Approaches with Children

Sandplay is aimed at using imaginative play for the purpose of resolution and healing. There is no strict interpretation or assessment of the symbolic contents of the tabletop sand box. This approach can be particularly helpful when the issue being dealt with may be too intense or painful to talk about. The kitchen that provides a private counseling area for approaches geared toward children houses over 250 items in its drawers and cabinets.

The characteristics common to any one of the 75 stuffed characters ranging from anteater to yak can represent personal qualities as well. Combined with bilateral stimulation, the targeted attribute or quality can be enhanced and rehearsed for future use.

Even without the skills of an art therapist, encouraging visual depiction of feelings and circumstances can be tremendously helpful when verbal skills seem inadequate to express the immensity or the subtlety of an experience.