Sand Tray Therapy is one technique of Play Therapy that allows children to express themselves by using sand and figurines to create a scene that tells the story of who they are. This therapy allows a child the freedom to be creative and use non-verbal language to express how they are feeling.
Sand Tray Therapy can be particularly helpful for individuals who have experienced a traumatic event. While younger children are the age group that benefits from play therapy the most, Sand Tray Therapy can also be useful in the treatment of adolescents as well.
The goal of this therapy is for the scene that is created by the child to act as a reflection of their own life. This will then allow the child to remove any obstacles that may be holding them back, resolve conflicts, and gain acceptance of one’s self in a fun and therapeutic setting.
The Assessment Department at Heartland Behavioral Health Services is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your questions without charge. We cannot offer a diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, however, we can be reached anytime by calling 800-654-9605 to answer. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.