and protected space” of the therapeutic relationship and the sand tray. A series of Sandplay images portrayed in the sand tray create an ongoing dialogue between the conscious and the unconscious aspects of the client’s psyche, which activates a healing process and the development of the personality.”
International Society for Sandplay Therapy website www.isst-society.com